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7:25 AM ET, July 13, 2006


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Associated Press:
Hamas Leader Badly Hurt in Israeli Bombing  —  A Hamas militant leader who has topped Israel's most-wanted list for a decade was badly wounded and underwent four hours of spinal surgery Wednesday after being wounded in an Israeli airstrike, security officials said.
Israel strikes Beirut airport, blocks ports  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Israeli aircraft bombed Beirut International Airport on Thursday before blocking naval traffic in Lebanese waters as Israel expanded its military campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas who kidnapped two Israeli soldiers.
Al-Aqsa leader: West Bank rocket war is on  —  Terror leader announces start of missile barrage nearing Israel's main population centers  —  While Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip have been contending with almost daily missile attacks, Palestinian rockets will now be launched regularly …
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Israel Hits Lebanon After Troops Snatched  —  Israel bombed and shelled southern Lebanon and sent ground troops over the border for the first time in six years Wednesday after Hezbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers.  The fighting killed eight Israeli soldiers and three Lebanese.
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Israeli warplanes attack Beirut airport  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel intensified its attacks against Lebanon on Thursday, blasting Beirut's international airport and the southern part of the country in its heaviest air campaign against its neighbor in 24 years.  Nearly three dozen civilians were killed, officials said.
Ze'ev Schiff / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS: Israel is at risk of embarking on three-front war  —  Two weeks after the start of the IDF's extensive operation in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah opened a second front on the northern border.  The second front, which could expand into Israel, started just as the first did …
Associated Press:
Kassam fired from Gaza, no damage  —  Palestinians fired a Kassam from northern Gaza Thursday morning.  No one was wounded and no damage was caused by the rocket which landed south of Ashkelon.  The IDF was responding with artillery fire from outside the Strip.
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:   Israel Attacks Lebanon After Troops Seized
New York Times:
Israel's Two-Front Battle
Discussion: Soccer Dad, Feministe and Israel Matzav
Jerusalem Post:
Syria blames Israel for escalation
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Israel imposes Lebanon blockade
Mohammed Zaatari / MSNBC:
Israel strikes come within 10 miles of Beirut
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Bomb Destroys Palestinian Foreign Ministry
Discussion: Wizbang and One Hand Clapping
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Beyond the Poll Numbers, Voter Doubts About Clinton  —  Anna Shelley, a mother of three from Utah, says she is ready for a female president, and she is sure that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has what it takes.  —  But Shelley, a Democrat, is not sure she could ever pull a lever for Clinton.
Ennis / Sepia Mutiny:
Deafening silence in the blogosphere  —  While trying to deal with the tragedy in Mumbai, I have been wondering what the coverage of the story tells us about ourselves.  —  I was not surprised by MSM coverage in America: poor in local papers, better in papers with a large desi population or those with an international audience.
Patrick Hynes / Ankle Biting Pundits:
Web Video Too Low Even for DemoRATS  —  The Democrats' landslide must not be working out as planned, because the DCCC has just unleashed the most appalling wed video since's "Bush is Hitler" ads.  My guess is the backlash against this video will be so strong …
Jon Tevlin / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Couric's Twin Cities visit a well-oiled machine  —  The hugely popular media star held a closed-to-the-media "listening session," then attended a fundraiser for a local charity.  —  It was a well-orchestrated media event that excluded the media, a private invitation-only meeting in the brand …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Administration Prods Congress to Curb the Rights of Detainees  —  WASHINGTON, July 12 — A day after saying that terror suspects had a right to protections under the Geneva Conventions, the Bush administration said Wednesday that it wanted Congress to pass legislation that would limit the rights granted to detainees.
Discussion: True Blue Liberal
Hotline On Call:
Katherine Harris's Campaign Staff To Resign  —  The high command of Rep. Katherine Harris's FL Senate bid plans to resign by the end of the week, two people familiar with the campaign tell the Hotline.  —  The departing staff includes Glen Hodas, Harris's campaign manager, her spokesperson …
Discussion: Wonkette and Outside The Beltway
Marc Gunther /
The extinction of mass culture  —  The advent of 300 channels and the Internet has fragmented audiences - and the explosion of choice has left us poorer  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Quick: Name the biggest star in prime-time television.  —  Now: Name a star created by the Internet.
New York Times:
General Sees Need for More U.S. Forces in Baghdad  —  By PAUL von ZIELBAUER and DAVID S. CLOUD  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 12 — Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American commander in Iraq, said today that "terrorists and death squads" were responsible for the surge in sectarian killings …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Battle Looms In Congress Over Military Tribunals  —  House Republicans signaled a coming clash with the Senate over the future of military tribunals yesterday when Armed Service Committee members indicated they were inclined to give the Bush administration largely what it wants in the conduct of terrorism trials.
Discussion: Bring it On!
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