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7:25 AM ET, July 20, 2006


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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 …
Lou Dobbs / CNN:
Not so smart when it comes to the Middle East  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — We Americans like to think we're a pretty smart people, even when evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.  And nowhere is that evidence more overwhelming than in the Middle East.  History in the Middle East is everything …
Discussion: In From the Cold and Blah3
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 …
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.
Vital Perspective:   Exclusive Nosecone Video of Israeli Aerial Attacks on Hezbollah Targets
Chicago Tribune:
Experts rip Rove stem cell remark  —  Researchers doubt value of adult cells  —  When White House political adviser Karl Rove signaled last week that President Bush planned to veto the stem cell bill being considered by the Senate, the reasons he gave went beyond the president's moral qualms with research on human embryos.
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Bush Veto Maintains Limits on Stem Cell Use
Discussion: US Politics
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Stem Cell Bill Seen as a Qualified Boon for Research
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 …
Erick / RedState:
Casey Cagle: Giant Killer
Discussion: Donkey Cons
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Brian Witte / Associated Press:
Judge Overturns Wal-Mart Health Care Law  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — A first-of-its-kind state law that would have required Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care in Maryland is invalid under federal law, a judge ruled Wednesday.  —  The state law would have required non-governmental employers …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and PunditGuy
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Corruption Issue Comes to Fore  —  Reed Is Seen as First Casualty, and Parties Brace for More  —  While political corruption has failed so far to take root as a national issue, the defeat of scandal-stained Ralph Reed in Georgia on Tuesday showed that federal investigators could tip …
Discussion: David Sirota and TPMmuckraker
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Study Documents 'Ghetto Tax' Being Paid by the Urban Poor  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — Drivers from low-income neighborhoods of New York, Hartford and Baltimore, insuring identical cars and with the same driving records as those from middle-class neighborhoods, paid $400 more on average for a year's insurance.
Discussion: Feministe
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
The Bush Administration's and RNC's Nonsensical PR Games: Lebanon and Iraq  —  NEW YORK—I've just seen two reports about absolutely looney Bush administration steps in Iraq and Lebanon that have more to do with public relations management than they do, in either case, with "on the ground realities."
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Israeli Shock And Awe
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Hizballah Activity in North America
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