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1:55 AM ET, July 20, 2006

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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."
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Ynetnews:
Hizbullah: No leaders killed in IAF strike  —  Israeli warplanes target bunker in south Beirut where senior Hizbullah leaders, including Nasrallah, were thought to be, military says  —  According to Hizbullah officials, no senior organization leaders were killed in a massive IAF air strike …
Associated Press:
IAF attempts to assasinate Hizbullah leadership  —  IAF fighter jets dropped over 20 tons in bombs late Wednesday night on a Hizbullah bunker, possibly the hiding place of the group's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, in the Bourj al-Barajneh refugee camp in southeast Beirut.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Is This War Bush's Fault?  —  One of the stranger memes to arise in the last week is the notion that the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict is somehow the fault of George Bush.  Howard Kurtz covers this in today's Media Notes, along with links to plenty of people willing to cast blame at the White House.
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Congress Is Giving Israel Vote of Confidence
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  —  WASHINGTON, July 19 — President Bush vetoed a bill for the first time today, using his constitutional power to reject legislation passed by Congress that would expand federal research on embryonic stem cells, a step he said would be crossing a "moral line."
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."
Ezra Klein:
The Politics of Stem Cells
Discussion: TAPPED and New York Times
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
India Blocks Several Web Sites, Many of Which Are Blog Homes  —  By ERIC BELLMAN in Mumbai and PETER WONACOTT in New Delhi  —  India's Internet regulators have started blocking several Web sites in a move that borrows a page from China, where government censors heavily restrict the flow of online information.
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Soutik Biswas / BBC:
India bloggers angry at net ban
New York Times:
Public vs. Private Schools  —  The national education reform effort has long suffered from magical thinking about what it takes to improve children's chances of learning.  Instead of homing in on teacher training and high standards, things that distinguish effective schools from poor ones …
Discussion: Hit and Run, Don Surber and Eduwonk.com
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Greg Sargent / tpmcafe.com:
CT-SEN: It's Official — Lieberman Rules Out Any Run On GOP Line  —  As I wrote below, Election Central posed a question this morning to the Lieberman campaign: Would he or would he not rule out a run on the GOP line if he lost the Dem primary and the line were offered to him?
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
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 …
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.
Matthew Cardinale / atlantaprogressivenews.com:
Machine Vote-Flipping Claimed in McKinney Primary  —  (APN) ATLANTA -"You've got electronic voting machines.  Many people called in and shared their concern.  They pushed the button for Cynthia McKinney and Hank Johnson came up.  It wasn't one time, it wasn't two times, it was many …
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!
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
President Bush and The Fury of the "Disdained," or How to Get the 180s Back  —  As critics of Israel begin to assemble, the horn of George Will is calling all the weary conservatives to join with long- and medium-term critics of the Adminstration under the banner of "anti-Weekly Standard."
 
 
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