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11:20 PM ET, July 18, 2006


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Iran's Hizbollah says ready to attack US, Israel  —Text+TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Hizbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide.  —  "We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year …
Stranded in bomb-ravaged Beirut  —  Westerners scramble to leave as fighting intensifies  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — Westerners have piled on to cruise ships to flee war-torn Lebanon, but tens of thousands remain stranded in the capital Tuesday waiting for help to arrive.
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
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Israel capable of air strike on Iran
Discussion: Power Line and OPFOR
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 …
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Israel may send ground troops into Lebanon
Discussion: lgf
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Tony Snow and Helen Thomas: "thank you for the Hezbollah view"
Firas Al-Atraqchi / Aljazeera:
'Lebanon crisis an international conspiracy'
Discussion: A Blog For All
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 Air America Radio
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 …
Discussion: Balkinization and TalkLeft
Faiz / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Bush Personally Blocked DOJ Investigation Of Wiretapping Program  —  Earlier this year, the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which is charged with investigating attorney misconduct, announced that it could not pursue an investigation into the role …
Justin Rood / TPMmuckraker:   Senior Justice Officials "Stunned" Prez Ordered NSA Probe Blocked
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 …
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.
Louis Meixler / Independent:
Turkey risks US anger over plan to attack Kurds
The Poor Man Institute:
Keep it up  —  Glenn Greenwald - like David Neiwert - spends a lot of his time cataloging, recording, and referencing the extremist, often eliminationist rhetoric which has become the standard form of "debate" in the modern right-wing media.  This is exhausting, thankless work - I tried …
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
Debbie Schlussel:
Most Americans in Lebanon Are Hezbollah Supporters; U.S. Taxes Shouldn't Fund Their Return  —  **** AS READ ON THE AIR TODAY BY RUSH LIMBAUGH—THANKS, RUSH!  **** ALSO, SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****  —  One thing is lost in all the press coverage of the whining Americans who went to Lebanon …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Chicago Weighs New Prohibition: Bad-for-You Fats  —  CHICAGO, July 14 — In Grant Park, this city's front yard along Lake Michigan, a dizzying pack of people filled the streets evening after evening, all holding their gazes firmly on the little plates in their hands, loaded with catfish beignets …
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 …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Iowa Voice
Duncan Black / Los Angeles Times:
Why the Left Is Furious at Lieberman  —  A blogger's blast at the embattled Connecticut senator.  Hint: It's not just Iraq.  —  SOME TIME AFTER having lunch in Iraq with the junior senator from Connecticut, Time magazine Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware told an interviewer …
Think Progress:
Brownback Holds Up Drawing Of Embryo, Asks 'Are You Going To Kill Me?'  —  Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is leading the opposition to the H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Brownback has used a deceptive and false report …
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
The Ugly Truth: Our President is an Imbecile  —  You know it, I know it and the American people know it.  But everyone is afraid to say it.  They say it privately, but people are afraid of saying it publicly because you will be branded as a liberal, elite, intellectual snob.
A. O. Scott / New York Times:
Avast, Me Critics!  Ye Kill the Fun: Critics and the Masses Disagree About Film Choices  —  Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."  Despite negative reviews, the film earned $136 million in its first weekend.  —  Let's start with a few numbers.
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