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The Wednesday night line

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Midweek. You're on. I'm out with:

* ONLINE CHECKBOOK: State DF&A officials are giving previews to politicians of the state's online checkbook. It's debuting July 1. Will include phone access.

* TAX FRAUD INDICTMENT: The Justice Department says six people — five from Pine Bluff and one from Altheimer — have been indicted in a scheme to defraud the government with phony income tax returns totaling $1.7 million.

* HUCKABEE'S HOLY LAND: Suddenly, lots of Israel on the radar.

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1) Mike Huckabee is signing up travelers for his umpteenth guided tour to the Holy Land, this time with guests including Tony Orlando and Larry Gatlin. $4,825 a person for a nine-day trip.

2) Wonder what Huckabee thought if he heard the NPR report this week on how Israel has become known as one of the gay-friendliest countries anywhere — a haven, even, for gay people. Jersualem is more conservative, however, and Huck's Bible-based tour probably spends more time there than Tel Aviv.

3) Or what about this chilling story of the handling of a couple of U.S. citizens of Arab descent — young professional women — on their attempt to visit Israel? Denied, after searches, e-mail inspection and hours of interrogation.

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