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8:35 AM ET, July 20, 2006


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New York Times:
Death Toll Rises in Mideast Fight; Bunker Bombed  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 19 — The deadliest day yet in the deepening two-front Middle East crisis claimed more than 70 lives on Wednesday in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and northern Israel, with no immediate cease-fire in sight.
George V. Voinovich / Washington Post:
Why I'll Vote for Bolton  —  As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have had the rare opportunity to witness firsthand how the diplomatic process works and, in some cases, how it fails.  Recently, despite our nation's best efforts, the world — and particularly the Middle East …
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
Bronwen Maddox / Times of London:
Britain fears assault on Hezbollah will backfire
Vital Perspective:   Exclusive Nosecone Video of Israeli Aerial Attacks on Hezbollah Targets
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Bush Veto Maintains Limits on Stem Cell Use  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 — President Bush on Wednesday rejected legislation to expand federally supported embryonic stem cell research, exercising his first veto while putting himself at odds with many members of his own party and what polls say is a majority of the public.
Discussion: US Politics
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.
New York Times:
Iraqi Prime Minister Denounces Israel's Actions  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 19 — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq on Wednesday forcefully denounced the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, marking a sharp break with President Bush's position and highlighting the growing power of a Shiite Muslim identity across the Middle East.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Leading Saudi Sheik Pronounces Fatwa Against Hezbollah
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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
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.
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
How Would A Patriot React?  —  New York Times best selling author Glenn Greenwald appears to have written a book in an attempt to lecture American patriots on how to act politically when his primary and preferred residence isn't even within the United States - it's actually in Brazil.
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
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."
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
Washington Post:
GOP Lawmakers Edge Away From Optimism on Iraq  —  Faced with almost daily reports of sectarian carnage in Iraq, congressional Republicans are shifting their message on the war from speaking optimistically of progress to acknowledging the difficulty of the mission and pointing up mistakes in planning and execution.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah
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
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Israeli Shock And Awe  —  Israel took a page from the American playbook this evening, dropping 23 tons of explosives on a bunker in southern Beirut where the IDF believes top Hezbollah leadership to be hiding.  Preliminary bomb-damage assessment seems optimistic:
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