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8:20 AM ET, July 8, 2006


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Nick Wadhams / Associated Press:
Japan pushes for sanctions on N. Korea  —  UNITED NATIONS - Over Chinese and Russian objections, Japan introduced a draft Security Council resolution Friday that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its series of rocket test-launches and also order a halt to its development of ballistic missiles.
Jonathan Thatcher / Reuters:
N.Korea issues new threat  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threatened on Friday to take "stronger physical actions" after Japan imposed punitive measures in response to its barrage of missile tests and pushed for broader sanctions at the United Nations.  —  Japan introduced …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Blue Crab Boulevard
Bush: I'd rather be right than popular
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Washington Post:
Plot to Attack N.Y. Foiled  —  A terrorist plot to attack transit tunnels under New York's Hudson River was broken up in its early planning stages, U.S. authorities said yesterday, with three suspects arrested overseas, including a Lebanese man the FBI said was an al-Qaeda follower.
Oliver Moore / Globe and Mail:
Canadian linked to New York terrorism plot  —  A terrorist plot against New York involved at least one Canadian currently held in custody overseas, an FBI source knowledgeable about the investigation said Friday.  —  The suspect is one of eight people — three of them in custody …
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
U.S. Says Terror Plot to Bomb Tunnels Was Disrupted (Update3)
Washington Post:
New Links Between Abramoff, White House  —  Lobbyist Jack Abramoff had a half-dozen White House appointments in the early months of the Bush administration, according to logs released yesterday by the U.S. Secret Service.  —  The appointments included a meeting with a domestic policy aide …
Discussion: War and Piece
U.S. Secret Service Forced to Release More White House Logs Detailing Abramoff Visits  —  Available on Judicial Watch's Internet Site,  —  (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and TPMmuckraker
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Bush or Keller?
Opinion Journal:
Safe at Any Speed  —  With higher speed limits, our highways have been getting safer.  —  It's another summer weekend, when millions of families pack up the minivan or SUV and hit the road.  So this is also an apt moment to trumpet some good, and underreported, news: Driving on the highways is safer today than ever before.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Agenda in House Has Moderates Unhappy  —  WASHINGTON, July 7 — Moderate Republicans say a planned summer push by the House leadership on conservative causes like gun rights and new abortion restrictions threatens the re-election prospects of embattled centrists, who are key to the party's drive to hold Congress.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and THE NEWS BLOG
New York Times:
General Faults Marine Response to Iraq Killings  —  WASHINGTON, July 7 — The second-ranking American commander in Iraq has concluded that some senior Marine officers were negligent in failing to investigate more aggressively the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians by marines in Haditha last November …
Discussion: Amygdala
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Ahmadinejad warns of Islamic 'explosion'  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president warned Friday that continued Israeli strikes against Palestinians could lead to an Islamic "explosion" targeting Israel and its Western supporters.  —  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told thousands of demonstrators gathered …
Nell Henderson / Washington Post:
Whither the Women?  —  After Decades on Rise, Labor Participation Rate Is Down  —  The trend was clear and consistent.  Since the end of World War II and stretching to the start of the current millennium, the percentage of American women entering the labor force rose steadily …
New York Post:
N.Y. GAY-MARRIAGE RULING:  —  ... & BLUEPRINT FOR VICTORY  —  July 7, 2006 — SUPPORTERS of gay marriage won a resounding victory yesterday - even if they don't know it yet.  —  In a 4-2 decision, New York state's Court of Appeals made a simple, but firm, declaration …
Discussion: Dean's World and Daily Pundit
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
New York Judges Reject Any Right to Gay Marriage
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Justices Tacitly Backed Use of Guantánamo, Bush Says  —  WASHINGTON, July 7 — In his most detailed comments to date on the Supreme Court's rejection of his decision to put detainees on trial before military commissions, President Bush said Friday that the court had tacitly approved …
Denis Horgan / Colin McEnroe:
The Thursday Night Fights  —  I haven't read anyone else's coverage or analysis yet, so forgive me if I'm repeating here.  —  Joe: I wasn't surprised by his pugnacious style.  You can't really disguise where you are, emotionally, in a situation like that, and his handlers were probably urging him to come out swinging, anyway.
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Parliament Tells Europeans to Explain What They Knew About U.S. Tracking of Bank Data  —  BRUSSELS, July 6 — The European Parliament demanded Thursday that European institutions in Brussels and European governments disclose how much they knew about a secret American program to tap into international banking data.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Another Day, Another Terror Plot  —  The Daily News wants you to know that FEAR is BACK, exclusively reporting that the FBI has uncovered a serious terrorist plot to bomb the Holland Tunnel "in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan."  (And disrupt all that progress down at the WTC?
Media Matters for America:
Media Matters asks Random House to investigate Coulter plagiarism allegations  —  Tina Constable, Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity  —  Dear Mr. Olson, Mr. Applebaum, Ms. Frost, and Ms. Constable:  —  I am writing to bring to your attention troubling evidence that one of your authors …
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James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Powell: Close Guantanamo Now
Discussion: Extreme Mortman
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Emergency Over, Saith the Court
Greg Gutfeld / The Huffington Post:
Our father  —  Our father died on this day, eight years ago.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
No Consensus Among Americans About What to Do in Iraq
Bert Gall / TCS Daily:
Kelo's Backlash: Imminent Success?
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
California Man Revealed as al Qaeda Leader
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Why are Bush supporters celebrating today's leak of classified information?
 Earlier Items: 
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Sources say no serious plot for NYC, just hate chatter
Michelle Malkin:
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
The 'Rahm Whining About Dean' WATB Storyline
Discussion: The Agonist
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
U.N. CONFERENCE ENDING, FREEDOM WINNING!!  As of 6 p.m. eastern time …
Discussion: Classical Values
The Raw Story:
Bush says report CIA bin Laden unit closed is 'incorrect'
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
You Can Quote Them on That, Maybe
Discussion: Poynter Online
New York Times:
The Fragile Kennedy Court