Thursday, July 13, 2006

Today's Details

-Israeli warplanes and gunboats struck a Palestinian guerrilla base 10 miles south of Beirut late Wednesday, Lebanese security officials said, in the closest raid to the Lebanese capital since fighting erupted in southern Lebanon after guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers. DETAILS

- The first newspaper to officially drop Coulter’s column since the latest uproar began seems to be The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she had appeared for about 14 months. Coulter’s incendiary book may have played an “indirect” role in the final decision. “I think it was the book that began to unwind support among her readers,” Neumann explained. "Liberals have never liked her, and we’ve always gotten complaints [from them]. But the complaints that mattered the most were from the conservative readers,” who felt that their views were being misrepresented. DETAILS

-White House political strategist Karl Rove touted "shared values" of faith and family and reiterated President Bush's support of broad immigration reform in a Los Angeles address Tuesday to one of the nation's largest Latino civil rights organizations.But he drew scattered boos when he highlighted Bush's recent approval of $1.9 billion in funding for more border security, including deployment of National Guard troops, and was disrupted twice by hecklers who unfurled antiwar and anti-Bush banners. DETAILS

-The militant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers along the Israel-Lebanon border Wednesday morning. Seven Israeli soldiers were killed during the attack and in military operations that followed. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the ambush of a military vehicle on the Israeli side of the border an "act of war" and said Hezbollah would pay a "heavy price," the Associated Press reported. The assault, in which three soldiers were killed, followed the June 25 capture by Palestinian gunmen of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip. DETAILS

-The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard testimony from Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel. When questioned by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on whether the President’s interpretation of the Hamdan case was right or wrong, Bradbury replied, “The President is always right.” (Guess he hasn't had a chance to read the Supreme Courts decision.) DETAILS/VIDEO

-President Vladimir Putin lashed out at Vice President Dick Cheney ahead of this weekend’s G-8 summit, calling his recent criticisms of Russia “an unsuccessful hunting shot,” according to a television interview being broadcast Wednesday. DETAILS

-The death toll from a series of bombs that struck Bombay's packed commuter trains rose Wednesday to 200, and India demanded that Pakistan dismantle the "infrastructure of terrorism," but leveled no direct accusation at its rival for the attacks. DETAILS

-Gunmen stormed a bus station Wednesday northeast of Baghdad, seizing 24 people and killing all but four of them, authorities said. An Iraqi general said the victims were Shiites, but police said their identities were unclear. DETAILS

-The U.S. nuclear envoy accused North Korea on Wednesday of refusing to cooperate in efforts to end the uproar over its missile and nuclear programs — a sign that Pyongyang had rebuffed lobbying by ally China. DETAILS

-Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, whose campaign for Georgia lieutenant governor has been clouded by questions over his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is promoting himself as the candidate with "stronger values." DETAILS

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