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5:10 PM ET, July 31, 2006


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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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Israeli Strikes Resume After Brief Lull  —  JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon on Monday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt raids while investigating a bombing that killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians, mostly women and children seeking shelter.
Israel: No cease-fire in coming days  —  Hopes dim for quick end to Mideast crisis  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday there would be no cease-fire in the coming days to fighting between his nation's forces and Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia.
Discussion: MSNBC, NO QUARTER and Demagogue
Richard / EU Referendum:
Milking it?  —  For an update on this post, see here.
New York Times:   Israel Vows to Press Ahead With Offensive
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Ned Lamont's First Video Blog: Let's Talk About Iraq  —  Over the weekend Ned filmed his first video blog.  Since Joe Lieberman doesn't want to talk about his war in Iraq, I guess it's up to the rest of us.  —  If you think there is more to be said on the topic and things aren't going quite …
Henry / Crooked Timber:
Lieberman-Lamont and the blogs  —  Mark Schmitt has the best blog-overview of the Lieberman-Lamont race that I've seen so far. … There's just one thing that I'd add to this.  As Mark said in a previous post, the netroots aren't a critically important force on the ground in Connecticut …
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.
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.
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.
FACTBOX-Details of U.S. House estate tax, wage bill  —Text+July 29 (Reuters) - The following are details of a Republican-written bill to raise the minimum wage, cut taxes on inherited wealth and renew several expiring tax breaks for businesses and individuals.
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 …
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Schumer Says Bolton Won't Face Filibuster  —  A Democratic filibuster of John Bolton's nomination as United Nations ambassador is "unlikely," Senator Schumer said yesterday.  —  Mr. Schumer supported an effort last year to block Mr. Bolton's nomination from gaining a full Senate vote …
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
And Now, The Good News  —  The world seems aswirl.  Where do we stand today?  —  Let's use the analysis of bestselling author Thomas Barnett, who divides the world into a functioning "Core" (North America, Europe, East Asia, rising China and India) and a nonfunctional "Gap" (the Middle East …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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Michael Slackman / New York Times:
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I take it all back, too
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EXCLUSIVE: Gibson Skated Twice Before
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Pew Research Center:
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Juan / Informed Comment:
Sistani Threatens US over Israeli War on Lebanon
David Abel / Boston Globe:
Romney apologizes for use of expression
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