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12:35 AM ET, July 1, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain surrogate defends Swift Boaters  —  One of the participants in McCain's conference call today was Colonel Bud Day, a longtime McCain ally who was also a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.  —  I asked Day whether how he'd compare the attacks he was saying McCain faces today …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Dem Guru: McCain ‘Limited’ by POW Years  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Molly Hunter Report: While Barack Obama was urging supporters not to devalue the military service of rival John McCain, an informal Obama adviser argued Monday that the former POW's isolation during the Vietnam War has hobbled …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clark won't back down  —  In a statement to reporters, retired General Wes Clark repeats that McCain is a “hero” but also reiterates his point that McCain's service didn't give him “executive experience”:
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Hot Air
Zachary Roth / CJR:
“Attacking” McCain's Military Record  —  What Wesley Clark really said, and how the press missed it  —  So: The latest round of mock outrage—in a presidential race that has turned the tactic into an art form—now comes in response to comments made by General Wesley Clark.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Obama criticizes in patriotism speech  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, in a major speech on patriotism, criticized for referring to Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us last year.  —  The Illinois senator said politics too often seems …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MEAN OLD WESLEY CLARK.  —  Via DDay comes the full transcript of Wesley Clark's blood libel against John McCain's military experience: … Today, the Obama campaign put out the following press release: … Politics is politics, to be sure, and the Obama campaign presumably needed to quiet this controversy down quick.
Marc Ambinder:
The General's Big Mouth
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Media Matters for America:
Fox's Henneberg deceptively cropped Clark interview while claiming …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Condemns Wes Clark's Comments About McCain
Discussion: Open Left
Washington Wire:   McCain Supporter Defends Swift Boat Attacks
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Note to the religious right: auto-replace is not your friend  —  Auto-correct can be a very helpful feature of any word-processing program.  But when conservatives use it, they run the risk of embarrassing themselves.  —  Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
The Dangers of Auto-Replace  —  In addition to blocking traffic from websites they don't like, it looks like the web-geniuses behind the American Family Association's OneNewsNow site have a few other tricks up their sleeves, such as automatically replacing any use of the word “gay” with the word …
Gail Sheehy / Vanity Fair:
Hillaryland at War  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign had it all: near-death moments, hard-won triumphs, dysfunctional relationships—and a staff consumed with infighting over how to sell their candidate.  It was a battle that revealed why she came so close to victory, as well as why she didn't make it.
Prosecutor: Couple's crimes related to cult  —  DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham couple charged with kidnapping, rape and assault was involved with a satanic cult, a prosecutor said Monday.  —  Joy Johnson and Joseph Craig appeared at a bond hearing Monday.  A judge set Craig's bond at $590,000 …
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox and Kristol claim McCain's VP choice will cause gas prices to ‘plummet.’  —  On Fox News today, host Alexis Glick previewed an interview with Bill Kristol by claiming that the Weekly Standard editor believes “the second John McCain announces his VP pick, gas prices will plummet.”
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
DNC protests will be behind fence  —  The fence around the public demonstration zone outside the Democratic National Convention will be chicken wire or chain link, authorities revealed in U.S. District Court today.  —  That may allow protestors to be seen and heard by delegates …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney tops McCain veep list  —  Surprising many Republican insiders, Mitt Romney is at the top of the vice-presidential prospect list for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.  —  “Romney as favorite” is the hot buzz in Republican circles …
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: Livni the leader, or Livni the lamb?  —  What is one to make of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni?  Is she the next Golda Meir?  Is she a woman of steel who can stand before world leaders and demand that they treat Israel with respect?  Can she win a war?
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Firm gets big cut of campaign donations  —  GOP candidates see little of funds raised; Some clients, donors unaware of numbers  —  Charles A. Morse, a conservative Republican gadfly from Brookline, ran a brief write-in campaign to unseat US Representative Barney Frank in 2006.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Redstate
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Iran's First Lady?  —  I don't know if it's a real picture …
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Associated Press:
Special Forces Soldier, Blinded in Battle, Determined to Keep Serving
Discussion: Wizbang
Megan McArdle:
Yes, society is gendered
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Asked If He Questions Obama's Patriotism, McCain Doesn't Directly Answer
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Swift Boats Are Back And Lipscomb's Got 'Em
Brian Beutler / MoJoBlog:
John Yoo's Attempt to Discredit a Critic
Discussion: Think Progress
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Krugman Is Stumped, Too  —  Hey, it's not just Republican surrogates …
Discussion: Right Wing News and MoJoBlog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Dry Hole
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males