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Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

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What good is a democracy without fair and clean elections?  In this piece for Tom Paine, Art Levine looks ahead to the November vote, and explains ways concerned Americans can protect it.

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Brits and Bush Divided on Lebanon

According to The Times (of London), British officials dispute the effectiveness of Israel?s bombing campaign and warn of a potential backlash.

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Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via BoingBoing.net)

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Lamont in a Dead Heat With Lieberman

Connecticut businessman and teacher Ned Lamont has pulled into a dead heat with Sen. Joe Lieberman, according to a Quinnipiac poll.
That is unbelievable momentum, and should erase any doubt about Lamont’s viability.

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Annan: Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah Must Stop

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded a cease-fire while also condemning Hezbollah and attacking Israel for “excessive use of force.” The European Union made similar demands for a cessation of violence and pledged 10 million euros in aid. Bombed-out roads in southern Lebanon are hampering aid efforts.

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Iraqi PM Condemns Israel

In yet another awkward turn of events for the Bush administration, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki denounced Israel’s actions in Lebanon.

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Lebanon “Torn to Shreds”

Fouad Siniora, the Lebanese prime minister, called for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah and announced that more than 300 people had been killed in his country during the week of attacks. Twenty-nine Israelis have been killed since the fighting began.

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Does Al Qaeda in Iraq Have a Leader?

According to a prominent Cairo lawyer, the man identified by the U.S. as the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq has been in an Egyptian prison for seven years. More details from the BBC on this murky story.

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Paying for Being Poor

A new study by the Brookings Institution found that the urban poor pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year in extra costs for necessities, such as car insurance, home appliances, banking fees and other basics. (NYT link)

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