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3:20 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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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 …
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Yaakov Katz / Associated Press:
Two soldiers killed as ground troops clash with Hizbullah  —  Two soldiers from an elite unit were killed, it was released for publication Wednesday afternoon, and five were wounded as IDF ground forces engaged in a heavy exchange of fire with Hizbullah guerrillas on the Lebanese side of the northern border near Moshav Avivim.
Dennis Ross / USA Today:
U.S. should help construct an 'Arab umbrella'  —  As someone who helped to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Hezbollah battles in 1993 and '96, when Katyusha rockets forced the public in northern Israel into bomb shelters and the Israeli military destroyed Lebanese infrastructure and forced Lebanese …
Discussion: QandO and Blue Crab Boulevard
Michelle Malkin / Jewish World Review:
Hezbollah is already here  —  You think Hezbollah is only Israel's headache?  Wake up.  Iranian Hezbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli's threat on Tuesday to dispatch 2,000 operatives "to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America's interests" is more than just idle Islamic heavy-breathing.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Hyscience
Haaretz:
Two children killed in Katyusha rocket strike on Nazareth  —  A Hezbollah rocket attack on the northern town of Nazareth killed two Israeli children on Wednesday afternoon, bringing to 16 the death toll from rocket strikes since the crisis in Lebanon began a week ago.
Ynetnews:
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
With Israeli Use of Force, Debate Over Proportion  —  A Lebanese man in Hadath rushed away from the scene where a convoy of trucks was targeted before dawn.  Civilian casualties mounted as Israeli warplanes blasted targets on the southern edge of Beirut.  —  JERUSALEM, July 18 …
Discussion: PoliBlog
Austin Bay / StrategyPage:
Halting Rocket Fire From Hijacked States
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Ira Stoll / New York Sun:
Hundreds of Iranian Troops Fighting in Lebanon
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and It Shines For All
Associated Press:
Rockets hit Tiberias, Haifa, Karmiel
Discussion: The Head Heeb and Seraphic Secret
New York Times:
U.S. Appears to Be Waiting to Act on Israeli Airstrikes
Hotline On Call:
Reed's Rise And Fall Writ Small  —  As state party chair, Ralph Reed led GA Republicans to historic victories in '02.  They elected a governor for the first time since Reconstruction, knocked off an incumbent U.S. Senator, gained a majority in the state Senate and made gains in the state House.
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Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cagle tops Reed for GOP nomination
Discussion: Hit and Run and The RCP Blog
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 …
Discussion: A Blog For All
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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Stem Cell Bill; Bush Vows Veto
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Oliver Willis
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy  —  At a moment when his conservative coalition is already under strain over domestic policy, President Bush is facing a new and swiftly building backlash on the right over his handling of foreign affairs.  —  Conservative intellectuals …
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."
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 …
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
The Left Blogs Close the Door on the Big Tent  —  I disagree with Glenn Reynolds.  Not on everything, but on some things.  —  Support for the war in Iraq as an important battleground in the War on Terror?  Ditto, Glenn.  Unequivocal backing of the notion that Americans should have the right to pack heat?
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
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Blogosphere Day 3: Ned Lamont For US Senate  —  Two years ago, on July 19th, the blogosphere sprang into action for Ginny Schrader.  In one short day, a long-shot race became seriously competitive.  It remains so to this day.  From the $50K the blogosphere raised that day …
Haaretz:
Security forces nab Palestinian in Sharon for suicide attack bid  —  Security forces on Wednesday arrested in the town of Hod Hasharon a Palestinian suspected of planning to carry out a suicide bombing in the Sharon region.  —  Security forces also arrested a man in Kafr Qasem suspected …
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / victorhanson.com:
National Clarity  —  Bush Needs to Explain the Broad Context of War.
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Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Republicans Propose National School Voucher Program
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Louis Meixler / Associated Press:
Turkey Signals It's Prepared to Enter Iraq
Independent:
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White House:
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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
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Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Pregnancy Centers Found to Give False Information on Abortion
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