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12:10 PM ET, July 19, 2006


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New York Times:
U.S. Appears to Be Waiting to Act on Israeli Airstrikes  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — The outlines of an American-Israeli consensus began to emerge on Tuesday in which Israel would continue to bombard Lebanon for about another week to degrade the capabilities of the Hezbollah militia, officials of the two countries said.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Lebanon: The Only Exit Strategy  —  There is crisis and there is opportunity.  Amid the general wringing of hands over the seemingly endless and escalating Israel-Hezbollah fighting, everyone asks: Where will it end?  —  The answer, blindingly clear, begins with understanding …
New York Times:
Arming of Hezbollah Reveals U.S. and Israeli Blind Spots  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — The power and sophistication of the missile and rocket arsenal that Hezbollah has used in recent days has caught the United States and Israel off guard, and officials in both countries are just now learning …
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 …
New York Times:
U.N. Force in Lebanon Offers Harsh Realities and Lessons
Discussion: Mediacrity and It Shines For All
Zvi Bar'el / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS: Nasrallah's terms of surrender will be hard to change
Discussion: A Blog For All
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:   With Israeli Use of Force, Debate Over Proportion
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cagle tops Reed for GOP nomination  —  In the end, Ralph Reed couldn't do for himself what he had helped Republicans do all the way up to the White House: Get elected.  —  Despite the backing of top conservatives including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller …
Discussion: Hit and Run and The RCP Blog
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Republican Candidate Linked to Abramoff Loses in Ga. Primary  —  Former Georgia Republican Party chairman Ralph Reed lost his bid for the party's nomination for lieutenant governor last night, the first electoral defeat this year that can be traced directly to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Death Toll Rises Above 100 Per Day, U.N. Says  —  Residents gathered at the site of Tuesday's suicide bombing.  The importance of Kufa to Shiites underlined the intensely sectarian nature of the attack.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 18 — An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed …
Discussion: The Politburo Diktat
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
Jordanian who killed 2 U.S. soldiers dies  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Jordanian who killed two U.S. soldiers last month was fatally wounded in a clash with security forces, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday.  Diyar Ismail Mahmoud, known as Abu al-Afghani, was identified as the killer of the two soldiers …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Four in 10 Republicans Would Not Find McCain an "Acceptable" Nominee  —  Clinton, Edwards, Gore most acceptable possible Democratic nominees  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A recent Gallup Panel poll asked Republicans and Democrats whether they would find each of several possible contenders …
IDF after Hizbullah money  —  Military sources say warplanes attack structures in which Hizbullah stores its money; among targets hit were four el-Mal (Money house) buildings in Bint Jbeil, Nabatiyeh, Baalbek and Tyre area  —  A senior Northern Command officer told Ynet Wednesday …
Nick Wadhams / Associated Press:
Iraqi civilian toll 6,000 for May, June  —  UNITED NATIONS - Nearly 6,000 civilians were slain across Iraq in May and June, a spike in deaths that coincided with rising sectarian attacks across the country, the United Nations said Tuesday.  —  The report from the U.N. Assistance Mission …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
IAF foils rocket transports from Syria  —  While army continues to strike Hizbullah, limit its weapons resources, outside groups trying to rearm group.  IAF manages to bomb trucks transporting missiles from Syria.  IDF Maj.-Gen. Eisenkot: These rockets belong to Syrian army  —  Hanan Greenberg
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
In Which I Condemn Glenn Greenwald for Failing to Condemn Some Stuff  —  I have a screenshot of that Sadly, No! online store with the T-shirts advocating the murder of conservatives — the one Glenn Greenwald failed to condemn.  But before we get to the screenshot, let's recap, for humor purposes.
White House:
Press Briefing by Tony Snow  —  Q The mike is on, Tony.  (Laughter.)  —  Q Not unless you've never used it, Tony.  —  MR. SNOW: Aw, shucks, Lester.  Welcome back to those of you on the road.  Good to see a lot of you here.  And for all the others, it's good to be back.
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
GOP Unveils School Voucher Plan  —  $100 Million Proposal Targets Low-Income Students  —  The Bush administration and Republican legislators yesterday proposed a $100 million national plan to offer low-income students private-school vouchers to escape low-performing public schools.
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