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1:05 PM ET, July 29, 2006


 Top Items: 
White House:
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom Participate in Press Availability  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you all.  Prime Minister Tony Blair, welcome back to the White House.  As you know, we've got a close relationship.  You tell me what you think.
New York Times:
Bush and Blair Push Plan to End Mideast Fighting  —  President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain said Friday that they would present a plan to end hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah at the United Nations next week as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed into an urgent round …
Washington Post:
Hezbollah Joins New Call for Cease-Fire  —  Plan Endorsed By Lebanon Differs From U.S. Approach  —  As fighting raged on in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah joined the Lebanese government in a peace proposal calling for an immediate cease-fire with Israel followed swiftly by a prisoner exchange …
Washington Post:
Rice: Hezbollah Comments a 'Positive Step'
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Tim Booth / Associated Press:
Gunman shoots 6 at Seattle Jewish center  —  SEATTLE - Patti Simon was working in the Jewish Federation's office when she heard screaming, gunshots and what sounded like furniture crashing on the floor above her.  She tried calling her co-workers upstairs, but no one answered, so she called police and fled.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
At least one killed during shooting at Seattle Jewish federation  —  At least five people were shot - one fatally - this afternoon at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle by a man a witness said was upset about "what was going on in Israel."  —  Police spokesman Rich Pruitt said there was one shooter …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Minimum Wage Hike Passed By House  —  The House last night voted to boost the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade while also permanently slashing the estate tax, a coupling that GOP leaders calculated might garner enough Senate support to become law.
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Big List Of Big Givers Bolsters Lieberman  —  Lamont Far Back In Fundraising  —  WASHINGTON — Every day a fax machine in a Senate office spits out lists of the latest big donors to the Democratic primary campaigns of Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont.  —  The Lieberman list is long …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Struggling Lieberman faces political abyss
Discussion: LamontBlog and New York Times
David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Lieberman Leans On Democrat Record
Discussion: Firedoglake and ConnecticutBLOG
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Leak of Classified Information Prompts Inquiry  —  A federal grand jury has begun investigating the leak of classified information about intelligence programs to the press and has subpoenaed a former National Security Agency employee who claims to have witnessed illegal activity while working at the agency.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and JustOneMinute
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Grand Jury Probes News Leaks at NSA  —  A federal grand jury in Alexandria is investigating unauthorized leaks of classified information and has issued a subpoena to a fired National Security Agency officer who has acknowledged talking with journalists about the agency's warrantless surveillance program …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Anne E. Kornblut / New York Times:
2008 May Test Clinton's Bond With McCain  —  Two summers ago, on a Congressional trip to Estonia, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton astonished her traveling companions by suggesting that the group do what one does in the Baltics: hold a vodka-drinking contest.  —  Delighted, the leader …
Gibson's Anti-Semitic Tirade — Alleged Cover Up  —  TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets.  TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.
Nell Henderson / Washington Post:
U.S. Economy Cools As Consumers Pull Back  —  The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the three months ended in June, expanding at less than half its pace earlier this year, as consumers and businesses hunkered down in response to climbing inflation and interest rates.
Tristero / Hullabaloo:
The Man Is Clear In His Mind, But His Soul Is Mad  —  Apparently, when John Podhoretz read Heart of Darkness he came to the conclusion that Kurtz had the right attitude: … In other words, as Kurtz memorably wrote, "Exterminate all the brutes."  And then Podhoretz asks: … Why yes, John, I can.
Discussion: The RBC and The Peking Duck
Jack Shafer / Slate:
How the New York Times Makes Local Papers Dumber  —  THAT'S ONLY A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION.  —  The New York Times is a force so great it could only be used for good or evil.  That is just one of many thoughts that came to me as I read the paper titled "The New York Times and the Market for Local Newspapers" …
Discussion: Don Surber, BuzzMachine, Attytood and Gawker
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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Bush Talks and Talks and Talks  —  Over at TPM, Josh referred …
Associated Press:
Iranian Leader Bans Usage of Foreign Words
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain
David Lawder / Reuters:
UN rights body urges D.C. vote in Congress
Discussion: TigerHawk
New York Times:
Housing Slows, Taking Big Toll on the Economy
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Letterman: Clinton responds to Coulter-parody
Paul / Wizbang:
ONE MORE THING...  (OK mantis, you're right, including this post it is 2 more things.)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Young backs McKinney
 Earlier Items: 
Globe and Mail:
A heartless killer as political pawn
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
An American Soldier's Perspective On Israel
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Monica Duffy Toft /
Is it a civil war, or isn't it?  —  There are objective characteristics …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Washington Post:
Signing Off  —  Presidential signing statements aren't a problem.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Chertoff hails end of let-go policy
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Do or Die Against Iraq's Death Squads
Discussion: Rantingprofs
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Danger  —  An email from Jerusalem: … This is a war Iran started.