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10:15 AM ET, July 4, 2006


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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON, July 3 — The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday.  —  The unit, known as Alec Station …
Symbiotic Relationship  —  The implications of this new evidence are troubling, too, for the American people as they head toward another election in November 2006 that also is viewed as a referendum on Bush's prosecution of the "war on terror."  —  As we have reported previously at …
The Raw Story:   CIA closes down unit that was hunting Bin Laden
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:   CIA Closes Failed Bin Laden Unit
New York Times:
Senator's Plan B Creates Quandary for Democrats  —  Six years ago Joseph I. Lieberman came within a hairbreadth of the vice presidency after the Democratic Party chose him as a moderate face whose support for family values and a stronger military might attract Reagan Democrats and independents.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and A Blog For All
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Lieberman May Run as Independent  —  Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), the Democratic Party's 2000 vice presidential nominee and a leading voice of its centrist wing, announced yesterday that he will run as an independent in the November general election if he loses a primary battle next month …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
William Yardley / New York Times:   Lieberman Plans Independent Bid if Primary Fails
Mike Schneider / Associated Press:
NASA Gives Green Light for Shuttle Launch  —  CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA officials decided a crack in Discovery's fuel tank insulating foam wasn't enough of a threat to stop the countdown Tuesday to their first Independence Day shuttle launch.  The launch is set for 2:38 p.m. EDT.
Guy Gugliotta / Washington Post:
Foam Mishap Won't Delay Shuttle Launch  —  CAPE CANAVERAL, July 3 — NASA engineers cleared space shuttle Discovery late Monday for an Independence Day launch after technicians used a makeshift inspection probe to show that the loss of a small piece of foam insulation from the external fuel tank did not pose a safety threat for liftoff.
Discussion: Billmon and Below The Beltway
Jerusalem Post:
Switzerland: Israel violating int'l law  —  GENEVA  —  Switzerland said Monday that Israel has been violating international law in its Gaza offensive by heavy destruction and endangering civilians in acts of collective punishment banned under the Geneva conventions on the conduct of warfare.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Dissident's Holiday  —  Have you ever noticed a certain hesitant quality to the expressions of patriotism by progressives or left-wingers?  —  The patriotism of the conservative goes unquestioned.  It's assumed that every politician on the right will wear a flag on his lapel …
John Kerry / The Huffington Post:
How to Love Your Country  —  This Fourth of July it's right …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Front Page Magazine:
Replies to criticis of my Cheney-Rumsfeld vacation home blog - Monday, July 03, 2006 9:40 AM  —  Printable Send to a friend Comments  —  A fellow named Greenwald is having some fun with my post about the NY Times photos of Cheney's and Rumsfeld's vacation homes, which included Rumsfeld's security camera.
Jerusalem Post:
Asheri killers surrender to IDF troops  —  Three Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorists suspected of kidnapping and killing Itamar resident Eliyahu Asheri last week, surrendered to elite IDF troops in Ramallah early Tuesday morning after a three-hour standoff.  —  According to Army Radio …
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Mexico: One of the Most Electrifying Election Nights Ever  —  (Note: The following are Michael Barone's impressions from the results of the Mexican election last night.  Barone's detailed, blow-by-blow account of the returns can be found here.)  —  MEXICO CITY - This is one of the most astonishing …
Michael Barone / The RCP Blog:
Updates From Mexico City - Michael Barone
Mark / Mark in Mexico:
Mexico presidential election: Calderon probable winner
Discussion: Reuters, BBC and The Influence Peddler
Dirty wars, dirty bombs  —  Plus, Slacker Friday letters  —  I am taking an extra day because I love my country, sooo much.  If people really miss me, I'll be on Al Franken's show around 1:30 p.m. ET.  —  I've got a new Think Again: The Best of Times . here.  —  We're not yet a police state.
Anton La Guardia / Telegraph:
Target any white person: the chilling guidelines for Bali suicide bombers  —  Any white person is a target.  Avoid hotels because they are too well protected.  Carry the bombs in small knapsacks to avoid suspicion.  And don't worry about your escape route because you will become a "martyr".
Mark Landler / New York Times:
World Cup Brings Little Pleasure to German Brothels  —  BERLIN, June 30 — On the night before Germany was to play Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the prostitutes who work at the Artemis Sauna Club here were putting on their game faces.  —  With tens of thousands …
The Anchoress:
Anchoress identifies source of world's problems  —  Against all sense, and my own better judgement, I today took a trip to the local Costco in order to buy hamburgers, chicken legs and marinade in the mass quantities needed in order to entertain guests on the Fourth of July.
Discussion: JunkYardBlog
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Amanda Beck / Reuters:
Anti-war protesters begin July 4 fast
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Declaration of Independence: A Fisking
Discussion: The Indepundit and Wizbang
Tom Coghlan / Independent:
Two British soldiers killed as Afghan poppy crop booms
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Again Rejects Deadline on Nuclear Proposal
John Steele / Telegraph:
Terror plots accelerating, warns police chief
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Poputonian / Hullabaloo:
Fundamentals of Invasion (from a Codpiece original)
Jellyfish-like Creatures May Play Major Role In Fate Of Carbon Dioxide In The Ocean
Ahmed Rashid / Washington Post:
How to Help Afghanistan
Discussion: Daimnation!
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Associated Press:
Al-Zarqawi's cell phone reportedly yields surprises
Jason Bennetto / Independent:
MI5 conducts secret inquiry into 8,000 al-Qa'ida 'sympathisers'
Discussion: Hot Air, lgf and USS Neverdock
Michelle Malkin:
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2006  —  One of my favorite passages …
Associated Press:
N. Korea warns of nuclear war if attacked
Tim Whitmire / Associated Press:
Ex-GI charged with rape of Iraqi, deaths
Discussion: THE NEWS BLOG and First Draft
Opinion Journal:
The Great Pro-America Steak-Out
Thomas Watkins / Associated Press:
Court intervenes in Calif. cross fight