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7:30 AM ET, August 8, 2006


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John / AMERICAblog:
Lieberman says Connecticut voters who oppose him have forgotten September 11 and are soft on national security  —  How dare he.  —  Now Joe Lieberman is the only Democrat who apparently cares about national security.  Just ask him. … (Politics TV has the video.)
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Lieberman and Lamont Battle to the Wire  —  As Connecticut voters prepared for their highly anticipated Democratic primary today, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and Ned Lamont, the two rivals for United States Senate, used sharply different tactics yesterday to gain a final advantage in a contest that appeared to be tightening.
Washington Post:
House Incumbents at Risk, Poll Finds
Discussion: Amygdala
Hezbollah backs decision to deploy Lebanese army in south  —  Lebanon will deploy its army in the south of the country after the Israel Defense Forces' withdrawal from the area, the Lebanese cabinet agreed Monday night, in a decision supported by all the ministers present …
Lin Noueihed / Reuters:
Lebanon demands ceasefire  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister, choking back tears, demanded a "quick and decisive ceasefire" on Monday after an Israeli air raid that he said killed more than 40 civilians sheltering from fighting in a southern village.
Jerusalem Post:   Saniora reverses claim of 40 dead
Hotline On Call:
Lieberman Campaign Website Hacked?  —  At, the following message appears:  —  "This Account Is Under Construction"  —  According to Lieberman's campaign communications director, Marion Steinfels, "Yep, we've been hacked."  —  "There's a coordinated effort to overloaded …
Jeff Harrell / The Shape of Days:
A photojournalist weighs in on the Adnan Hajj scandal  —  Okay, we all know the facts by now.  Adnan Hajj, ex-photojournalist for Reuters, manipulated at least some of his photographs before submitting them to the wire service.  Hajj has been fired, and all of his photos have been removed …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A BRIDGE TOO WEIRD  —  The story of the day is Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj.  As I wrote earlier today, I think the most important issue here is not the faking of photographs, but the staging of photographs.  In that connection, reader Cathy Brooks has done a tremendous job of analyzing Hajj's photos.
Tim Arango / New York Post:
BUCK$ FOR BLOG: SOFTBANK PUTS $5M IN HUFF POST  —  A group led by venture capital firm Softbank is investing $5 million in the Huffington Post, an online news site and political blog owned by the pundit Arianna Huffington, The Post has learned.  —  The investment comes a little over a year …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
New Registration Rules Stir Voter Debate in Ohio  —  Brittnay Wanzo, left, signs her name for Tai Smith, a voter registration worker, in Cleveland on July 21.  Ms. Smith registered 15 voters that day.  —  CLEVELAND — For Tony Minor, the pastor of the Community of Faith Assembly in a run …
Steve Paulson / Salon:
The believer  —  As the longtime head of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is one of America's most visible scientists.  He holds impeccable scientific credentials — a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in physics — and has established a distinguished track record as a gene hunter.
Court told US troops gang-raped Iraqi girl  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. military court in Baghdad heard graphic testimony on Monday of how three U.S. soldiers took turns raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl before murdering her and her family.  —  At the hearing into whether four U.S. soldiers …
Associated Press:
Iraq PM criticizes U.S. on Shiite militia attack  —  Violence kills at least 30 across the country; gunbattles erupt in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister sharply criticized a U.S.-Iraqi attack Monday on a Shiite militia stronghold in Baghdad, breaking with his American partners …
New York Times:
Counterinsurgency, by the Book  —  AS we all know, war has changed.  In the 21st century it is dominated by irregular and unconventional ways of fighting.  Al Qaeda demonstrated this on 9/11, and the bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are only further corroboration.
Discussion: Rantingprofs and Daniel W. Drezner
Lindsey Tanner / Associated Press:
Sexual lyrics prompt teens to have sex  —  CHICAGO - Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.  —  Whether it's hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Just once, let them fight till someone loses  —  War is horrible.  It kills and maims and orphans the innocent along with the combatants, who themselves are not always there willingly.  It is to be avoided whenever possible.  —  (For instance, Lincoln had no right to invade the South …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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