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4:15 PM ET, August 17, 2006


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Sarah Karush / Associated Press:
Judge nixes warrantless surveillance  —  DETROIT - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.  —  U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike …
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Federal court finds warrantless eavesdropping unconstitutional, enjoins the program  —  (updated multiple times)  —  I do not yet know anything more than what is in this AP article, but if it is accurate, it is extraordinary news — extraordinarily good news — on every level.
NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional  —  Justice Department says it will appeal judge's decision  —  (CNN) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government's domestic eavesdropping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately.
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
A New Direction: Sister Joe Souljah  —  Why is supporting Joe Lieberman more important than winning back the House?  —  Joe's base of support lies among Republicans, according to the new Quinnipiac numbers.  That means his whole GOTV operation for November will require him to bring Republicans to the polls …
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
"NSA eavesdropping program ruled unconstitutional"  —  From CNN: … I'll be interested to see more of the ruling, if only to find out what publicly-revealed information Taylor used to reach her decision.  —  Meantime, here's Judge Diggs Taylor's biography.
Sutin Wannabovorn / Associated Press:
Suspect Admits Killing JonBenet Ramsey  —  The American suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case said publicly Thursday he was with the 6-year-old when she died and called her death "an accident," a stunning admission that will help answer 10 years of questions in the unsolved murder case.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Hagee's Office Responds: Contradicts L.A. Times  —  I heard back from General Hagee's office yesterday regarding my inquiry about when Gen. Hagee briefed John Murtha about Haditha.  The bottom line: Gen. Hagee's office has directly contradicted an assertion by the L.A. Times …
Lawmaker: Marines killed Iraqis 'in cold blood'
New York Times:
Eye on Election, Democrats Run as Wal-Mart Foe  —  Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, delivered a 15-minute, blistering attack to warm applause from Democrats and union organizers here on Wednesday.  But Mr. Biden's main target …
Kelly Candaele / Los Angeles Times:
Unions Should Organize, Not Politicize
Discussion: DonkeyRising and Ezra Klein
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
France Throws U.N Peacekeeping Plans Into Disarray  —  Chirac Rebuffs Pleas to Make Major Contribution to Mission  —  France has rebuffed U.N. pleas to make a major contribution to a peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon, setting back international efforts to send a credible military force …
New York Times:
Insurgent Bombs Directed at G.I.'s Increase in Iraq  —  A recent bombing in Baghdad.  Most of the roadside bombs are directed at American-led forces, officials say.  —  The number of roadside bombs planted in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total of the war, offering more evidence …
The Blotter:
Top al Qaeda Man In Pakistan Nabbed  —  Gretchen Peters and Habibullah Khan Report:  —  A senior al Qaeda commander allegedly tied to the London airplane bomb plot has been arrested in Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence and law enforcement officials have told ABC News.
Redstate Network / Redstate:
Tramm Hudson Destroys Himself  —  Tramm Hudson is the current front runner in the GOP primary in FL-13, the Congressional District being vacated by Katherine Harris.  RedState has happened upon the clip below of Tramm talking to a group of people.  His words will, justifiably …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
The New York Observer Politicker:
NRSC Takes Lieberman  —  It's no coincidence that a purposeful silence has replaced the well-publicized calls from Republicans last month for no-hope GOP Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger to make way for someone more credible.  —  The state and national party, it seems …
Lieberman leads opponents in new poll
Discussion: Daily Kos and Althouse
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch says Demo win could help terrorists  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch, who continuously decries the bitter partisanship in Washington, implied this week that Democratic success in November's election could result in terrorist attacks on America.  —  Hatch was quoted in Tuesday's Tooele Transcript Bulletin …
Julia Gorin / Opinion Journal:
Petitioning for Life  —  "I had an abortion," Ms. Magazine urges its readers to declare.  How about "I wasn't aborted"?  —  The Web site of Ms. Magazine—yes, it still exists—is calling on readers to sign a petition: "I have had an abortion.  I publicly join the millions of women …
Discussion: Say Anything and Michelle Malkin
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Faces, Too, Are Searched at U.S. Airports  —  As the man approached the airport security checkpoint here on Wednesday, he kept picking up and putting down his backpack, touching his fingers to his chin, rubbing some object in his hands and finally reaching for his pack of cigarettes, even though smoking was not allowed.
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