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5:50 AM ET, July 19, 2006


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Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Israeli ground troops enter Lebanon  —  JERUSALEM - Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed more than 260 people and displaced 500,000.
United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah  —  Bush 'gave green light' for limited attack, say Israeli and UK sources  —  The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon …
New York Times:
Arming of Hezbollah Reveals U.S. and Israeli Blind Spots  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — The power and sophistication of the missile and rocket arsenal that Hezbollah has used in recent days has caught the United States and Israel off guard, and officials in both countries are just now learning …
Discussion: The Agonist and Blah3
New York Times:
U.S. Appears to Be Waiting to Act on Israeli Airstrikes  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — The outlines of an American-Israeli consensus began to emerge on Tuesday in which Israel would continue to bombard Lebanon for about another week to degrade the capabilities of the Hezbollah militia, officials of the two countries said.
Caroline Drees / Reuters:
FBI eyes Hizbollah in US as tensions with Iran rise  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI is trying to ferret out possible Hizbollah agents in the United States amid concerns that rising U.S.-Iranian tensions could trigger attacks on American soil, FBI officials said.
Discussion: lgf
Fox News:
Senate Resolution Offers Moral Support to Israel
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Murray Waas / National Journal:
Bush Blocked Justice Department Investigation  —  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today that President Bush personally halted an internal Justice Department investigation into whether Gonzales and other senior department officials acted within …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Bush blocked eavesdropping program probe  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program that intercepts Americans' international calls and e-mails, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Macsmind
Alberto R. Gonzales /   ATTORNEY GENERAL  —  Good morning.  Thank you, Chairman Specter …
Louis Meixler / Associated Press:
Turkey signals it's prepared to enter Iraq  —  ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there — a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Louis Meixler / Independent:
Turkey risks US anger over plan to attack Kurds
James Wolcott:
ROVING HANDS  —  Most of the commentary I've seen regarding President Bush's impromptu shoulder-rub/aborted massage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G8 summit has treated the incident as a light, wacky divertissement, much like Bush's goofball attempt to make a dramatic exit …
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Reed concedes  —  Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed conceded defeat about 9:50 p.m. in Georgia's Republican primary for lieutenant governor.  —  "Tonight my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end," he said.  —  He promoied to work for the GOP ticket, including Sen. Casey Cagle …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
I Condemn It All  —  Many serious leftists have arrived at the Sadly, No! web site through favorable links supplied by a serious and well-respected Constitutional lawyer named Glenn Greenwald.  Ace is going to kill me for this, but I'll provide you the links.
Jacob Bernstein / WWD.COM:
Memo Pad: Fan Mail  —  FAN MAIL: If you falsely yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater and everyone tramples each other to death, you get sent to jail.  So what should be done with Ann Coulter, who has argued that The New York Times should have been blown up by Timothy McVeigh …
U.N.: 14,000 Iraqis killed in 2006  —  Holy city bomb kills 45; Armed robbers hit Baghdad bank  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — More than 14,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq in the first half of this year, an ominous figure reflecting the fact that "killings, kidnappings and torture remain widespread" …
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Jordanian who killed 2 U.S. soldiers dies  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Jordanian who killed two U.S. soldiers last month was fatally wounded in a clash with security forces, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday.  Diyar Ismail Mahmoud, known as Abu al-Afghani, was identified as the killer of the two soldiers …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
House Rejects Gay Marriage Ban Amendment  —  The House on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall's election.  —  The 236-187 vote for the proposal …
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Oman trade pact bad for US security -lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional opponents of a free-trade pact with Oman raised concerns on Tuesday about provisions they said could jeopardize U.S. port security, but other lawmakers said they were misstating the facts.
Discussion: Sirotablog
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