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5:05 PM ET, August 2, 2006


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Jane Hamsher / The Huffington Post:
On the Ground with Lamont/Lieberman  —  E.J. Dionne repeats a piece of conventional wisdom that irks the hell out of me every time I hear it - if Lieberman loses the primary and runs as an independent it will distract everyone from the true villain, the GOP, and therefore we should just give him a pass.
Little Green Footballs:
Lieberman in Blackface at Huffington Post  —  You've got to be kidding me.  Currently featured at Huffington Post: Jane Hamsher: On the Ground with Lamont/Lieberman.  (Hat tip: Delvin.)  —  Accompanied by this picture:  —  UPDATE at 8/2/06 1:46:30 pm:  —  The picture has now been removed …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Lieberman Plans for Loss Next Week
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
Ralph Blumenthal / New York Times:
Evolution Opponents Lose Kansas Board Majority  —  Kansas voters on Tuesday handed power back to moderates on the State Board of Education, setting the stage for a return of science teaching that broadly accepts the theory of evolution, according to preliminary election results.
Evolution's foes lose ground in Kansas
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Evolution opponents lose control of Kansas school board
New York Times:
U.S. Insists Cease-Fire Must Await Plan to Disarm Hezbollah  —  The United States firmly reiterated its position on Tuesday that there can be no cease-fire in the Middle East until there is a solid plan in place to disarm Hezbollah.  —  "The United States is working for a cease-fire …
Frank J. Gaffney / Opinion Journal:
One War  —  In its war on terror, the U.S. would never accept …
Jeff Horrigan / Boston Herald:
Sox standout Lowell: Castro killed my kin  —  Charging Fidel Castro with the deaths of his relatives, Cuban-American Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell declared last night: "I hope he does die."  —  Castro's health:  —  "Castro killed members of my family," Lowell told the Herald …
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Castro Is 'Stable,' but His Illness Presents Puzzle  —  Cuba remained wrapped in uncertainty over Fidel Castro's health after a statement read on state television offered few details.  Above, a Castro poster in Havana.  —  Cuba was wrapped in uncertainty on Tuesday, as the Communist government released …
Discussion: Sirotablog and Daniel W. Drezner
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Hill fries free to be French again  —  The fries on Capitol Hill are French again.  —  So is the breakfast toast in the congressional cafeterias, with both fries and toast having been liberated from the appellation "freedom."  —  Three years after House Republicans trumpeted the new names …
Associated Press:
Source: Haditha evidence implicates Marines  —  Investigators reportedly finish initial review in deaths of 24 civilians  —  WASHINGTON - Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children …
Josh White / Washington Post:
Marine Names Murtha in Defamation Suit
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon  —  Allegations Brought to Inspectors General  —  Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort …
Keith Epstein /
Ex-Aide: Harris Hid Subpoena  —  More from this channel:  —  This feature requires the Macromedia Flash Plugin.  Please visit getflashplayer to download this plugin.  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris received a grand jury subpoena …
Associated Press:   Ex-aide says Harris hid subpoena
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
An Image Popular in Films Raises Some Eyebrows in Ads  —  At 200 pounds plus — most of that pure attitude — she is hard to miss.  —  Her onscreen presence takes on many variations, but she is easily recognizable by a few defining traits.  Other than her size, she is almost always black.
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Hezbollah fires record number of rockets  —  BEIT HILLEL, Israel - Hezbollah launched its deepest strikes yet into Israel on Wednesday, firing a record number of more than 190 rockets.  An Israeli-American was killed as he fled for home by bicycle, and a stray rocket hit the West Bank for the first time.
Iran frees bin Laden son: newspaper  —  Iran has freed a son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from house arrest, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday.  —  Die Welt said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard released Saad bin Laden on July 28 with the aim of sending him to the Syria-Lebanon border.
Roger Kimball / Armavirumque:
'Potentially incendiary' at the Brooklyn Public Library  —  This spring, in my capacity as publisher of Encounter Books, I had the honor to publish Melanie Phillips's book Londonistan, a brilliant, but also harrowing, look at the ways in which radical Islam has established itself in England.
Man killed on kibbutz near Nahariya as record number of rockets slam into north  —  An Israeli man was killed Wednesday when a Katyusha struck Kibbutz Saar, north of Nahariya, as Hezbollah marked the resumption of strikes on northern Israel with a record number of some 210 rockets.
Bush Grants Self Permission To Grant More Power To Self  —  WASHINGTON, DC—In a decisive 1-0 decision Monday, President Bush voted to grant the president the constitutional power to grant himself additional powers.  —  "As president, I strongly believe that my first duty as president …
Neil Modie / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
McGavick sued over Safeco payout  —  Retirement package of $28.4 million illegal, shareholder action says  —  A prominent Seattle lawyer and a scion of a prominent Seattle family are suing a prominent politician — U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick — over his lucrative retirement package from a prominent Seattle company, Safeco.
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
GOP Donors Funded Entire PA Green Party Drive  —  OK, we've done it.  We've nailed it down: Every single contributor to the Pennsylvania Green Party Senate candidate is actually a conservative — except for the candidate himself.  —  The Luzerne County Green Party raised $66,000 in the month …
Discussion: PBD and The News Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Lieberman Question  —  If I were a Democrat, I'd support Joe Lieberman next week.  I don't believe the agenda of Ned Lamont will help either the U.S. or the Democrats.  But, then, I'm not a Democrat.  At this point, I'd best be described as a conservative independent.
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
William Wallis / Financial Times:
Fighting 'has sunk hope of a free Lebanon'  —  Walid Jumblatt, leader of the most powerful clan in Lebanon's Druze community, said on Tuesday the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas had dealt a fatal blow to Lebanese hopes of a strong independent state, free of Iranian and Syrian influence.
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
Court Hands New York Times a Setback in Miller Case
Media Matters for America:
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Jerusalem Post:
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