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3:38 AM ET, July 20, 2006


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Faiz / Think Progress:
Kristol Suggests People of Iran Would Embrace U.S. Attack, Triggering Regime Change  —  This morning on Fox, Bill Kristol continued to escalate his calls for war against Iran, stating, "We can try diplomacy.  I'm not very hopeful about that.  We have to be ready to use force."
Hizbullah: No leaders killed in IAF strike  —  Israeli warplanes target bunker in south Beirut where senior Hizbullah leaders, including Nasrallah, were thought to be, military says  —  According to Hizbullah officials, no senior organization leaders were killed in a massive IAF air strike …
Fox News:
A Shocking Report on Hezbollah's U.S. Activities  —  This is a partial transcript from "Hannity & Colmes," July 18, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.  —  ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: This is a Hezbollah Internet video used for recruitment and fundraising right here in the United States.
Associated Press:
IAF attempts to assasinate Hizbullah leadership  —  IAF fighter jets dropped over 20 tons in bombs late Wednesday night on a Hizbullah bunker, possibly the hiding place of the group's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, in the Bourj al-Barajneh refugee camp in southeast Beirut.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Is This War Bush's Fault?  —  One of the stranger memes to arise in the last week is the notion that the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict is somehow the fault of George Bush.  Howard Kurtz covers this in today's Media Notes, along with links to plenty of people willing to cast blame at the White House.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill  —  President Bush today used the first veto of his presidency to stop legislation that would have lifted restrictions on federally funded human embryonic stem cell research.  —  "This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope …
David Stout / New York Times:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 — President Bush vetoed a bill for the first time today, using his constitutional power to reject legislation passed by Congress that would expand federal research on embryonic stem cells, a step he said would be crossing a "moral line."
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
President to Address NAACP Tomorrow
Ezra Klein:
The Politics of Stem Cells
Discussion: TAPPED and New York Times
Bret Schulte / US News:
DeWine blunder adds fuel to controversial Sept. 11 ad  —  The controversial video of the burning World Trade Center towers in a television campaign ad for Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine is doctored, U.S. News has learned.  The television spot, which has been lambasted by critics as a political exploitation …
Wall Street Journal:
India Blocks Several Web Sites, Many of Which Are Blog Homes  —  By ERIC BELLMAN in Mumbai and PETER WONACOTT in New Delhi  —  India's Internet regulators have started blocking several Web sites in a move that borrows a page from China, where government censors heavily restrict the flow of online information.
Soutik Biswas / BBC:
India bloggers angry at net ban  —  India's burgeoning blogging community is up in arms against a government directive that they say has led to the blocking of their web logs.  —  The country's 153 internet service providers (ISP) have blocked 17 websites since last week on federal government orders.
National Post:
Neutral stance rejected  —  Opposition criticizes Harper's tough talk  —  Mike Blanchfield; with files from Mike De Souza and MauriceBridge, CanWest News Service  —  PARIS - Making his strongest statement yet on the Middle East crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday …
New York Times:
Lieberman's Donors Include Many Who Favor Republicans  —  When it comes to supporting candidates for public office, the Associated General Contractors of America gives 90 percent of its campaign contributions to Republicans.  —  And then there is Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.
Greg Fulton / Time:
Ralph Reed's Comeuppance  —  Analysis: The former leader of the Christian right suffers a humiliating defeat in his Georgia primary race, thanks to his ties to a disgraced lobbyist  —  As a political operative Ralph Reed had a golden touch.  Four years ago in Georgia, as chair of the Republican Party …
Discussion: Bull Moose, Donkey Cons and Roger Ailes
New York Times:
Public vs. Private Schools  —  The national education reform effort has long suffered from magical thinking about what it takes to improve children's chances of learning.  Instead of homing in on teacher training and high standards, things that distinguish effective schools from poor ones …
Discussion: Hit and Run, Don Surber and
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Thune Says He'd Distance Himself From Bush  —  Freshman Sen. John Thune, the Republican hero two years ago for ousting the Senate Democratic leader, said Wednesday that if he were running this year, he'd distance himself from President Bush and his agenda.  —  In 2004, the White House …
Hugh Hewitt /
President Bush and The Fury of the "Disdained," or How to Get the 180s Back  —  As critics of Israel begin to assemble, the horn of George Will is calling all the weary conservatives to join with long- and medium-term critics of the Adminstration under the banner of "anti-Weekly Standard."
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