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12:50 PM ET, August 16, 2006


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John Kifner / New York Times:
Hezbollah Leads Work to Rebuild, Gaining Stature  —  As stunned Lebanese returned Tuesday over broken roads to shattered apartments in the south, it increasingly seemed that the beneficiary of the destruction was most likely to be Hezbollah.  —  A major reason — in addition to its hard-won reputation …
Condoleezza Rice / Washington Post:
A Path To Lasting Peace  —  For the past month the United States has worked urgently to end the violence that Hezbollah and its sponsors have imposed on the people of Lebanon and Israel.  At the same time, we have insisted that a truly effective cease-fire requires a decisive change from the status quo that produced this war.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Israel threatens to resume war if Hizbullah refuses to disarm  —  The IDF will have to resume operations in Lebanon if the expanded United Nations force being assembled does not fulfill its obligation to dismantle Hizbullah, an official in the Prime Minister's Office warned on Tuesday.
Reuters:   Israel pullout to stop if Lebanon army does not deploy
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:   U.N. Peace Efforts Threatened
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem angst escalates  —  A group of Senate Democrats is growing increasingly angry about Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-Conn.) campaign tactics since he lost the Democratic primary last week.  —  If he continues to alienate his colleagues, Lieberman could be stripped of his seniority within …
The Real Winner in Lebanon  —  The success of the ceasefire in Lebanon hinges on a condition that Lebanon and Hizbollah both insist will not happen.  Hizbollah is supposed to disarm, but says bluntly that it will not do so.  The Lebanese government says it will not force Hizbollah to disarm.
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Matt Moore / Associated Press:
British Seek to Keep Suspects in Custody  —  British investigators headed to a closed-door hearing Wednesday to argue that suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners should be kept in custody without charge.  Meanwhile, Home Secretary John Reid …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Alleged UK Terror Plot  —  So far, no one has been charged in the alleged terror plot to blow up several airplanes across the Atlantic.  No evidence has been produced supporting the contention that such a plot was indeed imminent.  Forgive me if my skepticism just ratcheted up a little notch.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: London-to-DC flight diverted due to "dangerous situation" on board (Update: Note referencing Al Qaeda?)  —  The plane's on the runway in Boston now; passengers are being offloaded.  Details are sketchy, but Fox said there were three "suspicious" people onboard who confronted the crew …
Brooke Donald / Associated Press:
Disturbance Diverts London-D.C. Flight
New York Times:
Bush Said to Be Frustrated by Level of Public Support in Iraq  —  President Bush made clear in a private meeting this week that he was concerned about the lack of progress in Iraq and frustrated that the new Iraqi government — and the Iraqi people — had not shown greater public support …
Ned Lamont / Opinion Journal:
The Democrats Mean Business  —  Washington needs an entrepreneurial approach.  —  In the past week, my victory in the Connecticut Senate primary has been labeled everything from the death knell of the Democratic Party to the signal of our party's rebirth.  Beneath all of this punditry …
Washington Post:
Allen on Damage Control After Remarks to Webb Aide  —  Sen. George Allen on Tuesday sought to contain the political damage from remarks he made to a Fairfax County man that dredged up charges of racial insensitivity — allegations that have dogged him for years as governor, senator and now presidential hopeful.
Jamie Holly / Crooks and Liars:
Scarborough: "Is Bush An 'Idiot'?"  —  Joe Scarborough started his program tonight asking the question "is Bush an idiot?"  (Is that really debatable?).  Not only did he do a great run down of clips involving some of the most famous "Bushisms", but he did have an interesting conversation …
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
Just a Gigolo  —  In the go-go '90s, George Allen sat on the board of a Virginia tech company.  Now, the company faces several class-action suits and an SEC insiders probe.  —  The late 1990s were heady times for technology companies in Virginia.  The future looked bright …
Lance Mannion:
The king is a fink!  —  Ann Coulter is not the Lone Haranguer riding bravely through the night to yell up at the castle, "The king is a fink!"  —  She works for the fink.  —  Coulter is a wholly-owned subsidy of the Republican Right, stamped with the Karl Rove seal of approval.
Nicholas Bakalar / New York Times:
Coffee as a Health Drink?  Studies Find Some Benefits  —  Coffee is not usually thought of as health food, but a number of recent studies suggest that it can be a highly beneficial drink.  Researchers have found strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of several serious ailments …
Discussion: Donklephant and Amygdala
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Plame lawyer plans to force Cheney, Rove testimony  —  Source: Reuters  —  A lawyer plans to use a legal precedent that allowed President Bill Clinton to be sued while in office to force Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove to testify in a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband.
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