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Plus Hezbollah says it’s got the goods on Israel, and more
• During tonight’s Iftar ceremony, there is a good chance President Obama will broach the Cordoba Initiative controversy. (A reminder: The pro-center side polls horribly nationwide, and even in New York City.) [Ben Smith]
• Tablet Magazine columnist Lee Smith breaks down the contemporary Middle East, where Arab nations like Saudi Arabia are joining with the United States and, yes, Israel against Iran. [Newsweek]
• Josh Marshall gets to the heart of opposition to the Islamic center. [TPM]
• The Los Angeles Times backs the center, too. [LAT]
• Hezbollah will turn over evidence that it claims implicates Israel in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. [Haaretz]
• Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary of State Clinton talked peace process last night. [Ynet]
Lea Michele, of Glee, says she is proud of her Jewish nose—although in her case, it’s actually an Italian nose. For my money, the best thing she has ever been involved with is not Glee, but Spring Awakening:
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