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2:50 PM ET, August 7, 2006


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Reuters withdraws all photos by Lebanese freelance  —  Source: Reuters  —  LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah.
Martin Peretz / Opinion Journal:
Lieberman  —  The "peace" Democrats are back.  It's a dream come true for Karl Rove.  —  We have been here before.  Left-wing Democrats are once again fielding single-issue "peace candidates," and the one in Connecticut, like several in the 1970s, is a middle-aged patrician …
Associated Press:
Lieberman shows signs cutting into Lamont lead, poll shows  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, fighting for his political survival, appears to be cutting into challenger Ned Lamont's lead the day before Connecticut's Democratic primary election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
New York Times:
Lieberman Explains His Stance on Iraq  —  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman directly confronted the anger roiling the Democratic Party over Iraq yesterday, making a last-ditch attempt to explain his support for the war and to win back doubting voters in Connecticut before the state primary election tomorrow.
Eric Heyl /
Ney drops out of fall race  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Entangled in the scandals involving former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, embattled U.S. Rep. Robert Ney is ending his re-election bid.  —  Although Ney had vowed to stay in the race even if he is indicted, the Ohio Republican decided last week to bow out.
Joe Danborn / ABCNEWS:
Senator: Bob Ney Won't Seek Re-Election
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Jesselee / The Stakeholder:
OH-18: Down Goes Ney
Discussion: Swing State Project and MyDD
Joe Danborn / Associated Press:
Rep. Bob Ney won't seek re-election
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Rep. Bob Ney Will Not Seek Reelection
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
14 Hezbollah fighters killed in heavy exchanges of fire with IDF ground troops  —  Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed 14 Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon combat early on Monday.  —  Infantry troops from the Nahal Brigade encountered a Hezbollah cell in the village of Houla and a fierce gun battle broke out.   Airstrike kills 40 says Lebanon PM
Brett Arends / Boston Herald:
Hatin' on Hillary: N.H. Dems lambaste Clinton  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - Dick Bennett has been polling New Hampshire voters for 30 years.  And he's never seen anything like it.  —  "Lying b**** . . . shrew . . . Machiavellian . . . evil, power-mad witch . . . the ultimate self-serving politician."
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bush: Civil War this, civil war that...  Who are you going to believe me, or your lying eyes?  —Groucho Marx  —  An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month-NY Times  —  Video-WMP Video-QT later  —  BUSH: My attitude is that a young democracy has been born quite quickly.
New York Times:
A Disciplined Hezbollah Surprises Israel With Its Training, Tactics and Weapons  —  On Dec. 26, 2003, a powerful earthquake leveled most of Bam, in southeastern Iran, killing 35,000 people.  Transport planes carrying aid poured in from everywhere, including Syria.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SPEECHLESS  —  When it comes to media bias, I'm a hard guy to surprise.  That the Washington Post often sees the world in topsy-turvy terms, I take as a given.  Nevertheless, the exchange between Howard Kurtz and Post reporter Tom Ricks, on yesterday's Reliable Sources, leaves me speechless:
Kirstin Downey / Washington Post:
Feeling Unwelcome, Some Gays Vacate Virginia  —  November Ballot Ban Helps Fuel Migration  —  Edel Quinones lived in Virginia for 10 years, but early this year, he sold his Arlington townhouse to move to the District.  —  "It felt like I wasn't welcome anymore," he said.
New York Times:
Iraq Incident Was Fueled by Whiskey, G.I. Says  —  One of the soldiers accused in the rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of the girl and her family said the incident took place after a morning of cards and whisky, when a member of his unit began pestering the group to kill some Iraqis …
Angela K. Brown / Associated Press:
Sheehan Resumes Protest Near Bush Ranch  —  A year after her first war protest in President Bush's adopted hometown attracted thousands and reinvigorated the nation's peace movement, Cindy Sheehan resumed her vigil Sunday.  —  Under the blazing Texas sun, Sheehan and more than 50 demonstrators again marched …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Arab World Finds Icon in Leader of Hezbollah  —  The success or failure of any cease-fire in Lebanon will largely hinge on the opinion of one figure: Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, who has seen his own aura and that of his party enhanced immeasurably by battling the Israeli Army for nearly four weeks.
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Addressing the country's health care taboo
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Peter Brown / Real Clear Politics:
The Partisan Divide Over Iraq
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Kennedy: Jury's Out on U.S. Democracy
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What is Joe up to now?  —  Team Joementum is up to something.
Joel Mowbray / Washington Times:
White washing Islamists
Antonio Castaneda / Associated Press:
U.S. troops endure 125 degrees in Iraq
Kevin Woster / Rapid City Journal:
Thune not seeking GOP job
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Favorite People On The Right (2006 Edition)
Discussion: BitsBlog and Say Anything
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
The Specialist  —  Watching the film An Inconvenient Truth was an odd experience.
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Democrats mum on 'corruption'
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Is It the Drunk or the Drink Doing the Talking?
Pamela Constable / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, a Crackdown on Imported Pleasures
Discussion: The Big Pharaoh
Scott Michels / US News:
For Gays, New Math  —  Rethinking tactics after a series of setbacks nationwide
Siobhan Gorman / Baltimore Sun:
NSA risking electrical overload