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1:20 AM ET, July 2, 2008

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James Kirchick / The Politico:
Who's smearing whom?  —  The only obstacle between Barack Obama and the presidency is the mountain of smears that will no doubt come his way.  That's the narrative that Obama supporters — and his swooning chroniclers in the mainstream media — would have us believe.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Accuses Obama Camp Of Coordinating With Webb To Attack McCain  —  Now the McCain campaign is accusing the Obama campaign of coordinating with Jim Webb to “attack” McCain's war service.  —  On MSNBC last night, Webb told McCain that he should “calm down” …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CALLS CLARK'S REMARKS ‘INARTFUL’  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  ZANESVILLE, Ohio — “Inartful” was the word Obama used Tuesday to characterize remarks Gen. Wes Clark made over the weekend and subsequently about McCain's military service.  —  VIDEO: NBC's Andrea Mitchell talks …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, TalkLeft and QandO
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Should Cut Wesley Clark Loose.  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: John McCain, taking questions from reporters aboard his Straight Talk Express: The Airplane Edition, said it was time for the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama to cut retired Gen. Wesley Clark loose.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Krooney / TIME.com:
Obama: I Didn't Honor McCain to Repudiate Clark
Fox News:
McCain to Obama: Cut Ties With Clark
God-o-Meter:
Why Obama's Faith-Based Initiatives Matter  —  As Barack Obama has emphasized his life as a “committed Christian” over the past year and a half, skeptics have asked for evidence of how his faith would actually influence his policies as president.  Some conservative Christian activists …
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Hotline On Call:
You've Got To Have Faith  —  Barack Obama makes a pitch in Zanesville …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including …
Daily Mail:
Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat  —  A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.  —  Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number …
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Simon Johnson / Telegraph:
Apology over ‘offensive’ puppy police advert after Muslim complaints
Discussion: The Corner and Pajamas Media
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's real patriotism problem  —  He sees an America in which the cup is half-empty.  Is his America the same one most Americans think of as they wave flags and celebrate the Fourth of July?  —  Barack Obama has a patriotism problem that even Monday's flag-waving trip to Independence, Mo., can't squelch.
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Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:   The far-right's patriotism problem...
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Trying too Hard  —  Something called the Jed Report goes …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“It's time for Republicans to develop a new brand of conservatism”  —  Here's an excerpt from McLaughlin & Associates memo to be released tomorrow on the results of their latest survey and the state of the race:
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Worry McCain Would Be Too Similar to Bush
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Obama, McCain in a statistical dead heat  —  (CNN) — With the dust having finally settled after the prolonged Democratic presidential primary, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a statistical dead heat in the race for the White House.
Hotline On Call:
On Call Exclusive: Obama Met Privately With Powell At His Office  —  Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago in Powell's personal office in Alexandria.  —  Peggy Cifrino, Powell's spokeswoman, confirmed that the presumptive Democratic nominee …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama discusses his chat Bill Clinton  —  (CNN) — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are moving on.  —  In Obama's first comments about his widely-covered phone conversation with the former president Monday morning, the Illinois senator said the two did not dwell on the prolonged and at times divisive primary race.
Discussion: TIME.com and Spin Cycle
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Andrew Bacevich: Ignoring Inconvenient Facts  —  Bush-loathing scholar Andrew Bacevich has taken to the Boston Globe to pen a screed documenting the horrible misdeeds perpetrated by the administration.  Bacevich even ordered his complaints in a tidy little list:
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Megan McArdle:
Should I call myself a feminist?  —  This is not exactly a burning question for America.  Nonetheless, it raises some interesting issues that are worth exploring, so heck, I'll explore them.  —  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a group dinner with Kenji Yoshino …
Discussion: American Spectator
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Christian Site's Ban on ‘G’ Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics  —  The American Family Association obviously didn't foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow.
New York Times:
Plea for Aid to Avert Starvation  —  WASHINGTON — Warning that rising food and oil prices pose a crisis for the world's poor, Robert B. Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, is calling on President Bush and other leaders convening in Japan next week in an economic summit meeting …
CNN:
McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.
 
 
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San Francisco Chronicle:
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Discussion: Democracy Project
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Freedom and the View From Obamaland
Discussion: alicublog
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
New Iraq report: 15 of 18 benchmarks satisfactory
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McCain not fundraising down-ballot
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 Earlier Items: 
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Rewarding good behavior
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Is Obama's Gay Marriage Stand Incoherent?
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Is Osama bin Laden Dying ... Again?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
CBN.com:
Obama's Pro-Gay Flyers
Goldy / HorsesAss.Org:
Fire destroys Burner's home
Atrios / Eschaton:
Everybody's A Critic  —  One thing about blogging during …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH SATANIC RITUAL SEX CRIMES
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air