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2:55 PM ET, July 25, 2006


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Yoav Stern / Reuters:
Hezbollah envoy in Iran says will leave 'no place' safe for Israelis  —  The Hezbollah representative in Iran struck a defiant tone Monday, warning that his militant group plans to widen its attacks on Israel until "no place" is safe for Israelis.  —  "We are going to make Israel not safe for Israelis.
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Gaza groups ready to deal on cease-fire, release of Shalit
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Troops hurt in Maroun al-Ras clashes
New York Post:
Discussion: Argghhh!
PM Olmert: Israel determined to continue fight against Hezbollah
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Democrats' Plan Focuses on Middle Class  —  Sen. Clinton Presents Domestic Agenda Featuring Tax Breaks and Tuition Help  —  DENVER, July 24 — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) accused Republicans under President Bush of economic mismanagement and favoring the rich here on Monday …
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
Clinton Releases Proposals to Help the Middle Class  —  DENVER, July 24 — With divisions in the Democratic Party on full display nationwide, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to stake out the center here on Monday, issuing a broad policy platform geared toward helping middle-class voters …
Chris Bowers / MyDD:
Why People Don't Think Democrats Believe What They Say  —  The habit of the Democratic Party to kill itself via self-referential meta-talk was on full display at the DLC meeting yesterday.  Tell me if you can find what is wrong with the message coming out of the conference.  From the Mercury News:
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   Optimistic Democrats hone a centrist message
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:   Bill Clinton's Image Now More Positive Than Hillary Clinton's
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
It's Disproportionate. . .  Just my luck.  I go away on vacation and it happens to be the week when George W. Bush's strategic view of the current world situation is revealed: Russia big.  China big, too.  World leaders boring.  Lady world leaders need neck rub.  Terrorism bad.
Richard Cohen / Real Clear Politics:
A Proportionate Response is Madness  —  If by chance you have the search engine LexisNexis and you punch in the words "Israel'' and "disproportionate,'' you run the risk of blowing up your computer or darkening your entire neighborhood.  Just limiting the search to newspapers and magazines …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: 'Day of rage' against Rice visit  —  Palestinians are calling for a general strike in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to protest US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the region scheduled for later this week, accusing Washington of backing Israel's military campaigns against Hamas and Hizbullah.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Top Iraqi's White House Visit Shows Gaps With U.S.  —  Iraqis buried their dead Monday from another suicide bombing.  Prime Minister Maliki has tried without success to end such violence.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 24 — When Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki visits the White House on Tuesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Iraqi Leader, Bush to Discuss Security
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
For One Senate Candidate, the 'R' Is a 'Scarlet Letter'  —  The candidate, immersed in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, sat down to lunch yesterday with reporters at a Capitol Hill steakhouse and shared his views about this year's political currents.
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
50 percent of U.S. says Iraq had WMDs  —  Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 — up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds.  Pollsters deemed the increase both "substantial" and "surprising" …
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Nice Rats, Nasty Rats: Maybe It's All in the Genes  —  On an animal-breeding farm in Siberia are cages housing two colonies of rats.  In one colony, the rats have been bred for tameness in the hope of mimicking the mysterious process by which Neolithic farmers first domesticated an animal still kept today.
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill  —  #1 Michelle Persaud, 27  —  Staff counsel  —  Michelle Persaud's delicate features burst into a smile as she describes the mistake many men make with her.  —  Seeing her dark eyes and mocha skin, her flowing black tresses and expansive lashes …
Andrew Norfolk / Times of London:
Despair as forced marriages stay legal  —  A police chief accuses the Government of abandoning young women to a life of violence  —  THE lives of young women might be ruined by the Government's failure to make forced marriages illegal, a senior police officer has warned.
Joseph Carroll / Gallup:
Bush Job Approval at 37%  —  Similar to 37% average rating for all of June  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds 37% of Americans approving of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 59% disapproving.  Despite many extraordinary events dominating the news over the past weeks …
Robert J. Elisberg / The Huffington Post:
A Summer Snow Job: The Strange Case of Stem Cell Murder  —  So, let's see, Tony Snow - spokesman for the President - said that Mr. Bush "strongly considers" stem cell research "murder."  And repeatedly used the "murder" charge.  But now, apparently, Mr. Snow says he was "overstating" the President's position.
Judd / Think Progress:
Cliff May: National Review Bloggers Are 'Fighting a War' That Is 'Equally Consequential' To U.S. Troops in Combat  —  On Friday, the National Review's Katherine Jean Lopez wrote a rather innocuous review of the new Oliver Stone movie, World Trade Center.  Lopez wrote the movie was "about why we fight."
Iran threatens response if Syria attacked  —  Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel can't deal with our capabilities' Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel can't deal with our capabilities; Lebanon war beginning of end of Israel'
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
From Planning to Warfare to Occupation, How Iraq Went Wrong  —  The title of this devastating new book about the American war in Iraq says it all: "Fiasco."  That is the judgment that Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post, passes on the Bush administration's decision …
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New York Times:
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Massive blackout continues in St. Louis
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