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9:40 AM ET, July 20, 2006


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New York Times:
Death Toll Rises in Mideast Fight; Bunker Bombed  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 19 — The deadliest day yet in the deepening two-front Middle East crisis claimed more than 70 lives on Wednesday in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and northern Israel, with no immediate cease-fire in sight.
National Post:
Neutral stance rejected  —  Opposition criticizes Harper's tough talk  —  Mike Blanchfield; with files from Mike De Souza and MauriceBridge, CanWest News Service  —  PARIS - Making his strongest statement yet on the Middle East crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
George V. Voinovich / Washington Post:
Why I'll Vote for Bolton  —  As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have had the rare opportunity to witness firsthand how the diplomatic process works and, in some cases, how it fails.  Recently, despite our nation's best efforts, the world — and particularly the Middle East …
Bronwen Maddox / Times of London:
Britain fears assault on Hezbollah will backfire  —  BRITAIN fears that Israel's assault on Hezbollah is failing to cripple the guerrilla group and that continued bombardment will bring huge civilian casualties in Lebanon for little military gain.  —  The rising concern that any further …
Washington Post:
Diplomatic Traps  —  AS FIGHTING in the Middle East continues …
Discussion: MaxSpeak and Soccer Dad
Vital Perspective:   Exclusive Nosecone Video of Israeli Aerial Attacks on Hezbollah Targets
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
First Bush Veto Maintains Limits on Stem Cell Use  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 — President Bush on Wednesday rejected legislation to expand federally supported embryonic stem cell research, exercising his first veto while putting himself at odds with many members of his own party and what polls say is a majority of the public.
Chicago Tribune:
Experts rip Rove stem cell remark
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Leading Saudi Sheik Pronounces Fatwa Against Hezbollah  —  CAIRO, Egypt — One of Saudi Arabia's leading Wahhabi sheiks, Abdullah bin Jabreen has issued a strongly worded religious edict, or fatwa, declaring it unlawful to support, join or pray for Hezbollah, the Shiite militias lobbing missiles into northern Israel.
New York Times:
Iraqi Prime Minister Denounces Israel's Actions  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 19 — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq on Wednesday forcefully denounced the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, marking a sharp break with President Bush's position and highlighting the growing power of a Shiite Muslim identity across the Middle East.
New York Times:
Lieberman's Donors Include Many Who Favor Republicans  —  When it comes to supporting candidates for public office, the Associated General Contractors of America gives 90 percent of its campaign contributions to Republicans.  —  And then there is Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Yes, I Will Post About Glenn Greenwald  —  Fellow bloggers, readers, commenters: Lend me your eyes.  I have come to praise Glenn Greenwald, not to bury him.  —  This unsavory blog points out something curious — curious, but quite easily explained, as we shall soon see.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Devoted Fans of Glenn Greenwald Emphasize the Same Points About His Resume — From the Same IP Address!!  —  Read on, Gentle Reader.  I promise you, this will be worth your time.  —  See if you see any similarities between the following comments, from three completely different people.  (Or are they?)
Discussion: damnum absque injuria
Dan / Riehl World View:
How Would A Patriot React?  —  New York Times best selling …
Greg Fulton / Time:
Ralph Reed's Comeuppance  —  Analysis: The former leader of the Christian right suffers a humiliating defeat in his Georgia primary race, thanks to his ties to a disgraced lobbyist  —  As a political operative Ralph Reed had a golden touch.  Four years ago in Georgia, as chair of the Republican Party …
Erick / RedState:
Casey Cagle: Giant Killer
Discussion: Donkey Cons
Washington Post:
GOP Lawmakers Edge Away From Optimism on Iraq  —  Faced with almost daily reports of sectarian carnage in Iraq, congressional Republicans are shifting their message on the war from speaking optimistically of progress to acknowledging the difficulty of the mission and pointing up mistakes in planning and execution.
Discussion: The Next Hurrah and AMERICAblog
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 …
Soutik Biswas / BBC:
India bloggers angry at net ban  —  India's burgeoning blogging community is up in arms against a government directive that they say has led to the blocking of their web logs.  —  The country's 153 internet service providers (ISP) have blocked 17 websites since last week on federal government orders.
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