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11:15 PM ET, July 15, 2006


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Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Israel Takes A Stupid Pill  —  Apparently not content to let the U.S. do a self-immolation act in the Middle East by itself, Israel decided to set itself on fire by invading Lebanon.  Burn baby burn?  Like George Bush, Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, never served in a combat unit …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Some Questions Regarding Israel's Objectives: Is Israel Trying to Curb America's Deal-Making in Middle East?  —  When I visited Israel in March, one of the more interesting dinner discussions I had was with former Mossad Director Danny Yatom, now a Labor Party member of the Knesset.
Kevin Drum / The Washington Monthly:
ISRAEL AND THE BLOGOSPHERE.....Via email, Matt Yglesias suggests that I address the topic of why the liberal blogosphere doesn't write very much about Israel-related subjects.  I can only speak for myself, of course, and my own reasons for light blogging on this subject are both predictable and banal.
Lebanon PM asks for UN help to deploy army in south  —  Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora called Saturday for an immediate cease-fire with Israel, and asked for help in deploying the country's army in the south, from where Hezbollah has for days pounded northern Israel with Katyusha rockets.
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
Dafydd / Big Lizards:
Israeli Warship Hit By Chinese/Iranian Cruise Missile  —  This is exactly the danger the United States has been warning about ever since 9/11: that rogue states like Iran may begin transferring modern military weaponry to terrorist groups: … The C-802 — a.k.a. Ying-Ji-802 or YJ-2 …
Discussion: Old War Dogs and
3 Patriot batteries stationed in Haifa  —  IDF deploys anti-ballistic missiles in town for fear Hizbullah may step up strikes against Israel  —  The IDF has stationed three Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries in Haifa Saturday, aimed at intercepting missiles launched at the area.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Nasrallah Bugging Out?  —  The Jerusalem Post reports …
Discussion: Liberty and Justice and TigerHawk
Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:
Hezbollah missile sea strikes: UAV or ground based? (Updated)
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Missing sailor's body recovered
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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.
Associated Press:
Bill Clinton defends Lieberman's Iraq stance  —  HARTFORD, Conn. —Former President Bill Clinton is sticking up for U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and his support of the Iraq war.  —  Clinton, who spoke at an Aspen Institute conference last week, questioned why Democrats in Connecticut are focusing on ousting a fellow Democrat, Lieberman.
Tom Bevan / The RCP Blog:
Election News & Notes
Discussion: Decision '08 and GOP Bloggers
Raphael J. Sonenshein /
Lieberman Facing Lose-Lose Proposition in Race
Discussion: LamontBlog
Tparty / LamontBlog:
Saturday Morning Round-Up
Associated Press:
Arab League declares support for Lebanon, calls on UN to step in  —  The Arab League said on Saturday after an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo that the Middle East peace process had failed, and called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to stop the escalating violence.
Associated Press:
Israeli Blasts Central Beirut as Middle East War Heats Up
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Kesher Talk
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
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 …
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 …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Why The Sheriff Won't Patrol The Border
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.
Seanna Adcox / Associated Press:
Democrats pull ad with flag-draped coffins  —  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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:   So Much For The DCCC Advertisement
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