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9:25 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 …
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 …
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Israel Says Hezbollah Drone Damages Warship  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — An unmanned Hezbollah aircraft rigged with explosives slammed into an Israeli warship late Friday, causing heavy damage to the vessel, military officials said.  —  The attack indicated that Hezbollah has added a new weapon …
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.
The Sandmonkey / Rantings of a Sandmonkey:
Surprised?  —  Insansity seems like a viable option right now.  I have tried my best to boycott the TV today, and succeeded,but news and discussion of the war have follwoed me everywhere.  I think it's very interesting the moodshift that all of my friends- many of them are anti-Israeli …
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
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Novak Says Plame/Wilson Suit Will Be Dismissed
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:
Valerie Plame Wilson, Ready for Her Close-Up
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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!
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 …
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
Genghis Conn / Connecticut Local Politics:
Mail from Democrats  —  Direct mail eats up a lot out of a campaign budget, and a tightly fought contest can see a blizzard of mail coming to the homes of voters.  —  Here are some examples of direct mail pieces sent out by the campaigns involved in the August primary.
Discussion: Firedoglake and spazeboy
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: Bring it On!
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Bill Smith / Real Clear Politics:
Rove Secretly Runs The New York Times
Scott Burgess / The Daily Ablution:
March of the Moderates Continues
Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon
Thomas Dennison /
He has his second wind; now Mfume is charging
Discussion: Power Line and
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 …
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Radical Shiite Cleric Hints at Militia Attacks to Protest Israel's Actions
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

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Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Sources: NBC has demanded Donald Trump's campaign remove a video with audio deceptively edited to seem like it's from an NBC reporter after the third GOP debate

Dasha Litvinova / Associated Press:
Russia places journalist and author Masha Gessen on a wanted list after opening a criminal case on charges of spreading “false information” about Russia's army

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
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