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11:10 PM ET, July 25, 2006

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Scheherezade Faramarzi / Associated Press:
Hezbollah Says Israeli Response a Surprise  —  A senior Hezbollah official said Tuesday the guerrilla group did not expect Israel to react so strongly to its capture of two Israeli soldiers.  —  Mahmoud Komati, deputy chief of Hezbollah's political arm, also told The Associated Press …
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Guardian:
Palestinian groups agree deal for return of Israeli  —  Hamas leaders in Damascus are last obstacle to Gaza ceasefire  —  Conal Urquhart in Ramallah  —  Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have agreed to stop firing rockets at Israel and to free a captured Israeli soldier …
Lucy Williamson / BBC:
Israelis accused of 'human shields' tactic  —  The Israeli army has been accused of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an operation in northern Gaza.  —  According to the Israeli human rights group, B'tselem, six civilians including two minors were subjected to the illegal tactic during …
Discussion: Biased BBC
Alan M. Dershowitz / Chicago Tribune:
How the UN legitimizes terrorists  —  If anyone wonders why the UN has rendered itself worse than irrelevant in the Arab-Israeli conflict, all he or she need do is read UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's July 20 statement.  Annan goes to great pains to suggest equal fault and moral equivalence between …
BBC:
Gaza offensive 'disproportionate'
Discussion: Boker tov, Boulder!
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: 'Day of rage' against Rice visit
CNN:
U.N.: Israeli airstrike hits U.N. observer post  —  Sources: Condoleezza Rice floats plan to end conflict  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — An Israeli airstrike hit a United Nations post in southern Lebanon late Tuesday, killing at least two of the agency's observers, according to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.
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New York Times:
Israel Plans to Occupy Strip Inside Lebanon  —  JERUSALEM, July 25 — Almost two weeks into its military assault on Hezbollah, Israel said Tuesday that it would occupy a strip inside southern Lebanon with ground troops until an international force could take its place.
Discussion: american footprints
Jerusalem Post:
Nasrallah vows to begin firing missiles deeper into Israel
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Top Iraqi's White House Visit Shows Gaps With U.S.  —  Iraqis buried their dead Monday from another suicide bombing.  Prime Minister Maliki has tried without success to end such violence.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 24 — When Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki visits the White House on Tuesday …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Spazeboy and Me Get Chucked By Holy Joe, Bush-Style  —  I drove all the way up to Waterbury yesterday excited about the prospect of seeing Bill Clinton speak.  Whatever one may think of Bill, his politics and his legacy, his defiance in the face of the right-wing hate machine onslaught are inspirational.
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spazeboy:
Access Denied  —  What do you do when the people you represent want to be represented by someone else?  What do you do when the your highest approval ratings come from members of the party you claim to differentiate yourself from?  What do you do when you're down and desperate?
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
50 percent of U.S. says Iraq had WMDs  —  Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 — up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds.  Pollsters deemed the increase both "substantial" and "surprising" …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For One Senate Candidate, the 'R' Is a 'Scarlet Letter'  —  The candidate, immersed in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, sat down to lunch yesterday with reporters at a Capitol Hill steakhouse and shared his views about this year's political currents.
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Steele Slams Party
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Why People Don't Think Democrats Believe What They Say  —  The habit of the Democratic Party to kill itself via self-referential meta-talk was on full display at the DLC meeting yesterday.  Tell me if you can find what is wrong with the message coming out of the conference.  From the Mercury News:
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SEIXON:
Good Luck, Mr. Leopold  —  After giving Jason Leopold the heads up on my story almost two weeks ago, he claimed I was threatening him.  I did no such thing but this was a tactic used by Leopold, Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story, and John Dean, their lackey - allege threats where there were none.
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill  —  #1 Michelle Persaud, 27  —  Staff counsel  —  Michelle Persaud's delicate features burst into a smile as she describes the mistake many men make with her.  —  Seeing her dark eyes and mocha skin, her flowing black tresses and expansive lashes …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Nice Rats, Nasty Rats: Maybe It's All in the Genes  —  On an animal-breeding farm in Siberia are cages housing two colonies of rats.  In one colony, the rats have been bred for tameness in the hope of mimicking the mysterious process by which Neolithic farmers first domesticated an animal still kept today.
USA Today:
60 years later, NPR's Schorr is still a 'precious resource'  —  The media mix By Peter Johnson  —  Daniel Schorr is used to producers popping into his Washington, D.C., office at National Public Radio to ask, on deadline: Which war came first, Korea or Vietnam?  (Answer: Korea.)
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Another Trip to the Curt Weldon Employment Agency  —  As I have previously noted here, being a friend or relative of Congressman Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican, appears to be a surer path to gainful employment than a Harvard MBA.  To review: one of the congressman's daughters got …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Greenwald's sock puppets: The worst blog scandal ever?  —  I have friends involved in this so let me choose my words carefully.  I'm not saying it wasn't worth doing.  I'm not saying it's a bad thing; as with pizza, there's no such thing as a "bad" blog scandal.  Alls I'm saying is, how does it compare?
Guardian:
Stand up to US, voters tell Blair  —  63% say PM has tied Britain too close to White House  —  Britain should take a much more robust and independent approach to the United States, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today, which finds strong public opposition to Tony Blair's close working relationship with President Bush.
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Funny Money?  —  A reader noticed something curious in a video from last night's "NBC Nightly News."  Richard Engel, the network's Beirut bureau chief, is reporting from southern Lebanon, and at 1:07 in the video, as he's saying, "In Sidon, we found part …
 
 
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Andrew Hammond / Reuters:
Saudi says Israel attacks threaten wider war
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Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org:
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Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Rales uses addicts at rally
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Inside the Mind of the World's Most Powerful Liberal Blogger
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Beth Harris / Associated Press:
Fox News Calls Olbermann 'Over the Line'
James Bone / Times of London:
War crimes warning as civilian deaths increase
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