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10:10 AM ET, July 18, 2006


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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Hunker Down With History  —  The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake.  It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims …
New York Times:
Israeli General Says Lebanon Offensive Will Last Weeks  —  JERUSALEM, July 18 — A top Israeli general said today that Israel's offensive in Lebanon would last another few weeks, and he said that the use of large numbers of ground forces had not been ruled out.
3 reserves brigades called up  —  Defense ministry approves draft Monday night.  Reserves to take over in Judea and Samaria, regular forces to move north  —  Hanan Greenberg  —  Defense Minister Amir Peretz approved Monday night the draft of three reserves brigades - infantry and engineers.
Carl / Israel Matzav:
A history lesson  —  At Little Green Footballs this morning …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IAF destroys long-range missile
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Arab world fed up with Hizbullah
Discussion: and TAPPED
Democrat Taylor Marsh Blogs Politics:
updated below—  —  President Bush took time out from the G-8 Summit to grope German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  I'm not kidding.  It boggles the mind.  —  Via Mash (by the way, great get!), we get photos via a friend of his in Germany.  Mash debuted his guest post on on North Korea this past Sunday …
James Gerstenzang / Los Angeles Times:   Russia's Time to Shine on World Stage
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senator Resisting Bush Over Detainees  —  WASHINGTON, July 17 — Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina often plays the contrarian, the conservative Republican willing to poke a stick in the eye of the White House.  —  Now Mr. Graham is playing an even higher-profile variant of that role …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Air America Radio
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P.'s Bid for Blacks Falters
Discussion: THE NEWS BLOG
Associated Press:
Bond Criticizes, Invites Bush
Discussion: The Democratic Party
U.S. citizens remain in dark about evacuation  —  Official: Operation costs more than available resources; 64 have left so far  —  A French toddler is carried over a fence by relatives as they wait Monday with hundreds of other French citizens near their embassy in Beirut to be evacuated from Lebanon.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Times to Reduce Page Size and Close a Plant in 2008  —  The New York Times is planning to reduce the size of the newspaper, making it narrower by one and a half inches, and to close its printing operation in Edison, N.J., company officials said yesterday.  —  The changes, to go into effect …
Iran to Hizbullah: Curb attacks on Israel  —  Arabic language newspaper reports Iran was warned by European country that Israel is ready to attack targets in Syria in campaign to liquidate Hizbullah; Tehran sends foreign minister to Damascus to demand Hizbullah curtail attacks against Israel
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Transformation's Toll  —  "Grotesque" was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's characterization of the charge that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was responsible for the current Middle East conflagration.  She is correct, up to a point.  This point: Hezbollah and Hamas were alive and toxic long before March 2003.
Rich Karlgaard / Digital Rules:
Where Is The "Netroots Left" On Israel?  —  Missing in action.  —  First a bit of background.  The so-called Netroots Left, led by Markos Moulitsas of the popular Daily Kos, wants to be a player in American politics.  As a test case, the Kossacks are throwing their weight behind political …
Washington Post:
Bush Set to Use First Veto on Stem Cell Bill  —  Despite Divided GOP, President Says He Will Not Ease Restrictions on Federally Funded Research  —  Since his inauguration in 2000, President Bush has gone out of his way to avoid an overt confrontation with Congress.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
NOT EQUAL:  —  At Tapped, Matt Yglesias writes that Hezbollah's rocket strikes, as compared with Israel's bombing of Lebanon, are "equally indefensible."  Equally?  Hezbollah began the crisis with an act of war that included a cross-border incursion and a kidnapping.
Michelle Malkin:
CALLING ALL RIGHTIES: DIGG THIS  —  Thanks to my wonderful web guy, Mark Jaquith, you'll notice a new feature at the end of every post that I started including over the weekend.  It says "Digg This."  If you click on it, it'll take you to Digg, the hot user-powered content site that now has a Politics section.
Discussion: Blogs of War
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
For CBS's Fall Lineup, Check Inside Your Refrigerator  —  IN September, CBS plans to start using a new place to advertise its fall television lineup: your breakfast.  —  The network plans to announce today that it will place laser imprints of its trademark eye insignia …
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Yaakov Katz / Associated Press:
IDF needs another week to alleviate Hizbullah threat
Discussion: Hot Air and Blogs of War
Jules Witcover / Salt Lake Tribune:
The Democrats' message dilemma
Hassan M. Fattah / New York Times:
Bombings Bring Season of Fear to Seaside Resort
Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers Mislead Teens about Abortion Risks
Adam LeBor / Harry's Place:
A Proxy War against Iran
Discussion: Adloyada and Pajamas Media
Juan / Informed Comment:
Israel Invades Lebanon;  —  Ongoing Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Lebanese Civilians;
John Holbo / Crooked Timber:
Political Romanticism
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Military-Style Assault Kills Dozens in Iraqi Marketplace
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Gateway Pundit:
Scandal-Plagued Missouri Democrats Sue to Block New Law
Discussion: The Anchoress
Malia Rulon / Cincinnati Enquirer:
Boehner sees difference in coffin TV ads
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Jim Bronskill /
No-fly list to ignore terror ties
Dan Gilgoff / US News:
Dean's List  —  The Democratic chair plans to fight in every one of the 50 states.