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12:20 PM ET, July 20, 2006


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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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Diplomatic Traps  —  AS FIGHTING in the Middle East continues, the Bush administration is coming under pressure to launch some sort of diplomatic initiative.  These calls sound reasonable; the loss of innocent life in Lebanon and Israel is tragic, the dangers of further escalation are real …
National Post:
Neutral stance rejected
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Patience is Wearing Thin
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.
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?)
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.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   Glenn Greenwald's IP Address Stolen
Israel: Spain relations hurt by PM's accusation IDF uses 'abuses force'  —  Israel's envoy to Spain said on Thursday the two countries' relations had been damaged after the Spanish prime minister accused Israel of using "abusive force" during an event at which he also wore a Palestinian scarf.
Discussion: Barcepundit and
Ignacio Russell Cano / Ynetnews:
In Spain, anti-Semitism is new leftist trend  —  Spanish Jews knew there were hard times ahead.  Prime Minister Zapatero has not disappointed them  —  Madrid: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain and Secretary General of the Socialist Party, arrived to power at a time nobody expected, not even inside the Party.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
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:
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.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Study Documents 'Ghetto Tax' Being Paid by the Urban Poor  —  WASHINGTON, July 18 — Drivers from low-income neighborhoods of New York, Hartford and Baltimore, insuring identical cars and with the same driving records as those from middle-class neighborhoods, paid $400 more on average for a year's insurance.
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