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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Congress Is Giving Israel Vote of Confidence
Discussion: The Agonist and Preemptive Karma
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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David Stout / New York Times:
In First Veto, Bush Blocks Stem Cell Bill
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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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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 …
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: Hyscience, Balkinization and Blah3
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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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