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10:45 PM ET, July 31, 2006


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Reuven Koret / Israel Insider:
Hezbollywood?  Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged  —  It was to be a perfect Hollywood ending for Hezbollah.  Just as the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana in 1996 brought a premature end to Israel's Operation "Grapes of Wrath," so too a sequel of Qana II could change …
Confederate Yankee:
Were the Qana Bodies Staged?  —  These questions and others are beginning to mount as the discrepancies in Hezbollah's versions of events start to fall apart: … Assuredly, Hezbollah's supporters will accuse those questioning the Qana attacks as conspiracy theorists, so I simply advise …
Richard / EU Referendum:
Who is this man?  —  If he had been a genuine rescue worker, he would deserve a medal.  Mr "Green Helmet" is everywhere at Qana, rushing around pulling children out of the rubble, carting them to ambulances and even, on the front page of the Guardian, escorting "White Tee-shirt" …
New York Times:
Israel Vows to Press Ahead With Offensive
Discussion: Haaretz
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
The Next Steps With Iran  —  Negotiations Must Go Beyond the Nuclear Threat to Broader Issues  —  The world's attention is focused on the fighting in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, but the context leads inevitably back to Iran.  Unfortunately, the diplomacy dealing with that issue is constantly outstripped by events.
France says Iran is respected, stabilizing force in Middle East  —  Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday, during a visit to Lebanon.  —  "It was clear that we could never accept …
William Branigin / Washington Post:   U.N. Resolution Sets Iran Deadline
Bill Brubaker / Washington Post:
Democrats Unite on Iraq Withdrawal Demands  —  Twelve Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have urged President Bush in a strongly worded letter to begin withdrawing the 130,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end, a sign that Democrats may be uniting on a key election-year issue that has divided the party.
Dear Mr. President, Simply Staying the Course in Iraq is Not Working  —  Washington, DC—With violence exploding in Iraq, there is little evidence that the Bush Administration and Congressional Republicans have a coherent strategy to stabilize Iraq.  Thousands have been killed in sectarian …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Leaders in Iraq Strongly Rebuke Israel
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Ctblogger / ConnecticutBLOG:
Lieberman's shameless race baiting flyer (and a few words)  —  Here's the racist flyer from team Joementum that everyone is dying to see.  Read it and puke.  —  Front side:  —  Back side:  —  Now on the back side, notice the key race baiting phrase "He didn't pay as much attention to race...until he got into the sente race"
Colin McEnroe / Salon:
How Joe went wrong
Discussion: Firedoglake and ConnecticutBLOG
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
I'll Take "Vote Buying on $60 a Day"
Discussion: Sirotablog and Taylor Marsh
John Solo / Associated Press:
Gitmo Guards Often Attacked by Detainees  —  The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.
R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Appeals court hears from lawyers in DeLay ballot battle  —  NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals panel indicated today that the ability of Republicans to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Delay on the ballot rests on whether there was "conclusive" evidence that he had moved to Virginia.
New York Times:
Men Not Working, and Not Wanting Just Any Job  —  ROCK FALLS, Ill. — Alan Beggerow has stopped looking for work.  Laid off as a steelworker at 48, he taught math for a while at a community college.  But when that ended, he could not find a job that, in his view, was neither demeaning nor underpaid.
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Fla. Republicans won't back Rep. Harris  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The state Republican Party bluntly told Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record) that she couldn't win this fall's Senate election and that the party wouldn't support her campaign, a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press shows.
Argus Leader:
Statewide poll: Without key exceptions, more South Dakotans oppose abortion ban  —  Amid the often hostile rhetoric that pierces South Dakota's closely watched abortion debate, a new survey shows that more residents of the largely conservative state oppose a ban on the pregnancy-ending procedure …
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
AMATEUR HOUR  —  On the Internet, everybody is a millenarian.  Internet journalism, according to those who produce manifestos on its behalf, represents a world-historical development—not so much because of the expressive power of the new medium as because of its accessibility to producers and consumers.
Discussion: BuzzMachine, LA Observed and Gawker
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Passing Down the Legacy of Conservatism  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Headed for what she called "conservative boot camp," Christina Pajak grabbed the essentials: dress sandals, her Bible and "The Politics of Prudence" by Russell Kirk, the celebrated writer who a half-century ago gave the conservative movement its name.
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