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11:20 AM ET, July 21, 2006


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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
To Save a Revolution  —  You could sense the hurt and anger as Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora pleaded this week to the U.S. ambassador and other diplomats in Beirut for a halt to Israeli attacks on Lebanese targets.  "The country has been torn to shreds," he said.  "I hope you will not let us down."
Hezbollah leader apologizes for attack's child victims  —  Nasrallah: Militant group not harmed by Israeli attacks  —  (CNN) — Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah apologized for an attack that killed two Israeli Arab children in northern Israel, saying the youngsters were "martyrs for Palestine."
Lebanese defense minister: Army will fight ground invasion
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Jerusalem Post:
Barrages resume Thursday afternoon
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
David Wooding / The Sun:
Exiled Bakri in SOS plea  —  EXILED preacher of hate Omar Bakri has begged the Royal Navy to rescue him from war-torn Beirut.  —  The Muslim cleric who fled Britain last year, tried to board a ship full of women and children yesterday but was turned away.  —  He also wrote to the British …
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Banished Islamofascist Begs For Britain's Protection
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bryan / Hot Air:   Omar Bakri: Rescue Me
Hartford Courant:
Two N.J. Casinos Sued Schlesinger Over Debts  —  When Alan Schlesinger gave a fake name while playing blackjack at Foxwoods in the early 1990s, he had already been sued over a gambling debt by one Atlantic City casino and was on the way to racking up an even bigger debt that led to a second lawsuit.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
In Connecticut, Bombshell Hits Schlesinger Campaign  —  The Hartford Courant sent a bunker bomb in to Connecticut Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Alan Schlesinger's flagging campaign today with revelations that the former legislator was successfully sued for thousands of dollars in casino debts he ran up in Atlantic City venues.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees a Step To Peace  —  President Bush's unwillingness to pressure Israel to halt its military campaign in Lebanon is rooted in a view of the Middle East conflict that is sharply different from that of his predecessors.  —  When hostilities have broken out in the past …
Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
Bush woos NAACP  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush, making his first personal appearance before the NAACP as president, promised Thursday to sign a long-awaited renewal of the Voting Rights Act.  —  But it is the renewal of the president's own frayed relations with the African-American community …
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Voting Rights Act Extension Passes In Senate, 98 to 0
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Michael J. Berlin / Washington Post:
A Secret the Media Kept  —  Toward the end of 1979, hundreds of American and Canadian journalists and news organizations got hold of a dynamite news story that would have made personal reputations and careers and sent circulation or broadcast ratings soaring.  The facts were confirmed, unassailably.
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Top-Secret World Loses Blogger  —  CIA Contractor Is Fired When Internal Post Crosses the Line  —  Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, considered her blog a success within the select circle of people who could actually access it.  —  Only people with top-secret security clearances …
Media Matters for America:
Third time's not the charm: Sunday-morning talk shows still imbalanced … On February 14, Media Matters for America released a comprehensive study analyzing the guest appearances on ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, and NBC's Meet the Press from 1997 through 2005.
Josh Manchester / TCS Daily:
Shaken and Stirred  —  The US invasion of Iraq has so shaken and stirred the Middle East that some exceptionally strange things are happening.  More importantly, these things unequivocally favor the US in influencing the outcome of the Israeli-Hezbollah War now taking place in Lebanon.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
Despite Ties to Hamas, Militants Aren't Following Political Leaders  —  JABALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza, July 20 — Five men in black hoods emerged from a dimly lighted street of stark concrete houses and garbage-strewn lots.  With Israeli drones buzzing overhead, they kept the meeting short.
First arrests in Mumbai bombings  —  Police in India have arrested three men in connection with a series of bombings that killed more than 180 people in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) last week.  —  The police have detained more than 300 suspects but these are the first arrests in the case.
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:
Israel calls up troops, warns Lebanese  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel called up reserve troops Friday and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon, as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone.  —  Hezbollah militants fired at least 11 rockets …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Juan / Informed Comment:
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White House Shifts Tack on Tribunals
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Michelle Malkin:
MESSAGE TO OUR TROOPS  —  Dear American Marines, sailors, soldiers, and airmen:
Discussion: Power Line and Blogs of War
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Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Pentagon OKs $6 bln in arms sales to Saudi Arabia
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