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12:10 AM ET, July 20, 2006

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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."
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Ynetnews:
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Michelle Malkin:
HEZBOLLAH IS HERE  —  ***scroll for updates***  —  My syndicated column today begins:
Associated Press:
Rockets hit Tiberias, Haifa, Karmiel
Discussion: The Head Heeb and Seraphic Secret
Adloyada:
How to demonize Israel
Discussion: lgf and Hyscience
Vital Perspective:   Exclusive Nosecone Video of Israeli Aerial Attacks on Hezbollah Targets
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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David Stout / New York Times:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 — President Bush vetoed a bill for the first time today, using his constitutional power to reject legislation passed by Congress that would expand federal research on embryonic stem cells, a step he said would be crossing a "moral line."
Ezra Klein:
The Politics of Stem Cells
Discussion: New York Times and TAPPED
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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Soutik Biswas / BBC:
India bloggers angry at net ban
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 …
Discussion: The RCP Blog and TPMmuckraker
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?
Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Republicans Propose National School Voucher Program  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — With Education Secretary Margaret Spellings joining them in a show of support, Congressional Republicans proposed Tuesday to spend $100 million on vouchers for low-income students in chronically failing public schools around …
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 …
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!
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
Louis Meixler / Associated Press:
Turkey Signals It's Prepared to Enter Iraq  —  Turkish officials signaled Tuesday they are prepared to send the army into northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish Kurdish guerrillas there - a move that could put Turkey on a collision course with the United States.
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Bush and The Fury of the "Disdained," or How to Get the 180s Back  —  As critics of Israel begin to assemble, the horn of George Will is calling all the weary conservatives to join with long- and medium-term critics of the Adminstration under the banner of "anti-Weekly Standard."
lgf:
Terror Supporters Turn Out in US  —  Ignoring the star of David with a swastika inside, and the sign that says "Islam Will Dominate," with a picture of the White House flying the black flag of Islam, al-Reuters blandly captions this photograph: … In Dearborn, Michigan …
 
 
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Denis Horgan / Colin McEnroe:
Mighty Clouds of Blogs
Discussion: Firedoglake and LamontBlog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Man Upstairs Is in the House
Joe Garcia / ndn.org:
NDN Political Fund Releases New Poll of Hispanic Voters
Mark Blumenthal / Mystery Pollster:
NEW PEW BLOGGER STUDY
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War without End
Niall Stanage / New York Observer:
U.N. Drama Unfolds, Times Runs Wire Copy
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Megan K. Stack / Los Angeles Times:
Dazed Refugees Flood Beirut
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
In Ga., Reed out and McKinney in runoff