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3:25 PM ET, July 15, 2006

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Ynetnews:
Report: Israel gives Syria ultimatum  —  London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Hayat says Israel gave Syria 72 hours to stop Hizbullah's activity, bring about release of kidnapped IDF troops.  'Israel will not end military activity until new situation created that will prevent Syria …
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Associated Press:
Israel Official: Iran Helping Hezbollah  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday.  Iranian troops helped fire the missile, a senior intelligence official said.
Associated Press:
IAF strikes southern suburbs of Beirut  —  IAF planes repeatedly blasted Beirut's southern suburbs early Saturday evening, causing a series of huge blasts, Hizbullah's Al Manar television reported.  —  The TV's correspondent said IAF strikes targeted the Hizbullah stronghold of Haret Hreik …
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Israel targets Hezbollah in south Beirut  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes pounded Hezbollah's south Beirut stronghold and roads around the country, killing at least 15 Lebanese as they fled the onslaught.  Hezbollah expanded its rocket fire, hitting another of Israel's main cities …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Body of sailor missing after strike on warship recovered  —  For previous 200 talkbacks click here.  —  Bodies of two of the four missing Israeli soldiers on a warship that was attacked by Hizbullah off the coast of Lebanon were found Saturday aboard the damaged vessel, military officials said.
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Syria says fully backs Hizbollah against Israel  —  DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria will support Hizbollah and Lebanon against Israel's attacks on the country, the ruling Baath Party said on Friday, defying the Jewish state and its chief ally Washington.  —  "The Syrian people are ready …
Ynetnews:   Missing sailor's body recovered
Robert Satloff / Weekly Standard:
The Rogues Strike Back  —  Iran thumbs its nose at Western diplomats …
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory
Lebanon.Profile / Lebanese Political Journal:
Becoming a Refugee  —  We have no sympathy for Israel's position right now.
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ISRAELI ULTIMATUM TO SYRIA
Discussion: protein wisdom and Mere Rhetoric
Judd / Think Progress:
Putin to Bush: "We Certainly Would Not Want to Have the Same Kind of Democracy as They Have in Iraq"  —  During a press conference today at the G8 summit in Russia, President Bush told President Vladimir Putin that Americans want Russia to develop a free press and free religion "like Iraq."
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Eschaton
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CNN:
Putin rejects Bush's Iraq democracy model  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected a suggestion from U.S. President George W. Bush that his country should emulate democracy in Iraq.  —  During a joint news conference Saturday in St. Petersburg …
Washington Post:
Wiretap Surrender  —  SENATE JUDICIARY Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has cast his agreement with the White House on legislation concerning the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance as a compromise — one in which President Bush accepts judicial review of the program.
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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Why the Eavesdropping Deal May Have More Bark Than Bite
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Evaluating Lieberman: A Party Guy?  —  WASHINGTON — By the numbers, Joe Lieberman is a true, consistent Democrat.  —  He votes with Democratic colleagues almost all the time.  His record gets him high marks from interest groups close to the party, from the AFL-CIO to the NAACP.
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Bill Smith / Real Clear Politics:
Rove Secretly Runs The New York Times  —  New York, New York (SatireNewsService) - In a stunning development that would appear to have broad implications for the independence of America's newspaper industry, New York Times Publisher, Edwin 'Pinch' Sulzberger today revealed …
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Talk About A Bad Draw!
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Novak Says Plame/Wilson Suit Will Be Dismissed
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Lynn Brezosky / Austin American-Statesman:
Gunfire lasted 5-7 minutes  —  HARLINGEN — South Texas sheriff's deputies on Thursday were investigating whether Mexican gunmen who fired on deputies and Border Patrol agents from across the Rio Grande had crossed into the United States.  —  Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said 200 …
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John Pomfret / Washington Post:
Bribery At Border Worries Officials
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit.com:
GAY MARRIAGE IN TENNESSEE: Not likely to happen in the near future, but some people are sufficiently upset at the possibility that there's a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would define marriage as one-man/one-woman.  I think that's a terrible idea: Such amendments …
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Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:   YET MORE LOSSES FOR GAY-MARRIAGE LITIGANTS: Two more today …
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
New House Majority Leader Keeps Old Ties to Lobbyists  —  Representative John A. Boehner won the job of House majority leader amid a post-Abramoff clamor for an overhaul of lobbying and ethics rules.  But nearly six months later, the changes are still tied up in Congress.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bring it On!
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
Clash Over Stem Cell Research Heats Up  —  Scientists Dispute Claims of Leading Foe of Bill to Ease Embryo Restrictions  —  With just days to go before the Senate is scheduled to vote on a hotly anticipated bill that would loosen President Bush's restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research …
Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Post-9/11 Option Grants Under Scrutiny  —  The WSJ continues its recent habit of burying killer stories in the under read Saturday edition.  This week's bombshell has to do with post 9/11 earnings grants: … What makes this so pathetic is that corporate executives could have stepped …
 
 
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Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Abramoff Lobbying of White House Probed
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Sweetness & Light:
AP Skews Another Poll To Say GOP Will Lose Congress