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10:55 PM ET, July 12, 2006


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Annan condemns Israel attack in Lebanon  —  UN Secretary General says 'I condemn without reservations the attack in southern Lebanon'; Iran nuclear negotiator: When the Zionist entity attacks and slaughters the Palestinian people ... Resistance is necessary  —  News agencies
Fox News:
U.S. Blames Syria, Iran For Israeli Soldiers' Kidnapping  —  ROSTOCK, Germany — Syria and Iran are to blame for the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah terrorists and the subsequent Israeli military response, U.S. officials said Wednesday.  —  The White House called for the immediate …
3 soldiers killed, 2 seized in Hezbollah border strike
IAF planes level PA foreign ministry building in Gaza City  —  A bomb dropped by an Israel Air Force plane destroyed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City early Thursday, witnesses said.  —  The bomb collapsed the building and caused widespread destruction in the area.
Patrick Hynes / Ankle Biting Pundits:
Web Video Too Low Even for DemoRATS
Discussion: The RCP Blog and The Right Angle
Allison Klein / Washington Post:
July Homicide Total Rises to 14 in District  —  'Crime Emergency' Declared By Ramsey Following Surge in Crime  —  D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey reacted yesterday to a recent surge in homicides by declaring a "crime emergency," a move that gives him the freedom to quickly adjust officers' schedules and restrict their days off.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and AMERICAblog
Brett Zongker / Associated Press:
Nation's Capital Declares Crime Emergency
Discussion: QandO and The Right Angle
Claire Shipman / ABCNEWS:
Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease'  —  15 Years After Being Deposed From Power, Former Leader Discusses Russia, U.S.  —  July 12, 2006 — Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the "iron curtain" that separated the communist world from the West and thawed …
Noel Sheppard / Real Clear Politics:
Is the Daily Kos About to Implode?  —  It appears that the post-Yearly Kos month from hell is continuing for Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Internet's premier liberal blog Daily Kos.  After receiving some extremely negative press from major publications such as the New York Times …
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
Michelle Malkin / Jewish World Review:
'La Raza' schools: Your tax dollars at work  —  "La Raza" is Spanish for "The Race."  —  It's bad enough the White House lent its prestige to The Race's annual conference.  But did you know the Bush administration has forked over millions of federal tax dollars directly to The Race?
Gina Serpe / Yahoo! News:
Airwaves Again Safe for "South Park" Scientology Spoof  —  Comedy Central is finally respecting Cartman's authoritay.  —  One week after South Park's controversial "Trapped in the Closet" episode garnered an Emmy nomination, and nearly four months after it was abruptly pulled from rotation on the cable net …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online Venture Seeks To Elevate the Debate  —  Civility Is In, Rancor Out on Web Site Begun by Democratic, GOP Strategists  —  A group of political strategists who have spent years firing heavy artillery at each other came together at the Hay-Adams Hotel yesterday, put aside their weapons …
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 …
Tim Starks /
Confluence of Hurdles Hampers Panel's Iraq Probe  —  A Senate panel investigation into the use of intelligence leading up the the Iraq war remains in limbo after almost three years of politically charged clashes over the content and conclusions of the inquiry.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Horse's Mouth
Gabriel Sherman / New York Observer:
Wall Street Rift: Journal Reporters Reject Gigot Line  —  The Wall Street Journal news staff can live with occasional opposition from the paper's editorial page.  What it can't live with is the editorial page's support.  —  "People feel like we're walking around with knives in our backs," one news staffer said.
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.
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Nations sending Iran to Security Council  —  PARIS - World powers agreed Wednesday to send Iran back to the United Nations Security Council for possible punishment, saying the clerical regime has given no sign it means to negotiate seriously over its disputed nuclear program.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
New York Times:
Series of Bombs Explode on 7 Trains in India, Killing Scores  —  MUMBAI, India, July 11 — A string of powerful bombs ripped through a vital spine of Mumbai's commuter train system during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, killing nearly 200 people, bringing India's financial capital to a standstill …
Vaughn Ververs / Public Eye:
Hop A Ride On Katie's Listening Tour  —  As you've almost certainly heard, incoming CBS News anchor Katie Couric has been making her way around the nation on a little listening tour, designed to help the new "Evening News" team better understand what viewers want from their broadcast.
Discussion: The Anchoress and TVNewser
Cragg Hines / Houston Chronicle:
On the road: Will Bush get less Crawford this August?  —  This could be getting serious.  —  The White House is concerned enough about President Bush's job rating and its possible effect on Republican chances in the November elections that word of reduction in vacation time at Crawford next month is being put about.
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Attacks retaliation for Gujarat riots?
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Can Someone Explain This to Me?
Murtha compares cost of war and domestic expenses
Spiegel Online:
"Let them Hate Us"  —  The Dixie Chicks began their careers …
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Conservative Scarborough: 'Accidental' leak story 'garbage'
Discussion: Angry Bear
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger /
Bell drops out of U.S. Senate race
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The hidden balls trick
Jules Crittenden / Real Clear Politics:
Dawn Over Tokyo  —  Sixty-one years after the end of World War II …
Discussion: QandO and Murdoc Online
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Chances of Voting Rights Act renewal dim