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7:15 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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Haaretz:
Two soldiers killed in clash with Hezbollah inside Lebanese territory  —  Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed Wednesday during heavy exchanges of fire with Hezbollah guerillas inside Lebanese territory, across the Israel-Lebanon border.  —  One of them was identified …
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 …
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Congress Is Giving Israel Vote of Confidence  —  Both Parties Back Ally, Court Jewish Support  —  Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are rushing to offer unalloyed support for Israel's offensive against Hezbollah fighters, reflecting a bipartisan desire to not only defend …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Lebanon: The Only Exit Strategy
Ira Stoll / New York Sun:
Hundreds of Iranian Troops Fighting in Lebanon
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and It Shines For All
Austin Bay / StrategyPage:
Halting Rocket Fire From Hijacked States
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Associated Press:
Rockets hit Tiberias, Haifa, Karmiel
Discussion: The Head Heeb and Seraphic Secret
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 …
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Judd / Think Progress:
Bush on Stem Cell Veto: 'These Boys and Girls Are Not Spare Parts'  —  Moments ago, Bush made a statement at the White House discussing why he vetoed a bill expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research.  (The media was barred from covering the veto itself.)  Bush explained, "these boys and girls are not spare parts."
David Stout / New York Times:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill
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 …
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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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Mark Blumenthal / Mystery Pollster:
NEW PEW BLOGGER STUDY  —  The Pew Internet and American Life project today released a fascinating study on Americans who consider themselves bloggers — that is who say they maintain "a web log or 'blog' that others can read on the web."  A summary is available here, the full report and questionnaire here.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Exclusive Mini-Interview With Mimi Miyagi  —  Yesterday, I got together with Mimi Miyagi, a former porn star running for Governor of Nevada as a Republican.  Her campaign is quite a ways back in the polls at the moment, but I thought she'd still be a fun interview — and she was!
Discussion: Don Surber and Solomonia
Greg Sargent / tpmcafe.com:
CT-SEN: It's Official — Lieberman Rules Out Any Run On GOP Line  —  As I wrote below, Election Central posed a question this morning to the Lieberman campaign: Would he or would he not rule out a run on the GOP line if he lost the Dem primary and the line were offered to him?
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Guns of July  —  I wonder if this is how the summer of 1914 felt.  —  Then, you will recall, the assassination of the Austrian archduke by a Serbian nationalist terrorist provided the senescent Austro-Hungarian Empire the excuse it had been looking for to wipe out the Serbian nationalists …
Media Matters for America:
O'Reilly smeared Media Matters, Democracy Alliance as "left-wing Mafia" that "intimidates good people" … Over the course of two segments during the July 18 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly falsely attacked the Democracy Alliance, an organization of donors formed …
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 …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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.
 
 
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