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t r u t h o u t | 06.26

Bush Administration Blocked Probe of Suspected Leaks
Josh Meyer of the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal watchdog agency planned to inspect the president's executive offices in the White House in 2005 for evidence of suspected leaks of classified information but was rebuffed by Bush administration officials.

Part III | Cheney: The Unseen Hand Pushing Behind the Scenes
The Washington Post publishes the third article in the four-part series by journalists Jo Becker and Barton Gellman on Cheney and his influence behind the scenes.

House Bill Would Punish Voter Deception
Jim Abrams of the Associated Press reports, "New House legislation, passed Monday, would punish anyone who knowingly provides false information with the intent to prevent voting with up to five years in prison."

Whitman on Hot Seat Over 9/11 Aftermath
The Associated Press reports, "Ex-EPA Chief Christie Whitman was bombarded by boos and a host of accusations on Monday at a hearing into her assurances that it had been safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center."

Feds Contact Ex-Doolittle Aide
California GOP Representative John Doolittle's former chief of staff is reported to be providing documents to federal prosecutors investigating Doolittle and his wife in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, according to Erica Werner of the Associated Press.

Roger Morris | The Rise and Rise of Robert Gates
Roger Morris writes about Robert Gates's path to the Pentagon.

Pierre Haski | Europe Escapes the Impasse Without Recovering Its Elan
Pierre Haski of Rue89 deplores the fact that the European Summit in Brussels this past weekend produced an agreement that some describe as a triumph for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and/or for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but that he sees as a failure of soul and ambition. Le Monde reports the comments of the disillusioned, including the treaty's description as a "third-rate agreement" and The New York Times reports some of the nitty-gritty of how the "mini-treaty" agreement was ultimately achieved.

Murdoch's Dealings in China: It's Business, and It's Personal
Reporting for The New York Times, Joseph Kahn looks at Rupert Murdoch's business and personal links with China.

VIDEO | Liam Madden Speaks to Truthout
By Geoffrey Millard, Lance Page, and Scott Galindez
While Adam Kokesh was dominating the headlines, another former Marine, Sgt. Liam Madden was also being targeted by the Marine Corps. The free speech issues are more apparent in Madden's case: He is being investigated for statements that he made at anti-war events. Madden traveled with Kokesh to Kansas City for Kokesh's separation board hearing. The day before the hearing Truthout's Geoffrey Millard sat down with Sergeant Madden.

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