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8:25 AM ET, July 15, 2006


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Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:
The War Widens, Hezbollah Strikes Egyptian, Israeli Ships with UAVs  —  The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has escalated, as Hezbollah has conducted two sea strikes against an Israeli warship and an Egyptian civilian ship, possibly a cruise liner.  While initial reports are stating …
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Israel, Hezbollah Vow Wider War  —  At Least 66 Dead in Lebanon; Militia Strikes Warship at Sea  —  BEIRUT, July 15 — The leader of Hezbollah promised an all-out war Friday after Israeli warplanes attacked his residence and Hezbollah's main headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt …
Laura Rozen / American Prospect:
The Rules of the Game  —  An American mediator with Hezbollah interprets the signals from Tel Aviv and the Lebanese militia group.  —  Mark Perry is co-director of the Conflicts Forum, a Beirut-based nongovernmental organization that has, over the past three years, put former senior American …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF confirms warship hit by explosive-laden UAV  —  A Hizbullah strike on an IDF warship off the Lebanese coast damaged the ship severely, The IDF confirmed to The Jerusalem Post late Friday.  —  Earlier reports disagreed regarding the extent of the damage, with the IDF initially reporting that the ship was largely unharmed.
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Israel Says Hezbollah Drone Damages Warship
Discussion: Defense Tech
Pamela Geller Oshry / Atlas Shrugs:
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and protein wisdom
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
It's Our War  —  WHY IS THIS ARAB-ISRAELI WAR different from all other Arab-Israeli wars?  Because it's not an Arab-Israeli war.  Most of Israel's traditional Arab enemies have checked out of the current conflict.  The governments of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are, to say the least …
Washington Post:
The Mideast Erupts  —  Israel is entitled to retaliate.  And then what?  —  WHEN ISRAEL withdrew its troops from southern Lebanon in 2000 after more than two decades of occupation, it also issued a warning: Any cross-border provocations by Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group, would elicit a severe military response.
Los Angeles Times:
Despite Hezbollah's Ties to Iran and Syria, It Also Acts Alone
Discussion: NewsHog and TAPPED
Agence France Presse:
US, major allies differ in response to Israeli attack  —  Major US allies condemned the ferocity of Israel's military attack on Lebanon, revealing a clear split with Washington's moderate call for restraint.  —  Cries of alarm mounted worldwide after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered armed forces …
Walter Pincus /
Fighting back against the PR presidency  —  The Summer 2006 issue of Nieman Reports is about 'Reflections on Courage.' Veteran Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus thinks that Washington editors and reporters should be brave enough not to cover any statements made by the president …
Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Abramoff Lobbying of White House Probed  —  The House Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed the former law firm of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff for records of any contacts he or members of his lobbying team had with the Bush White House.  —  Chairman Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) …
Discussion: MyDD and Bring it On!
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Taking A Stroll Through The Garden Of Half-Truths  —  I've had a chance to review the lawsuit filed on behalf of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, and it has an amusing take on reality that I heartily recommend to all interested parties.  Quite frankly, the defense will have a delightful time if this ever gets to court.
Associated Press:
Former CIA officer: Cheney, Rove engaged in 'whispering campaign'
Discussion: Washington Post
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:   Valerie Plame Wilson, Ready for Her Close-Up
Associated Press:
Uproar Leads Democrats to Pull Flag-Draped Casket Ad  —  ROCK HILL, S.C. — Democrats pulled an Internet ad that showed flag-draped coffins Friday after Republicans and at least two Democrats demanded it be taken down on grounds the image was insensitive and not fit for a political commercial.
Sweetness & Light:
AP Skews Another Poll To Say GOP Will Lose Congress  —  Behold this breathtaking "news" from the DNC's Associated Press: … The AP article goes on to reiterate in several variations how impossible it will be for Republicans to hold onto their majority in Congress.
Desi / Mia Culpa:
Happy Ponies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are in jeopardy …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Stabbed in the Back!  —  The past and future of a right-wing myth … —Hagen to Siegfried  —  Die Götterdämmerung  —  Every state must have its enemies.  Great powers must have especially monstrous foes.  Above all, these foes must arise from within, for national pride does …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Public Schools Perform Near Private Ones in Study  —  WASHINGTON, July 14 — The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools.
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
scarborough country of the dead  —  via raw story (via first draft via dependable renegade), we find a miamai herald piece which reports that katherine harris is believed to have first started to lose it when she wanted to begin a whispering campaign about joe scarborough and his dead staffer, lori klausutis:
Lieberman has $4.3 million for re-election bid  —  HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, facing a strong Democratic primary challenge, said Friday he has nearly $4.3 million cash on hand for his re-election campaign.  —  Lieberman raised $1.3 million in the three-month period ending June 30 …
Greg Moore / The Democratic Party:
DNC Voting Rights Institute on CA-50 Special Election  —  For several weeks since the June 6th Special Election in California's 50th Congressional District there have been reports of election irregularities.  The DNC Voting Rights Institute ("VRI") has been monitoring the developments since Election …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
March of the Moderates Continues
Thomas Dennison /
He has his second wind; now Mfume is charging
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Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
FOREHEAD GROWTH.  Paul Krugman returns to the economics beat …
Wes Clark /
CT Primary (81+ / 0-)  —  I am a proud member of the Democratic Party …
Representative Harman on the Specter Bill
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Radical Shiite Cleric Hints at Militia Attacks to Protest Israel's Actions
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Bruce Kesler / Democracy Project:
The Eternal Hope  —  The expectation that the American Jewish voter …
Discussion: MyDD
Val Prieto / Babalu Blog:
The persistence of [time] rumors.
Kevin / LA Observed:
News-Press reporters unionize, confront publisher
Discussion: Poynter Online and Matt Welch
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
A Sluggish 2nd Quarter for Newspaper Industry
Janny Scott / New York Times:
Out of College, but Now Living in Urban Dorms
John W. Dean / Boston Globe:
Triumph of the authoritarians

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson launches the Tucker Carlson Network, or TCN, a $9-per-month streaming video service with access to “5 brand-new shows, speeches, films, and more”

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Tel Aviv-based, one of the most visited global financial news websites, uses AI to rewrite stories published just hours earlier by competitors

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Altice USA is in talks to sell Cheddar News to private equity firm Regent; Altice paid $200M for Cheddar in 2019 and may be compensated via an earn-out

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