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8:20 PM ET, July 28, 2006


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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 …
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Hezbollah rocket hits deeper into Israel  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah fired what it called a new kind of rocket, landing its deepest hit into northern Israel in 17 days of fighting.  Israeli authorities reported that five rockets hit fields outside the town of Afula, causing no casualties.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
'Disproportionate' in What Moral Universe?  —  What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?
Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah launches Iranian-made missile at Afula  —  After a number of Katyusha barrages hit northern Israel over the course of the morning, an Iranian-made Fajr-5 missile landed near Afula shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday.  This was the first time a missile of this type has been fired at Israel by Hizbullah.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
US 'outrage' over Israeli claims
Discussion: Blah3 Feed and PoliBlog
Vital Perspective:   New Map of Beirut Plus Southern Suburbs Negates Claims of Mass Destruction
Anshel Pfeffer / Jerusalem Post:
JPost reporter enters south Lebanon
Report: First contacts made between Israel, Hizbullah
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bush, Blair call for Mideast cease-fire  —  Multinational force proposed for southern Lebanon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Friday their support for a U.N. cease-fire resolution to end the Mideast crisis and a multinational force to stabilize southern Lebanon.
Discussion: Donklephant and Daniel W. Drezner
Washington Post:
President Bush, Tony Blair Hold a Joint News Conference  —  SPEAKERS: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES  —  TONY BLAIR, PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM  —  BUSH: Thank you all.  —  Prime Minister Tony Blair, welcome back to the White House.  As you know, we've got a close relationship.
Washington Post:
Bush, Blair to Seek U.N. Approval on International Force  —  Rice to Return to Mideast to Negotiate with Lebanon, Israel  —  President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced agreement today to seek a United Nations resolution next week that would send a multinational force …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
House GOP pressing vote on minimum wage  —  WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders, giving in to political reality, plan a vote to raise the $5.15 minimum wage before leaving Washington this weekend for a five-week recess.  —  "Whether people like it or not, we need to go ahead with it," …
Associated Press:
Minimum wage increase tied to tax cuts  —  House leadership couples bill to estate tax measure  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are willing to allow the first minimum wage increase in a decade but only if it's coupled with a cut in future inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, congressional aides said Friday.
Gateway Pundit:
John Bolton Embarrasses a Confused Senator Kerry (Video)  —  Ambassador John Bolton totally outclassed Senator John F. Kerry in the Senate hearings on Thursday,  —  Video HERE  —  John Kerry was really no match for UN Ambassador John Bolton: … Ouch!... It's pretty painful to watch.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Anchoress
Alan Dershowitz / Washington Times:
A public advocate for the United States  —  As a liberal Democrat, I listened carefully to the opposition voiced by many Democratic senators to the nomination of John Bolton as our chief representative to the United Nations.  Mr. Bolton has been representing us at the United Nations since August.
New York Times:
Utilities Pay Scientist Ally on Warming  —  WASHINGTON, July 27 — Coal-burning utilities are contributing money to one of the few remaining climate scientists openly critical of the broad consensus that fossil fuel emissions are intensifying global warming.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Blogageddon: Goldstein vs. Frisch, Ace vs. Paul from Wizbang (Update: Escalation!)  —  To recap, as Glenn Greenwald, Rick Ellensburg, Thomas Ellers, "Ellison," or "Wilson" might say:  —  1. Seixon receives intimidating e-mails from someone who may or may not be former CIA operative Larry Johnson …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Strange Comments from Eugene, Oregon
Emptywheel / The Next Hurrah:
Addington's Defense of Torture Continues to Crumble  —  I've read enough Kagro X posts to know to be skeptical that SCOTUS' Hamdan ruling against BushCo's will cause them to change their behavior.  Instead, I hope the Hamdan ruling will convince the individuals who carry out BushCo's torture …
Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:
Army Dismisses Gay Arabic Linguist  —  JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.
Discussion: and To the People
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 …
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.
Media Matters for America:
On MSNBC, Coulter called Gore a "total fag," while Matthews said "we'd love to have her back" … On the July 27 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews asked right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, "How do you know that [former President] Bill Clinton is gay?"
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