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9:50 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pentagon Confirms That It Told Obama He Couldn't Visit Army Base With Campaign Staff  —  I've just gotten clarification from the Pentagon on what really happened with regard to Barack Obama's canceled visit to an Army base in Germany, something the McCain campaign has been using to hit Obama since yesterday.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
DOD spokesman says Obama camp was reminded of political rules  —  Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed to Politico that Department of Defense officials cautioned Barack Obama's campaign that his planned visit to wounded American troops in Germany could not be political in nature …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Cancellation of Obama's Troop Visit
Fox News:
Security Guard Confirms Late-Night Encounter Between Former Sen. John Edwards, Tabloid Reporters In Beverly Hills Hotel  —  A hotel security guard told FOXNews.com he intervened this week between a man he identified as former Sen. John Edwards and tabloid reporters who chased …
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National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS AFFAIR: CRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED!  —  UPDATE: John Edwards' secret meeting with his mistress at the Beverly Hilton hotel has now become part of a criminal complaint.  —  NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters Alan Butterfield and Alexander Hitchen filed a criminal complaint …
Judith Bonesky / Bild.de:
I worked out with Obama!  —  HE CURLED 32 KILO DUMBBELLS NEXT TO ME +++  BARACK IS TOP FIT +++  HE DIDN'T SWEAT AT ALL  —  As thousands waited at the Sieges Saule monument in Berlin to hear Obama's sensational speech, a BILD reporter met Barack all alone - in the gym!
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Rate Obama's Berlin Speech Good or Excellent; 46% Think Europe Should Be More Like U.S.  —  Over half of Americans (55%) rate Barack Obama's historic speech in Berlin yesterday good or excellent, and the Democratic presidential candidate is experiencing a modest bounce over John McCain nationally …
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The K Street Project, Part Blue  —  As most of Washington met last week to fret over the economy, Harry Reid was attending a less-noticed summit.  The Senate majority leader had summoned the titans of more than a dozen industry trade groups to a Capitol Hill meeting, where he delivered a crisp message …
Discussion: www.redstate.com and The Foundry
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Associated Press:
Israeli paper publishes Obama Western Wall prayer … JERUSALEM (AP) - A written prayer that Barack Obama left this week in the cracks of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, asks God to guide him and guard his family, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.
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Erin McPike / National Journal Online:
For Targeted GOP Senate Candidates, St. Paul Is Not A Choice Destination  —  Nine of 12 targeted Republicans running in the most competitive Senate races this fall are either skipping the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., or have not decided whether to attend.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Blows Off WSJ Reporter (VIDEO)  —  John McCain's famously cozy relationship with the press is getting a bit testy.  Taking questions in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday the Arizona Republican blew off Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Holmes, right after she stated her name and affiliation.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sarkozy: Obama's my ‘pal’  —  French President Nicolas Sarkozy is offering Obama a warm welcome on the day of their meeting, in an interview with the conservative daily Le Figaro.  —  “Obama?  He's my pal,” the president told Le Figaro.  “Unlike my diplomatic advisors, I never believed in Hillary Clinton's chances.
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Lance Armstrong / Washington Wire:
Obama Brings His Charm Offensive to Paris
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Nitya / Political Punch:
Sarkozy to Obama: Je t'aime
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Hot Air
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
End Of An Error  —  The inimitable Shelby Steele had a great op-ed in the WSJ this week.  In a sort of political eulogy for Jesse Jackson, Steele goes beyond the “Jesse is jealous” argument and delves into the profound generational gap between Jackson and Obama:
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Critic Or Cheerleader: The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline  —  Here it is: We've created a comprehensive time-line of John McCain's statements on Iraq, from the inception of the conflict to the present.  —  Our time-line casts some doubt on a key McCain campaign claim …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama by 6, Is There a Europe Effect?  —  Obama moves back to significant lead over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has expanded his lead over John McCain in the Tuesday through Thursday Gallup Poll Daily tracking rolling average, and now has a 47% to 41% advantage over his Republican challenger.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
He ventured forth to bring light to the world  —  The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers  —  And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land …
Matthew Yglesias:
Thesis Follies  —  Steve Sailer darkly hints: … Meanwhile, Noam Scheiber writes about reporters' efforts to get their hands on a copy of Barack Obama's senior thesis, all copies of which have apparently gone missing from Columbia.  The thesis was about nuclear negotiating strategies …
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Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama's Missing Thesis
Discussion: Daily Kos
Douglas Mackinnon / The Politico:
GOP unfairly branded racist  —  I am a Republican and conservative who finds much about Barack Obama to admire.  I am also a Republican and conservative who spent my formative years growing up in abject poverty and being homeless a number of times.  During that time, I often lived …
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Schock treatment: Bush welcome
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
GOP Pol: Rep. Jean Schmidt Is A “Lying B—”
Discussion: Daily Kos and DownWithTyranny!
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Schwarzenegger signs law banning trans fats in restaurants
Discussion: Calitics
Satyam / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain may not speak for the McCain campaign on the economy.
Discussion: Trailhead, Wonk Room and Majikthise
The Huffington Post:
Brzezinski: Surge In Afghanistan Risky, Some McCain Backers Want World War IV
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Blacks in Congress Split Over Menthol Cigarettes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes Line: It's Now or Never?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
USC young Republicans allege phony CNN interview
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
McCain: Nuremberg-like justice for bin Laden
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama leaves the gifting to Santa
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
The Illogic of Farm Subsidies, and Other Agricultural Truths
Discussion: Reason Magazine
CNN:
NZ judge backs girl over ‘embarrassing’ name
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Beat the Press: Is FOX trying to make McCain look younger?
Telegraph:
Memo to Barack Obama: no walls have ‘come down’ in Belfast
Ken Khachigian / Wall Street Journal:
Who'll Be McCain's Veep? Who Cares?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The parade of “shrill, unserious extremists” …
 

 
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