Times of London:
President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war — Tom Baldwin and Gerard Baker in Ljubljana — President Bush has admitted to The Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq. He said that his aim now was to leave …
Dayo Olopade / The New Republic: Blowing Kisses Across the Pond
Fester / Newshoggers.com: Predictable Consequences
Attaturk / Firedoglake: “Mah legacy” — Cue the Frank Sinatra: … Gee, what could have given us that belief?
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media: Iran vs. the desire to be liked
Spencer / Attackerman: We're Americans Abroad
Kyle E. Moore / Comments from Left Field: The “Tone” Was The Least Of The Problems, Sir
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar: Bush Tells British Paper He Regrets War Legacy
Mustang Bobby / Shakesville: Too Late
David Mark / The Politico:
Webb's rebel roots: An affinity for Confederacy — Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting team will undoubtedly run across some quirky and potentially troublesome issues as it goes about the business of scouring the backgrounds of possible running mates. But it's unlikely they'll find …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Obama's Rebel Yeller?
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway: Jim Webb: Confederate Sympathizer?
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Yee-haw! — The talk of Virginia Sen. Jim Webb for the VP slot raises questions:
Dave Winer / Scripting News: A few random thoughts
Edward H. Sebesta / Anti-Neo-Confederate: James Webb and his Confederacy problem hit the news
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Some Buy a New Home to Bail on the Old — Fannie Plans Rules To Avoid Practice Described as Fraud — Next month, Michelle Augustine plans to walk away from her four-bedroom house in a Sacramento, Calif., subdivision and let the property fall into foreclosure.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy, Calculated Risk and AMERICAblog
Iraqis Condemn American Demands — High-level negotiations over the future role of the U.S. military in Iraq have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate, with Iraqi politicians denouncing what they say are U.S. demands to maintain nearly 60 bases in their country indefinitely.
Discussion: Think Progress, Below The Beltway, Washington Monthly and On Deadline
Doug Mataconis / Below The Beltway: Iraqis Learning To Say No To The United States
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly: LONG-TERM BASES....The Washington Post reports that the Iraqi government …
Mike Carney / On Deadline: News roundup: Iraqi chafe at U.S. military plans; Mississippi River rises
The Moderate Voice:
Iraq Status-Of-Forces Agreement: Why It's A Really Bad Deal No Matter How You Look At It — In the end, how we leave and what we leave behind will be more important than how we came. — AMBASSADOR RYAN CROCKER — Having royally screwed up just about everything else over the past seven-plus years …
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Kate Barrett / Political Radar:
Obama Admits Smoking Cigarettes in Last Few Months — ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama told reporters in St. Louis today that he has fallen off the wagon and smoked cigarettes in the last few months. — Watch the VIDEO HERE. — The presumptive Democratic nominee …
Discussion: Don Surber, The News Buckit, Gateway Pundit and Commentary
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: An Odd Standard — In a story about Barack Obama's relapse …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's best veep choice — Here's a hint: She's not Hillary! Plus: Talk radio's paranoid delusions and a Brazilian diva Madonna could aspire to. — Shuddering, lurching and stumbling, the 2008 general election has finally, mercifully begun. For a year and a half …
Discussion: Don Surber
Clif / Sadly, No!:
Fred Hiatt's Concubine Speaks. You Listen. — Republicans have started wracking their brains for clever ways to say, without appearing racist, that Obama's skin color is a reason not to vote for him. Not so long ago we had Tony Blankley saying that not voting for someone because of their skin color …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post: Whose Race Problem?
John Santucci / Political Radar:
Ohio Guv Won't Run with Obama — ABC News' Teddy Davis and John Santucci Report: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) was Shermanesque on Tuesday in saying that he would “absolutely not” be Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., running mate even if asked to join the Democratic ticket.
Discussion: The Fix, Comments from Left Field, THE GUN TOTING LIBERAL™, Boston Globe, Open Left, The Raw Story, Salon, The Caucus, Redstate, TIME.com, BitsBlog, The RBC, MyDD, Hot Air, PoliGazette, Real Clear Politics and Spin Cycle
Chris Cillizza / The Fix: The Case for Kathleen Sebelius
Kyle E. Moore / Comments from Left Field: Just In Case There Was Any Confusion
Scott Helman / Boston Globe: Obama, Strickland together Friday
Alex Koppelman / Salon: Discussion of potential Obama running mates heats up
Kate Phillips / The Caucus: Ohio Gov. Doesn't Want to Be V.P.
Jonathan Zasloff / The RBC: Ted Strickland Channels General Sherman: How About Sebelius?
Todd Beeton / MyDD: Obama VP Buzz
Allahpundit / Hot Air: Obama looking at retired general for VP? …
Kyle Trygstad / Real Clear Politics: Strickland Drops Name From Veepstakes
John Riley / Spin Cycle: Obama veep: Cross off Strickland?
Tim Talley / Associated Press:
Okla. Dem calls Obama liberal, declines to endorse
Okla. Dem calls Obama liberal, declines to endorse
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com: Democrat Congressman: Obama's too liberal to endorse (but I'll vote …
Mark Adams / American Street: AP Officially In The Tank For McCain
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Two Democratic Politicians Won't Endorse Barack
Alex Koppelman / Salon: Dem congressman won't endorse Obama
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch: Democratic Congressman Won't Endorse Obama
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: Rep. Boren declines to endorse Obama
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
A Vote for McBama — WASHINGTON — For the party faithful, this is a sweet moment. They have their candidates and, whatever the obstacles, can still imagine victory in November. But the rest of us ought to remember that the politics of winning and governing often collide.
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
STOP ALL “DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT GAYS AND HOMOSEXUALS,” as well as against the university professor and self-described “activis[t] for social justice issues” who filed a complaint against you: That's what the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission ordered Stephen Boisson …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Activists Preparing Against Use of ‘Brown Note’ at Dem Convention — Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.
Discussion: Wake up America, Tammy Bruce, Hot Air and TigerHawk
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Democratic Conspiracy Theorists Truly Are NUTS
Allahpundit / Hot Air: Too good to check: Police set to use “crap cannon” …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The McCain Miracle — In the genuine historical miracle of Barack Obama — it was only 43 years ago, half a historical eye-blink, when African American voting rights remained unsecured — the political and personal miracle of John McCain has been largely overshadowed.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Says Faith Community to be a Priority of His Administration — Barack Obama privately met with religious leaders in Chicago today. His spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on the campaign plane today: … He did it in South Carolina, here's his mailer(pdf).
Discussion: CBN.com, The Democratic Daily, Comments from Left Field and Anglachel's Journal
Pamela Leavey / The Democratic Daily: Speaking of Religious Fundamentalism...
Kyle E. Moore / Comments from Left Field: Talking God and Reality
Anglachel / Anglachel's Journal: Plus Ca Change
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA MEETS WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
OBAMA MEETS WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Discussion: protein wisdom, CBN.com, The Caucus, TIME.com and Boston Globe
Michael Luo / The Caucus: New PAC Seeks to Court Christians for Obama
Randyj / TIME.com: Obama Meets With Religious Leaders
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe: Obama meets with religious leaders
Greg Wallace / Political Radar:
McCain Backtracks on Social Security Tax Hike — ABC News' Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace Report: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., hammered Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on Tuesday for proposing higher Social Security taxes. The presumptive Republican nominee neglected to mention, however, that he was open to a similar approach in 2005.
Discussion: The Carpetbagger Report and Jonathan Martin's Blogs
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report: McCain's mistake: Putting economic issues on the front-burner
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: McCain's paper trail strikes again
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
What should McCain do about Cheney? — He's a highly effective fundraiser in an election cycle where Republicans are starved for cash, a hero to the wing of the party that views John McCain with the most suspicion. He has four decades of campaign experience, ranging from a short stint …
Krooney / TIME.com: McCain's Cheney Problem