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6:35 PM ET, July 15, 2006


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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 …
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.
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 …
Lebanese hate Israel, upset at Nasrallah  —  Arab newspaper reviews: Lebanon residents openly criticize Hizbullah leader for putting their country at risk.  Surprising voices in Beirut call to disarm organization.  Iran threatens Israel, brother of Lebanese prisoner in Israel conveys his glee over abducted Israeli soldiers
Robert Satloff / Weekly Standard:
The Rogues Strike Back  —  Iran thumbs its nose at Western diplomats …
Discussion: Macsmind
3 Patriot batteries stationed in Haifa
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
ISRAEL AND THE BLOGOSPHERE.....Via email, Matt Yglesias suggests …
Discussion: Unfogged
Ynetnews:   Missing sailor's body recovered
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Syria says fully backs Hizbollah against Israel
Associated Press:   Israeli Blasts Central Beirut as Middle East War Heats Up
Glenn Reynolds /
READER STEPHEN CLARK has a question:
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."
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 …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Lieberman Hopes His Fate Isn't Sealed With a Kiss  —  WASHINGTON, July 15 — On his increasingly difficult path to re-election, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman keeps getting kissed.  And not lovingly.  —  Kisses mock Mr. Lieberman, the incumbent Democrat, all over Connecticut — on signs, on buttons, even on giant parade floats.
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.
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton defends Lieberman's Iraq stance
Discussion: MyDD and Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
Bribery At Border Worries Officials
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Why The Sheriff Won't Patrol The Border
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
The NYT, WP and Time all report the Specter bill as the opposite of what it is
Discussion: Time and PrawfsBlawg
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!
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.
Evelyn Leopold / Reuters:
UN Council imposes sanctions on N. Korea  —  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose weapons-related sanctions on North Korea in response to its flurry of missile tests earlier this month.  —  The resolution demands that North Korea suspend …
Washington Post:
Ex-Bush Aide Fatally Shoots Son, Himself  —  Gunfire at McLean Home Followed Fight With Wife  —  A former Bush administration official, after arguing violently with his wife Thursday night, shot and killed his 12-year-old son inside their McLean home, then turned a shotgun on himself and committed suicide, Fairfax County police said.
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 …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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