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Marc Ambinder:
It's Not Important?  Context Is Always Important  —  Democrats and allies are jumping on John McCain for telling NBC's Matt Lauer that “it's not important” when troops return from Iraq.  Period.  There's no because.  There's almost never a because when one side seizes on the comments of another.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerry: McCain confused, ‘unbelievably out of touch’  —  John Kerry, who's served in the past as Obama's heavy-hitter on national security, expressed incredulity at McCain's remark this morning that the timing of troops return is “not too important.”  —  “It is unbelievably out of touch …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EX POST MCCAINO  —  The McCain campaign is hitting back hard against Democratic criticism of his “not that important” quote this morning on Today.  But as often is the case with McCain, the explanations of what he said are even sillier than the original statement.
Discussion: The New Republic and The RBC
Washington Post:
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Question Of Empire  —  That's the critical question …
Discussion: marbury and Political Machine
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Not Too Important: Context  —  The Obama campaign has been demagoguing …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
(Re)-Interpreting McCain: ‘The question was about an estimate’
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Johnson resigns  —  Obama and his campaign staunchly defended Jim Johnson against the charge that his ties to troubled mortgage lender Countrywide disqualified him from sitting on Obama's vice presidential search committee, but Johnson just pulled the plug: He resigned as chairman of the steering committee just now.
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Johnson Quits Obama's Vice Presidential Search Team  —  James Johnson said he is leaving Senator Barack Obama's vice presidential search committee after a newspaper reported he may have received preferential mortgage terms from Countrywide Financial Corp.  —  Johnson, the former chairman …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE TURNOUT EFFECT
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:   McCain, Obama Clash Over Ties to Lobbyists
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Those Loyal to the Clintons Take Note of Who Was Not  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was gracious in her full-throated endorsement of Senator Barack Obama.  But that does not mean all is forgiven by others in the Clinton universe.  —  For proof, look no further than Doug Band …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Gains Among Women After Clinton Exit  —  Now running as strongly vs. McCain among women as Clinton did  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Since Hillary Clinton decided to concede the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama last week, Obama has established a lead over Republican John McCain in general-election polling.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Mincing Up Michelle  —  Hillary and Bill are busy updating their enemies lists.  And Obama is racking his brain trying to figure out where to stash his erstwhile rival.  —  If a President Obama put her on the Supreme Court, of course, we would have the infinite fun of hearing Bill rant about how Scalia …
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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 …
Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit's chief judge posted sexually explicit matter on his website  —  Alex Kozinski, who is presiding over an obscenity trial in L.A., acknowledges that he had posted sexually explicit photos and videos.  He says he didn't think the public could access the site.
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain On Whether Cheney Might Serve In His Administration: ‘Hell, Yeah’  —  As Vice President Dick Cheney makes the rounds on “the GOP's rubber chicken circuit” these days to raise funds for conservative candidates, he always implores his audiences “to make sure that we elect John McCain the 44th President of the United States.”
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Michigan Presidential Election  —  Michigan: Now It's Obama By Three  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Michigan shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%.  This is the fourth poll in Michigan since McCain wrapped up the Republican nomination …
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.
 
 
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