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1:10 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.
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 …
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
United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah
Zvi Bar'el / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS: Nasrallah's terms of surrender will be hard to change
Discussion: A Blog For All
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
Hotline On Call:
Reed's Rise And Fall Writ Small
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 …
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
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.
Diana Jean Schemo / New York Times:
Republicans Propose National School Voucher Program
Discussion: Hit and Run and THE NEWS BLOG
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Valerie Basheda / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
McKinney headed for runoff with Johnson  —  U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney is headed to a runoff against a relatively unknown challenger in a Democratic primary she was expected to win with ease.  —  The controversial 4th District incumbent, accused of striking a Capitol Hill police officer last March …
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.
David P. Barash / Los Angeles Times:
When Man Mated Monkey  —  Icky as it sounds, we mingled across species in the past, which could help us win evolution wars in the future.  —  GENETICISTS studying human and chimpanzee DNA have concluded that a few million years ago, pre-humans and pre-chimps produced hybrids between the two species.
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 …
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