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6:20 PM ET, July 1, 2006


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New York Times:
When Do We Publish a Secret?  —  SINCE Sept. 11, 2001, newspaper editors have faced excruciating choices in covering the government's efforts to protect the country from terrorist agents.  Each of us has, on a number of occasions, withheld information because we were convinced that publishing it could put lives at risk.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Trust us.  We really did think deeply about it.  —  The editors of The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times explain how they decide when to publish a secret: … The two editors — Dean Baquet and Bill Keller — rely heavily on the idea that government officials shouldn't have the final …
Media Matters for America:
"Media Matters"; by Paul Waldman  —  A declaration of war  —  This week, the conservatives declared war.  —  Not on The New York Times.  Not even on the media in general.  No, this week the entire conservative movement — from the White House to Republicans in Congress to Fox News …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fox poll: 66% support prosecuting media for leaks that help terrorists  —  Bryan had to wait a few days, but here 'tis:  —  Seventy percent, including 58% of Democrats, say they support "the U.S. Treasury Department tracking suspected terrorist financing through a secret program that looks at money transfers."
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   Secrets, Secrets  —  The editors of the New York and LA Times publish …
Washington Post:
GOP Seeks Advantage In Ruling On Trials  —  National Security Is Likely Rallying Cry, Leaders Indicate  —  Republicans yesterday looked to wrest a political victory from a legal defeat in the Supreme Court, serving notice to Democrats that they must back President Bush on how to try suspects …
Gonzales: Gitmo ruling 'hampered' war on terror  —  CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) — The Supreme Court decision that ruled against the Bush administration's plan to try suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay prison has "hampered our ability" to deal with terrorists, the U.S. attorney general said Saturday.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Warner Is Uncertain on Legislation for Tribunals
Discussion: Is That Legal?
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:   Detainees May Test Reach of Guantánamo Ruling
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Experts: Ruling weakens Bush spying plan
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Do Political Leaders Make Legitimate Targets Of War?  —  Israel's threat to assassinate Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh if the terrorist group does not return Gilad Shalit unharmed has created an international uproar.  Many pundits and diplomats have scolded Israel for escalating a conflict unnecessarily …
Peter T. Kilborn / New York Times:
Weekends With the President's Men  —  There is a lens in the birdhouse at the driveway of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's home at St. Michaels, Md.  —  JUST an hour and a half from Washington, across the 4.3-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge, or less than 30 minutes in a government-issue Chinook helicopter …
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen / Time:
Poll: Good News Fails to Boost Bush's Job Approval  —  In a new TIME survey, Americans say the President is performing poorly and that the country is increasingly on the wrong track  —  A spate of good news at home and abroad has so far failed to boost how Americans feel about President Bush's job performance.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
State Tracked Protesters in the Name of Security  —  Officials say they have stopped monitoring antiwar and political rallies.  The practice violates civil rights, Atty. Gen. Lockyer says.  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office in charge of protecting California against terrorism …
Laura / War and Piece:   Domestic spying on peace groups in California by the state office …
Paul Shukovsky / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Gitmo win likely cost Navy lawyer his career  —  'Fearless' defense of detainee a stinging loss for Bush  —  Lt. Cmdr.  Charles Swift — the Navy lawyer who beat the president of the United States in a pivotal Supreme Court battle over trying alleged terrorists — figures he'll probably have to find a new job.
Discussion: Billmon and Amygdala
Michael J. Totten:
Moderate Islamists Found … SULEIMANIYA, IRAQ - When I went to the Middle East for a six-month extended visit I wanted to see if I could find a genuinely moderate Islamist political party, one that not only practices democracy but also believes in it.  There was a slight chance Hezbollah might fit that description.
Discussion: Booker Rising
Tom Hester Jr / Associated Press:
Budget impasse shuts down N.J. government  —  TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Jon S. Corzine shut down the state government Saturday after a deadline to adopt a new balanced budget expired, bringing road construction projects to a halt and furloughing tens of thousands of state employees indefinitely.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Edward Wong / New York Times:
G.I.'s Investigated in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 30 — The American military is investigating accusations that soldiers raped an Iraqi woman in her home and killed her and three family members, including a child, American officials said Friday.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Judge Acquits 2 Ex-Detectives in Mob Killings  —  A federal judge tossed out the racketeering convictions of two retired New York City detectives yesterday — including eight murders for the mob — because the statute of limitations had run out, despite citing overwhelming evidence that the men had committed …
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