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3:40 PM ET, August 6, 2006


 Top Items: 
Reuters admits altering Beirut photo  —  Reuters withdraws photograph of Beirut after Air Force attack after US blogs, photographers point out 'blatant evidence of manipulation'  —  A Reuters photograph of smoke rising from buildings in Beirut has been withdrawn after coming under attack by American web logs.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
What You Need To Know About Diplomacy And Journalism In War  —  We have been granted a unique opportunity this morning to see the problem with double standards in diplomacy and journalism in war, especially a war that involves Israel and terrorists.  Earlier we recounted the utter idiocy …
Michelle Malkin:
Reutergate: "Picture kill"  —  The images of the day, thanks to the indefatigable Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs—arch-nemesis of the truth distorters at al-Reuters:  —  Reutered:  —  Corrected version:  —  Reuters' "correction," reported by, leaves some unanswered questions.
Associated Press:
Hezbollah rockets strike Israel's third-largest city, killing at least 1  —  HAIFA, Israel (AP) — A barrage of Hezbollah rockets crashed into Haifa on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding more than 30, officials said, in the heaviest attack on the port city since fighting …
Michelle Malkin:
Where there's smoke, there's Photoshop?  —  ***scroll for updates...a reminder about Reuters' news-gathering policy from the Reuters website: "Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services.
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Blowing Smoke (UPDATED)
Discussion: INDCJournal and Ace of Spades HQ
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: Roger Ailes and BitsBlog
Dan / Riehl World View:   Reuter's Photoshop Explained
New York Times:
Hezbollah Rocket Kills 12 in Deadliest Blow to Israel  —  A Hezbollah rocket killed 12 Israeli soldiers today in the deadliest single blow to Israel in nearly a month of fighting, while Israel again pounded Lebanon with airstrikes, killing at least 16 people in another intense …
Discussion: TPMCafe blogs and Israel Matzav
Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
11 killed in rocket attack near Kiryat Shmona  —  (VIDEO) Ten Israelis killed after being hit by Katyusha rocket near Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, another man dies of his wounds in hospital; one person critically wounded, three seriously injured in attack.  Northern Command chief …
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Hezbollah Rockets Kill 10 in Israel
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Conn. Race Could Be Democratic Watershed  —  Loss by Lieberman May Embolden Critics of War  —  The passion and energy fueling the antiwar challenge to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in Connecticut's Senate primary signal a power shift inside the Democratic Party that could reshape the politics …
Courtney McLeod / Hartford Courant:
New Voters, Unaffiliated Rush To Join Democrats
Discussion: MyDD
Matt / LieberDem:   Signing off  —  When I started this blog almost exactly one month ago …
Wathiq Khuzaie / MSNBC:
Exclusive: Iraq-Plans in Case of a Civil War  —  A Nation Divided: An Iraqi man is injured in a car bomb explosion  —  The Bush administration insists Iraq is a long way from civil war, but the contingency planning has already begun inside the White House and the Pentagon.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Advocates of 'proportion' are just unbalanced  —  "Disproportion" is the concept of the moment.  Do you know how to play?  Let's say 150 missiles are lobbed at northern Israel from the Lebanese village of Qana and the Israelis respond with missiles of their own that kill 28 people.
Omar Sinan / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 welcomes Egyptian group  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader said in a new videotape aired Saturday that an Egyptian militant group has joined the terror network.  —  It was the first time that al-Qaida has announced a branch in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation.
Al-Zawahiri: Egyptian militant group joins al Qaeda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Classified intelligence bills often are unread  —  Secret process can discourage House debate  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly all members of the House of Representatives opted out of a chance to read this year's classified intelligence bill, and then voted on secret provisions they knew almost nothing about.
Discussion: The Heretik and Crooks and Liars
Haifa: 3 killed in heavy rocket barrage  —  (VIDEO) After relatively quiet week, large number of rockets hit Haifa.  One rocket directly hits apartment building, causing it to collapse; body of one woman recovered.  Two people die of wounds in hospital; more than 30 wounded in attack
Discussion: Vital Perspective and
David Yonke / Toledo Blade:
Creation Museum puts biblical spin on Earth's history  —  PETERSBURG, Ky. - Steve McConaughy gets goose bumps when he tells people about the Creation Museum.  —  The $26.4-million facility will not open until spring, but the air-traffic controller from Toledo already has made nine pilgrimages to the suburban Cincinnati site.
Juan / Informed Comment:
One Ring to Rule Them  —  The wholesale destruction of all of Lebanon by Israel and the US Pentagon does not make any sense.  Why bomb roads, roads, bridges, ports, fuel depots in Sunni and Christian areas that have nothing to do with Shiite Hizbullah in the deep south?
Vital Perspective:
First Look at Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Hezbollah Situation  —  We've obtained a draft copy of the UN Security Council Resolution brokered by the U.S. and French sides on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon.  On balance, it sits well with us.  Now we wait to see what the full Council does with it this week.
Discussion: Power Line and Andrew Sullivan
Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Mideast war rages on despite UN peace resolution
Discussion: A Blog For All
Bernard-Henri Lévy / New York Times:
Pondering, Discussing, Traveling Amid and Defending the Inevitable War  —  When I arrived in Israel, it was the anniversary of the day the Spanish Civil War began.  It was 70 years ago that the Spanish generals set off the war — civil, ideological and international — that the fascist governments of the time wanted.
Discussion: Amygdala
Nico / Think Progress:
Gingrich: There Is An 'Insurgency' in CT Which Says 'Can't We Come Home And Hide?'  —  This morning on Fox News, Newt Gingrich claimed there is a "legitimate insurgency in Connecticut, which needs to be met head on," made up of people who say Iraq "is so hard, it is so frightening, it's so painful, can't we come home and hide?"
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