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7:20 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
New York Post:
TOO NICE TO WIN? ISRAEL'S DILEMMA
Discussion: Crunchy Con, BLACKFIVE and Argghhh!
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: 'Day of rage' against Rice visit
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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Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Clinton Releases Proposals to Help the Middle Class  —  DENVER, July 24 — With divisions in the Democratic Party on full display nationwide, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to stake out the center here on Monday, issuing a broad policy platform geared toward helping middle-class voters …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   Optimistic Democrats hone a centrist message
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
It's Disproportionate. . .  Just my luck.  I go away on vacation and it happens to be the week when George W. Bush's strategic view of the current world situation is revealed: Russia big.  China big, too.  World leaders boring.  Lady world leaders need neck rub.  Terrorism bad.
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?
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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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" …
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 …
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.
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.)
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.
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
From Planning to Warfare to Occupation, How Iraq Went Wrong  —  The title of this devastating new book about the American war in Iraq says it all: "Fiasco."  That is the judgment that Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, passes on the Bush administration's decision …
Judd / Think Progress:
Cliff May: National Review Bloggers Are 'Fighting a War' That Is 'Equally Consequential' To U.S. Troops in Combat  —  On Friday, the National Review's Katherine Jean Lopez wrote a rather innocuous review of the new Oliver Stone movie, World Trade Center.  Lopez wrote the movie was "about why we fight."
Discussion: Once Upon a Time and Unfogged
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 …
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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