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4:00 PM ET, July 19, 2006

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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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Anthony Shadid / Washington Post:
Evacuations Underway in Beirut  —  Israel Continues Deadly Airstrikes; Hezbollah Fires Scores of Rockets  —  BEIRUT, July 18 — By helicopter and ship, hundreds of Americans and Europeans fled on Tuesday from Beirut, ending its first week of siege, as casualties mounted in deadly Israeli raids …
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
Austin Bay / StrategyPage:
Halting Rocket Fire From Hijacked States
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
With Israeli Use of Force, Debate Over Proportion
Discussion: PoliBlog and Emboldened
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
Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
Nazareth: 2 children killed in rocket barrage
Discussion: Israellycool and Israel Matzav
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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Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Stem Cell Bill; Bush Vows Veto  —  The Senate voted to lift restrictions on federally funded human embryonic stem cell research yesterday, setting the table for President Bush's first veto and producing an emotional campaign issue that Democrats believe will help them this fall.
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."
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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Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
In Iraq, Civil War All but Declared  —  Officials see the latest killings — 130 lives in two days — as a slide into a full-scale conflict.  —  BAGHDAD — Retaliatory massacres by gunmen and bombers linked to rival Muslim sects have left more than 130 people dead across Iraq over the last two days …
Discussion: Balkinization, Hyscience and Blah3
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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Iraqi Death Toll Rises Above 100 Per Day, U.N. Says
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."
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 …
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: How I spent my summer vacation  —  Northern Israel is a vacationer's paradise.  From hiking trails to walk on, to rivers to swim in, to luxury hotels to bask in, to mystical sites to seek inspiration from, it has something for everyone.  This is why, when last week I took …
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
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 …
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 …
Niall Stanage / New York Observer:
U.N. Drama Unfolds, Times Runs Wire Copy  —  The story had everything: secret agents, political intrigue, personal betrayal and cash.  Lots and lots of cash.  —  Yet, for all that, a remarkable trial that ended last week in a Manhattan courtroom—a proceeding that implicated figures …
Discussion: FP Passport
 
 
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