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10:55 AM 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.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and AMERICAN FUTURE
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Guardian:
United States to Israel: you have one more week to blast Hizbullah  —  Bush 'gave green light' for limited attack, say Israeli and UK sources  —  The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon …
Ravi Nessman / Associated Press:
Israeli ground troops enter Lebanon  —  JERUSALEM - Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed more than 260 people and displaced 500,000.
Abraham Rabinovich / The Australian:
Israel smells victory against Hezbollah  —  JERUSALEM: One week after the humiliation it suffered in a Hezbollah cross-border raid in which eight soldiers were killed and two captured, Israel senses one of its major military and political victories is within reach.
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 …
Discussion: The Agonist and Blah3
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 …
Zvi Bar'el / Haaretz:
ANALYSIS: Nasrallah's terms of surrender will be hard to change
Discussion: New York Times and A Blog For All
New York Times:
U.N. Force in Lebanon Offers Harsh Realities and Lessons
Discussion: Mediacrity and It Shines For All
Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:
Another limited IDF incursion into Lebanon; Evacuating Lebanon
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
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Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Reed concedes  —  Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed conceded defeat about 9:50 p.m. in Georgia's Republican primary for lieutenant governor.  —  "Tonight my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end," he said.  —  He promoied to work for the GOP ticket, including Sen. Casey Cagle …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Republican Candidate Linked to Abramoff Loses in Ga. Primary
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Thwarted Probe Into NSA Wiretapping  —  Security Clearances for Justice Department Investigators Were Denied, Gonzales Says  —  President Bush effectively blocked a Justice Department investigation of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program …
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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
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.
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
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Pregnancy Centers Found to Give False Information on Abortion  —  Federally funded "pregnancy resource centers" are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility and deep psychological trauma, a minority congressional report charged yesterday.
 
 
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