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10:00 AM ET, July 21, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
News in terror hot spots appears to aid Obama  —  Barack Obama's long-awaited and much-hyped trip overseas, in large part intended to overcome a perception that he's not up to the job of commander-in-chief, seems to have come at the perfect time as recent events in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran have played into his message.
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Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Baghdad on Mideast Tour  —  BAGHDAD — Senator Barack Obama arrived in Baghdad on Monday on the latest leg of a weeklong overseas tour, his first as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.  —  A United States Embassy official said Mr. Obama, who was traveling …
CNN:
Obama meeting with U.S. commanders, Iraqi officials  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama — who has made ending the Iraq war a cornerstone of his run for the presidency — huddled on Monday with Iraqi officials and U.S.-led coalition military commanders about the conflict, now in its sixth year.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraqi Government Acting Like Real Government
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp: Admiral Mullen Opposes Timtetable
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
After 2000, McCain Learned to Work Levers of Power  —  Senator John McCain was all but a sworn enemy of Senator Trent Lott, the former Republican leader.  —  Mr. Lott had quashed Mr. McCain's most cherished legislative goals.  And, worse, Mr. McCain believed that in the 2000 Republican primaries …
Discussion: Commentary and TIME.com
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Dobson Leans Toward Endorsing McCain  —  There seems to be a kumbaya moment occurring on the conservative front, and it's one that would apply a salve to Senator John McCain's uneven, unsettled relationship with the religious right.  —  Enter James Dobson, who has at times been blistering in his criticisms of Mr. McCain.
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson shifts positions, may endorse McCain
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Detainee's Trial in Military System Begins Today  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Nearly seven years after President Bush declared an “extraordinary emergency” that empowered him to bring terrorists before military judges, Osama bin Laden's former driver is scheduled to go on trial Monday …
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William Kristol / New York Times:
No Substitute for Victory  —  I'll go out on a limb and say that Barack Obama will be well received when he speaks in Berlin on July 24.  —  O.K., it's not exactly a limb.  A recent poll shows that the German public prefers Obama to John McCain by 67 percent to 6 percent.  —  But there is angst in Germany.
Wall Street Journal:
Their Fair Share  —  Washington is teeing up “the rich” for a big tax hike next year, as a way to make them “pay their fair share.”  Well, the latest IRS data have arrived on who paid what share of income taxes in 2006, and it's going to be hard for the rich to pay any more than they already do.
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama roars with $25M one-day haul  —  After locking up his party's presidential nomination, Barack Obama's fundraising operation came roaring back to life in June, generating more than a million dollars on five days, including a whopping $25 million that came in on the last day of the month.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Marie Horrigan / CQ Politics:
Franken Stumbling in Minnesota Senate Race  —  Just a few months ago, Al Franken had plenty of reasons to smile about his chances of unseating Minnesota's Republican Sen. Norm Coleman .  —  Minnesotans oppose the war — and the president — that Coleman supported.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain and Obama Agree to Attend Megachurch Forum  —  It has taken a man of God, perhaps, to do what nobody else has been able to do since the general election season began: Get Barack Obama and John McCain together on the same stage before their party conventions later this summer.
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Liberal Bloggers Brace for Victory  —  Obama's Prospects Pose New Concerns for Netroots  —  AUSTIN, July 20 — “Yep, the way it's looking, we might actually win this thing . . .”  —  That's Markos Moulitsas talking, a.k.a. “Kos” to everyone here at Netroots Nation, the four-day liberal blogapalooza …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Booman Tribune
Times of London:
President Bush lobbyist Stephen Payne in ‘bribes’ row quits  —  Cash for access at the White House is under scrutiny by Congress  —  An American government adviser and lobbyist, caught offering access to top White House figures in exchange for a $250,000 (£126,000) …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
CBS scores first Obama interview abroad
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Ich Bin Ein Jet-Setter
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Study: Poor ballot designs still affect U.S. elections
Discussion: Think Progress
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
In Iraq, and Under the Spotlight
Discussion: Blog P.I.
Los Angeles Times:
Rice calls Iran's nuclear position ‘small talk’
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Influx of Voters Likely to Test New Machines
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Conservative Thinkers Think Again
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Some Legal Activists Have Hearts Set on ‘True Liberal’
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Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Barack Obama's Butterfly Effect
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Why The White House REALLY Wants McCain To Win
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ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: FINAL REPORT ON OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE FORGERY …
 

 
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