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10:00 AM ET, July 28, 2006


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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Tide of Arab Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah  —  DAMASCUS, Syria, July 27 — At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight.
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Making Enemies  —  Hamas and Hizbullah should not be confused with Al Qaeda.  Bush's insistence on doing so shows his failure to understand his foes.  —  July 26, 2006 - Reading "Fiasco," Thomas Ricks's devastating new book about the Iraq war, brought back memories for me.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and The Agonist
Hezbollah was using UN post as 'shield'  —  Canadian wrote of militia's presence, 'necessity' of bombing  —  Joel Kom, with files from Steven Edwards, CanWest News Service, The Ottawa Citizen  —  The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed …
IAF knocks out Hezbollah missile command in Tyre  —  The Israel Air Force on Thursday scored a successful direct hit against Hezbollah's missile command center deployed in Tyre, which has been primarily responsible for targeting Haifa and its surroundings.  The regional command center …
Lin Noueihed / Reuters:   Oil spill adds ecological crisis to Lebanon's agony
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Pander and Run  —  After years of struggling to define their own approach to post-Sept. 11 foreign policy, Democrats seem finally to have hit on one.  It's called pandering.  In those rare cases when George W. Bush shows genuine sensitivity to America's allies and propounds a broader …
Democrats launch 'Six for '06' agenda
Discussion: Associated Press
Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
Why is being right or wrong on Iraq so irrelevant?
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Near a Vote to Increase U.S. Wage  —  WASHINGTON, July 27 — Under intense pressure from their moderate wing, House Republican leaders moved on Thursday toward allowing a vote Friday on an increase in the minimum wage before sending anxious lawmakers home for a month of campaigning in the battle for control of Congress.
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Congress to Adopt Scaled-Down Rules on Lobbying  —  Unable to agree on major lobbying and ethics legislation, Senate and House leaders have made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions of the measures as part of their rules so that lawmakers can claim that they responded to recent congressional scandals.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Simmering Rage Within the GOP
Warren Christopher / Washington Post:
A Time To Act  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's just-concluded trip to Lebanon, Israel and Rome was an exercise in grace, bravery and, to my regret, wrongly focused diplomacy.  Especially disappointing is the fact that she resisted all suggestions that the first order of business …
Stephen Collinson / Agence France Presse:
Rice has Mideast on her mind at Asian summit
Discussion: The Left Coaster and All Spin Zone
Jack Douglas Jr / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Sheehan buys plot in Crawford with son's insurance money  —  CRAWFORD — As President Bush prepares to spend some vacation time at his ranch here, not all is peaceful within the peace movement that has doggedly criticized his war policies for the past year.  —  The Gold Star Families for Peace …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Detainee Abuse Charges Feared  —  An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.
How critical is the Los Angeles Times' condition?  —  A picture, or better yet, a graph, is worth a thousand words.  —  As you can see, in 1970, nearly 1 out of 6 people living in the L.A. basin subscribed to the Los Angeles Times everyday.  While the population has multiplied almost 70% in the 35 years …
Execution of a teenage girl  —  A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran.  —  On 15 August, 2004, Atefah Sahaaleh was hanged in a public square in the Iranian city of Neka.
Washington Post:
Wife, Friend Tie Congressman to Consulting Firm  —  Company's Clients Say They Get Access to Va. Republican  —  Two months before Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) became chairman of the powerful House Government Reform Committee in January 2003, one of his close friends formed ICG Government …
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Poll: Johnson has lead over McKinney  —  A new poll by Insider Advantage shows challenger Hank Johnson with a hefty lead over incumbent Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic run-off for the 4th District congressional race.  —  The poll shows Johnson leading McKinney, 46 to 21 percent, with a third of voters undecided.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Hezbollah leader said to be hiding in Iranian Embassy  —  Intelligence reports indicate the leader of Hezbollah is hiding in a foreign mission in Beirut, possibly the Iranian Embassy, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.  —  Israeli military and intelligence forces are continuing to hunt …
Discussion: PAXALLES
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Jerusalem Post:
Iran denies giving aid to Hizbullah
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 Leader Threatens Attacks
James Glanz / New York Times:
Series of Woes Mar Iraq Project Hailed as Model
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Sergeant Tells of Plot to Kill Iraqi Detainees
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Las Vegas Makes It Illegal to Feed Homeless in Parks
Discussion: The News Blog
Genghis Conn / Connecticut Local Politics:
Ned Lamont Comes to Suffield
Aaron Klein / WorldNetDaily:
Iran testing Israel ahead of confrontation?
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Christians Fleeing Lebanon Denounce Hezbollah
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Discussion: Political Animal
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GE & NBC Universal resorts to using Nazism to promote MSNBC
Sen. Harry Reid / The Huffington Post:
A New Direction  —  In my home state of Nevada, in Reno …
Enrique Krauze / Washington Post:
Kidnapping Mexican Democracy
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Discussion: Say Anything
Bill Crawford / All Things Conservative:
IRAQ INDEX  —  The most recent Iraq Index from the Brookings Institute …
Spiegel Online:
Anger, Frustration and Humiliation Abound
Discussion: Hot Air
Billmon / Whiskey Bar:
A Blight Unto the Nations

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David Gilmour / Mediaite:
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