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3:45 AM ET, August 8, 2006


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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 …
Discussion: The Reaction and PrairiePundit
New York Times:
Cease-Fire Draft at U.N. Falters Amid Arab Criticism
Discussion: LiberalOasis and The Corner
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. … Oh, so folks who are unhappy with Lieberman are soft …
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.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Republicans' Best Hope?  Stop Imitating Democrats: Kevin Hassett  —  Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) — The political mood in Washington changed dramatically last week.  —  Republicans moped around town like has-beens, mumbling that defeat in November is looking more and more likely.
Discussion: Economist's View
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."
Washington Post:
House Incumbents at Risk, Poll Finds
Discussion: Amygdala
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.
Exposure to Degrading Versus Nondegrading Music Lyrics and Sexual …
Discussion: On Deadline and Hit and 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.
Confederate Yankee:
Shaking the Dead  —  Not a PhotoShop, but quite obviously staged for Reuters cameraman Ali Hashisho's benefit, adding drama to the already dramatic picture of a hand protruding from the rubble.  Pay special attention to the section of concrete-reinforcing iron rebar just over the victim's hand.
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 …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah UAV shot down off Haifa coast  —  F-16 fighter jets shot down a Hizbullah Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Monday night 10 kilometers off the coast of Acre.  A high-ranking IAF officer said that it was possible that the UAV was loaded with explosives and was on its way to crash into a sensitive installation in northern Israel.
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 …
Judd / Think Progress:
Bush Dismisses Generals' Concerns: 'I Hear People Say, Well, Civil War This, Civil War That'  —  Last week, Gen. John Abizaid, the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, raised the prospect that Iraq could be sliding toward civil war.  Abizaid said, "I believe that the sectarian violence …
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: Daniel W. Drezner and Rantingprofs
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New York Times:
Massive Manatee Is Spotted in Hudson River
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Discussion: Daily Kos and PinkDome
Spitzer Expands Lead Over Faso to 53 Points; Beats Faso by 11 …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Just once, let them fight till someone loses
Discussion: Cold Fury
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Lieberman's Last Minute Donations
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Memo: What Motivates The Republican Base
Discussion: Redstate and AMERICAblog
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Texas GOP asks Scalia help on DeLay
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Number of Black Lobbyists Remains Shockingly Low
Kidnapper: I was sent to stop rescue force
Los Angeles Times:
Civilian Killings Went Unpunished
Greg Gutfeld / The Huffington Post:
A Post on Fear, Fearlessness, and Fear of Fearlessness (Part One)
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Kennedy: Jury's Out on U.S. Democracy