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4:50 PM ET, July 25, 2006

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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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
The Absurdity Of Proportionality  —  Richard Cohen makes amends for his last column, in which he called Israel a "mistake", by debunking the notion of proportional response to war.  For some reason, the global community has taken this concept up as a cudgel with which to beat Israel in its fight …
Yoav Stern / Reuters:
Hezbollah envoy in Iran says will leave 'no place' safe for Israelis  —  The Hezbollah representative in Iran struck a defiant tone Monday, warning that his militant group plans to widen its attacks on Israel until "no place" is safe for Israelis.  —  "We are going to make Israel not safe for Israelis.
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New York Post:
TOO NICE TO WIN? ISRAEL'S DILEMMA
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Katherine Shrader / Associated Press:
Rice meeting with Olmert in Israel
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
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.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Former President Joins Rally for Lieberman
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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Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Leader, Bush to Discuss Security
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" …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Specter Prepping Bill to Sue Bush  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.
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.
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?
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.)
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 …
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 …
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.
James Wensits / South Bend Tribune:
Poll: Donnelly, Chocola in tight race  —  Pollster: Indicators say Chocola in trouble  —  Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly appears to have a slight edge in his bid to upset Republican incumbent Chris Chocola for the 2nd District congressional seat, according to a districtwide poll taken on behalf of The Tribune and WSBT-TV.
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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