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9:10 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 …
Discussion: Wizbang and The Bullwinkle Blog
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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 …
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
James Bone / Times of London:
War crimes warning as civilian deaths increase  —  Video:  —  AS CIVILIAN casualties mount, the UN is telling the belligerents that they might be guilty of war crimes.  —  UN officials are accusing both Hezbollah and Israel of violating the laws of war by using indiscriminate or excessive force.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: 'Day of rage' against Rice visit
New York Post:
TOO NICE TO WIN? ISRAEL'S DILEMMA
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Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Leader, Bush to Discuss Security
Richard Cohen / Real Clear Politics:
A Proportionate Response is Madness  —  If by chance you have the search engine LexisNexis and you punch in the words "Israel'' and "disproportionate,'' you run the risk of blowing up your computer or darkening your entire neighborhood.  Just limiting the search to newspapers and magazines …
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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?
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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.
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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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.
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 …
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.)
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Two Views of the Same News Find Opposite Biases  —  You could be forgiven for thinking the television images in the experiment were from 2006.  They were really from 1982: Israeli forces were clashing with Arab militants in Lebanon.  The world was watching, charges were flying, and the air was thick with grievance, hurt and outrage.
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The New Republic:
WAKING NIGHTMARES:  —  A week ago, I entertained a nightmare scenario whereby Moqtada Sadr sends his Mahdi Army militia to fight alongside Hezbollah.  The nightmare would be Israel attacking Sadr in retaliation for his attacks on the IDF or Israeli civilians, thereby prompting the inevitable …
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Rales uses addicts at rally  —  Josh Rales, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's U.S. Senate seat, paid a drug-treatment center in Baltimore to drive its recovering addicts to last week's debate in College Park, where they held signs supporting his campaign.
Discussion: Don Surber, Wizbang and Wonkette
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 37%  —  Similar to 37% average rating for all of June  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds 37% of Americans approving of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 59% disapproving.  Despite many extraordinary events dominating the news over the past weeks …
Discussion: The Left Coaster and PSoTD
Ynetnews:
Iran threatens response if Syria attacked  —  Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel can't deal with our capabilities' Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel can't deal with our capabilities; Lebanon war beginning of end of Israel'
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews on Imus: Pencil Neck Foreign Policy  —  Chris took a hard stance against Bush's foreign policy...  Matthews has been against the Iraq War all along, but today he whaled on Bush's foreign policy-or should I say, his lack of one-that has made things much worse for the US and the world.
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Irwin Arieff / Reuters:
Annan asks Israel to probe 'targeting' of UN post
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