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3:40 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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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.
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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!)
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama's $52 million June  —  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign raised $52 million in June, his campaign manager said Thursday morning - not quite a record for the high-flying campaign, but close to it.  The campaign had raised $55 million in February, during the Democratic primaries.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's $52 million  —  The Obama campaign rolls out its June …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dems nearly equal Republican cash on hand
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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David Stout / New York Times:
Gore Calls for U.S. to Use Renewable Energy by 2018  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that Americans must abandon fossil fuels within a decade and rely on the sun, the winds and other environmentally friendly sources of electric power, or risk losing …
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MSNBC:
Gore pitches 10-year shift to clean energy
Discussion: MyDD
CNN:
Gore: Survival of United States at risk
Discussion: Wonk Room and Pacific Views
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Gore sets ‘moon shot’ goal on climate change
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Clinton Distances Herself From Anti-Obama Hillraiser
Larry Hunter / NY Daily News:
Hunter: This conservative activist is backing Obama  —  I'm a lifelong Republican - a supply-side conservative.  I worked in the Reagan White House.  I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years.  In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
US plans to station first diplomats in Iran since 1979  —  Washington move signals thaw in relations  —  The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?  —  World Net Daily does not have a great reputation for accuracy in its reporting, but Bob Unruh has pretty solid evidence for his report on a disappearing section of a speech given by Barack Obama.
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WorldNetDaily:
Obama's ‘Big Brother’ vanishes from speech
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's humor often backfires  —  Ever hear that joke about waterboarding?  How about the one about killing Iranians?  And why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?  —  If you aren't familiar with those witty japes, then you've missed out on John McCain's lighter side.
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 …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Booman Tribune
US News:
Taxpayers and Private Groups Pay for Congress's Globe-trotting Over Memorial Day  —  One of the benefits of being a member of Congress is lavish trips, sometimes on the taxpayers' dime  —  While many Americans watched their wallets, several dozen members of Congress used the Memorial …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Administration Wanted Loyalist As Justice Dept. Legal Adviser  —  Top Officials Sought to Defend Interrogation Practices  —  Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft offered the White House a list of five candidates to lead the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel in early 2003 …
Discussion: Commentary and Think Progress
New York Times:
Talking Sense on Iraq  —  It has been obvious from the start of the 2008 campaign that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the biggest foreign policy challenges awaiting the next president.  But there has been precious little detailed discussion of them on the campaign trail.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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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.
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 …
 
 
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
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‘Private’ time for GCI, LEE, MNI and NYT?
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
It Should Be a Democratic Year  —  July polls don't tell …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and neo-neocon
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Court Orders U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans
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Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Now in Living Rooms, the Host Apparent
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Biden Watch  —  Via First Read, this is about as impressive …
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Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mayer On Seligman  —  Psychologist Marty Seligman has objected …
Ashley Seager / Guardian:
America fails on ‘human index’
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Romney not getting his $45m back
 

 
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