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6:45 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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Mikki Halpin / Glamocracy:
Barack Obama tells Glamour: “Debate me, not Michelle”  —  On Wednesday Senator Barack Obama talked to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and answered questions from our readers about his policies and about women's issues.  (Thanks to the many of you who submitted those queries!)
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad  —  The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.  —  Lured by an offer of interviews …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Barack Obama Raised $52 Million in June
Discussion: Truthdig
John Santucci / Political Radar:
Obama Hits the Gym, With Multiple Repetitions  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: While Obama spent 91 minutes at a campaign event yesterday, the Illinois Senator spent a total of 188 minutes in the gym yesterday - making three separate stops to Chicago gyms over the course of one day.
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Associated Press:
Political Play of the Day: Obama becomes a gym rat  —  CHICAGO (AP) - Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe.  —  The Democratic presidential contender exercises regularly, but over a 24-hour span this week, he took it to a new extreme.
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Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Obama Campaign's Out of Control Spending  —  The $52 million figure may not be a disaster for the Obama campaign, but it is hardly a success.  Not just because it's far below what the Obama campaign projected in June.  It's a disappointment because it includes general election contributions from those who had previously maxed out.
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Biden hits back - More on Obama's Committee  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: The case of the European Affairs Subcommittee hearings continues.  Biden writes a passive aggressive letter to answer DeMint's passive aggressive letter.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, the ranking member on that committee …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
Murphy / puma pac:
GOD WILL GUIDE THE HAND OF JUDGMENT THAT WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN!  —  A note to maniacs who make death threats: They don't work.  They harden the opposition to your cause because they expose your true nature as a homicidal bully.  They also rally the support of the vast majority of decent people who are outraged by the tactic.
CNN:
Ashcroft defends waterboarding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a “valuable” purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday.  —  Testifying on the Bush administration's …
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Sean Tevis for Kansas State Representative:
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner  —  My name is Sean Tevis [photo].  I'm an Information Architect in Kansas running for State Representative.  I've decided to “retire” my current State Representative.  I'm going to win.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ross Douthat:
Goodbye To Matt  —  Congratulations are in order whenever someone accepts a new position, of course, but I hope Matt won't mind if I add that I was very sorry to hear that he'd decided to leave the Atlantic to take a job at the Center for American Progress.  Partially, this reflects pure selfishness …
Discussion: The Opinionator
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Matthew Yglesias:
Big Think Tank Matt
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”  —  Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart is facing a tough reelection campaign.  He's been accused of abusing his office for personal gain, and will go on trial in the fall on felony campaign finance charges.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Julian Sanchez
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Old Flame  —  Why I still kinda like John McCain.  —  The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it.  Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear …
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's goodie bag  —  As a state senator, here's who he doled out state cash to  —  Back when Barack Obama was a state senator, the Illinois Legislature offered this perk: You get elected, you get to give out some money.  —  Like his counterparts, Obama routed this state grant money to parks …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: Bush vs. Bernanke on the Economy  —  ..or Fantasy vs. Reality on the “Strength” of the Economy  —  For my money, this is when “The Daily Show” is at it's best.  Last night, Jon juxtaposed President Bush's rosy (and wholly unrealistic) appraisal of the economy with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bob Barr Conference Call  —  Normally, I participate in John McCain campaign conference calls, but today I had the opportunity to join Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr's first blogger conference call.  The invitation explained that “Bob Barr loves bloggers, [and] values your role in informing the public …
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’  —  While Hizbullah on Wednesday went to great lengths in its attempts to paint the prisoner swap with Israel as a victory, emphasizing the fact that the group's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah had kept to his word and managed to release murderer Samir Kuntar …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle
Discussion: TIME.com
WCBS-TV:
Civil Rights Leader: Public Figures Need To Be ‘Consistent’
Martin / Boztopia.com:
Reverse Robin Hood: Stealing From The Poor To Give To The Rich
Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
Who Obama Should See in Iraq  —  Barack Obama is headed to Baghdad, probably within days.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia
Discussion: The News Buckit
Paul Jackson / Housing Wire:
JP Morgan's Dimon: Prime Mortgages Look “Terrible”
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY NOZZLE OR YOURS?  —  Sen. Larry Craig throws innuendo to the wind ...
Discussion: Wonkette
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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration
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New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver
Patrick McGroarty / Associated Press:
New sport combines boxing and chess
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
It Should Be a Democratic Year  —  July polls don't tell …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and neo-neocon
Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?
Larry Hunter / NY Daily News:
Hunter: This conservative activist is backing Obama
 

 
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