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10:15 AM ET, July 17, 2006


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Associated Press:
Israel sends ground forces into Lebanon  —  JERUSALEM - Israeli ground troops have entered southern Lebanon to attack Hezbollah bases on the border, a government spokesman said Monday.  Israel's six-day-old offensive against Hezbollah following the capture of two Israeli soldiers earlier had been an aerial campaign.
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Blame by Some Arab Leaders for Fighters  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 16 — With the battle between Israel and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah raging, key Arab governments have taken the rare step of blaming Hezbollah, underscoring in part their growing fear of influence by the group's main sponsor, Iran.
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
Microphone Captures Bush's Unscripted Comments at G-8  —  ST. PETERSBURG, July 17 — President Bush should know that in Russia, someone is always listening.  In this case, it was the rest of the world.  —  During a lunch with other leaders at the Group of Eight summit on Monday …
Discussion: Mia Culpa
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Bush Curses Hezbollah During G8 Luncheon  —  It wasn't meant to be overheard.  Private luncheon conversations among world leaders, picked up by a microphone, provided a rare window into both banter and substance _ including President Bush cursing Hezbollah's attacks against Israel.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Arabs Fear Iran More Than They Hate The Jews  —  The New York Times provides an interesting analysis regarding the surprising criticism coming from Arab capitals towards Hezbollah.  Yesterday, its chief complained that the Arabs had not rallied around his organization while it fights the hated "Zionists".
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
Rockets again hit Israeli city of Haifa  —  Blair, Annan urge international force to help curb fighting  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Several suspected Hezbollah rockets hit the northern Israeli city of Haifa on Monday.  —  A large cloud of smoke could be seen coming from near the port area of Haifa, Israel's third-largest city.
Discussion: PoliBlog and Think Progress
EU's Solana pessimistic about chance for Lebanon cease-fire  —  BRUSSELS - A senior European Union official returned from the Middle East on Monday sounding pessimistic about the chance of a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah militants, and the EU said it was considering the deployment of peacekeepers.
Ze'ev Schiff / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS: Israel-Hezbollah fighting yet to reach its zenith  —  The fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah, which is backed by Syria and Iran, has still not reached its zenith.  The Israel Defense Forces' operational plans against the Shi'ite organizations have not yet been carried out.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Wretchard / The Belmont Club:
Hoist With One's Own Petard
CNN:   Israel strikes back after Haifa attacked
Forkum / Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons:
Disproportionate Response  —  The criticism that Israel is using a …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Mideast crisis drives Bush to colorful language
New York Times:
In an About-Face, Sunnis Want U.S. to Remain in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 16 — As sectarian violence soars, many Sunni Arab political and religious leaders once staunchly opposed to the American presence here are now saying they need American troops to protect them from the rampages …
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Gunmen kill 41 in raid on Iraq market  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Dozens of heavily armed attackers raided an open air market Monday in a tense town south of Baghdad, killing at least 41 people and wounding 42, police and hospital officials said.  Most of the victims were believed to be Shiites.
Anton La Guardia / Telegraph:
Israel fights West's cause against radical Islam  —  It is an axiom of Israeli military operation that its armed forces must hurry to achieve victory before international pressure forces them to stop.  —  A copy of the Koran burns amid the debris in Beirut
Discussion: normblog, AMERICAN FUTURE and Tim Blair
Mercury News:
HEARD THIS ONE?  —  Walking tall, and out  —  Dan Quayle took time out from participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline, Nev., on Friday to attend John Mellencamp's concert only to run into a political statement.  —  He then made a statement of his own …
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Washington Post:
A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding  —  But Some in Party Bristle At Secrecy and Liberal Tilt  —  An alliance of nearly a hundred of the nation's wealthiest donors is roiling Democratic political circles, directing more than $50 million in the past nine months to liberal think tanks …
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
The Fighters and the Freeloaders  —  Before things can turn a corner in the Middle East, we need the diplomatic equivalent of electric-shock therapy.  We may need $100 oil to jolt the Europeans and the Chinese.  We may need the Russians to be told that they can forget joining the World Trade Organization.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Greta Van Susteren, the No. 1 woman on cable TV by a mile, thinks she's found the answer to what audiences want.  Give it to them straight, and junk the 'tude.  "I think the news has changed," says the host of Fox News Channel's top-rated On the Record.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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