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California Heat Wave Kills More Than 130

California?s recent heat wave has caused the deaths of more than 130 people, officials believe.  Though temperatures have been cooling, they hovered around 115 degrees in some parts of the state earlier in the week.

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Israel Halts Attacks for 48 Hours

The move comes in the wake of its airstrike in the Lebanese village of Qana that killed at least 56 people, most of whom were women and children.

  • This is only a pause—a concession the U.S. extracted from Israel in the wake of withering international criticism. The Israeli attacks will likely continue apace for at least 10 more days, and perhaps more.
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    Chris Matthews: We Created ‘Frankenstein’ Shiite Monster in Mideast

    Chris Matthews said at the conclusion of his Sunday morning talk show: “Our brave soldiers have fought, died and been dismembered in Iraq only to connect the disparate pieces of Shia radicalism into a Frankenstein monster that has come to life right there on our TV screens.”

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    N.Y. Times Endorses Lamont

    Giving the nod to Ned Lamont in the upcoming Conn. Senate primary, the paper’s editorial board railed against Sen. Joe Lieberman’s “warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction.”

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    Don’t Take Any More Money Out of Your House

    The cooling of the U.S. housing market has begun to pull down the entire economy, just as experts had been predicting for several years now.
    This was inevitable after the ludicrously overheated highs of the last few years, and we can only hope it’s going to be a slow leak.

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    Welcome to the New Middle East Paradigm

    If you’re feeling confused about the significance, roots and ramifications of the violence now racking the Middle East, read this brief, piercing essay by NYU professor Noah Feldman.

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    Evangelical Pastor Disowns Church Role in Conservative Politics

    A Minnesota megachurch leader says “the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a ‘Christian nation’ and stop glorifying American military campaigns.”
    Amen.

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    Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost of Iraq Projects

    More inspiring news about our government: A State Dept. agency used an accounting shell game to hide cost overruns on Iraq projects and withheld info on scheduling delays from Congress.

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    Kennedy: Alito and Roberts Misled Us

    The long-serving senator from Mass. writes that the two Supreme Court justices’ voting record betrays an ultraconservative agenda that they hid from Congress during the confirmation hearings.

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    Deadly Israeli Airstrike Kills 37 Children, Ignites Arab Fury

    The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
  • Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vowed to continue its campaign for 10 days to two weeks more.

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