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6:10 PM ET, July 16, 2006


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Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Israeli strikes are part of a broader strategy  —  U.S., Israel aim to weaken Hezbollah, region's militants  —  Israel, with U.S. support, intends to resist calls for a cease-fire and continue a longer-term strategy of punishing Hezbollah, which is likely to include several weeks …
Jerusalem Post:
Nasrallah calls for aid from Arab world  —  In a recorded television speech on Sunday evening, Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah urged Arab states to come to the organization's aid.  —  "Where are the Arab nations?" he asked, moments after declaring that Hizbullah wouldn't ask for help from anyone.
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Hezbollah Rockets Kill 9 in Israeli City  —  Waves of warplanes thundering through the darkness bombed Beirut's southern suburbs for hours early Sunday, and Hezbollah rocket attacks killed at least nine people in Israel's third largest city.  —  A barrage of rockets pounded the northern Israeli city …
The Hand That Feeds the Fire  —  Behind The Crisis: How Iran is wielding its influence to wage a stealthy war against Israel and America.  —  July 24, 2006 issue - The cool rage of Hassan Nasrallah crackled over the telephone line to a Beirut television station.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
Inside the Mind of Hezbollah  —  Hasan Nasrallah is exactly where he always wanted to be.  —  "Ever since I was 9 years old, I had plans for the day when I would start doing this," the Hezbollah chief reflected on his leadership quest, when I visited him in the southern slums of Beirut not long ago.
Abu Kais / From Beirut to the Beltway:
Siniora takes on Hizbullah  —  AT LAST!!!  WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?  —  In an emotional address to the Lebanese people, PM Fouad Siniora declared Lebanon a disaster area, and called for 3 things:  —  1- An immediate cease fire brokered by the UN  —  2- The Lebanese state to extend …
Nasrallah vows more surprises
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Katherine Zoepf / New York Times:
Spirits Are High in Syria's Capital as Leaders Openly Show Support for Hezbollah
Josef Federman / Associated Press:
Hezbollah Rocket Barrage Kills 8 in Haifa
Report: Hizbullah has 150 kilometer range missiles
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
It all boils down to Iran  —  OPENING A security conference …
Jay Tea /
Backtracking the missile
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric and Viking Pundit
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran calls Western incentives acceptable  —  TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Sunday that Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable basis" for talks, and it is ready for detailed negotiations.  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded that Iran should talk directly …
New York Times:
The Real Agenda  —  It is only now, nearly five years after Sept. 11, that the full picture of the Bush administration's response to the terror attacks is becoming clear.  Much of it, we can see now, had far less to do with fighting Osama bin Laden than with expanding presidential power.
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Clinton, in Arkansas, Says Democrats Are 'Wasting Time'  —  ROGERS, Ark., July 15 — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, returning to her red-state ties, chastised Democrats Saturday for taking on issues that arouse conservatives and turn out Republican voters rather than finding consensus on mainstream subjects.
Glenn Frankel / Washington Post:
A Beautiful Friendship?  —  In search of the truth about the Israel lobby's influence on Washington  —  All David Ben-Gurion wanted was 15 minutes of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's time.  —  Israel's founding father, one of the indomitable political leaders of the 20th century …
Amanda / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Rice Calls Idea That Iraq War Contributed To Regional Instability 'Grotesque'  —  Today on ABC's This Week, George Stephanopoulos pointed out that the Bush administration repeatedly promised that war in Iraq would bring peace and stability to the Middle East.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Greg / burchismo:
MARX AND MUHAMMED  —  Lately I've been feeling the need to clarify things to myself — to try to restate as clearly as I can ideas that I've been developing for quite some time.  One of these is the parallels and distinctions between two of the greatest challenges that the Western Enlightenment has faced: Marxism and Islam.
Washington Post:
Amid War, Some Violence May Be Personal  —  From a Squad of Nine, Six Are Charged in Crimes Against Iraqis, and Three Are Dead  —  On March 12, a 15-year-old Iraqi girl was raped, and she and her father, mother and sister were gunned down in their home.  —  Three months later, three U.S. soldiers were slain by insurgents.
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Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Bomber kills 26 at cafe in northern Iraq
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Nico / Think Progress:
Gingrich: 'This Is, In Fact, World War III' And The U.S. 'Ought To Be Helping'
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
A Medical Crisis of Conscience
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
Tim B. / Tim Blair:
BENZ BE UPON HIM  —  Check the protester at right …
Robert Wright / New York Times:
An American Foreign Policy That Both Realists and Idealists Should Fall in Love With
Andrew / Obsidian Wings:
Iran  —  [Insert obligatory Flock of Seagulls reference here.]
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Don't Blame Me...  (Update: C&L now has the Novak video up here.)
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
I question your patriotism  —  Over at Pundit Review on a post …
Discussion: Old War Dogs and Pundit Review
Jon Swift:
Looking at the Bright Side of World War III
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Journalists: It's time for some articles on the pro-Bush blogosphere
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Link to Disgraced Lobbyist Taints Race
Discussion: Donkey Cons and Roger Ailes