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3:21 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 …
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”:
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 …
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   MEAN OLD WESLEY CLARK.
Marc Ambinder:
The General's Big Mouth
Discussion: Donklephant
Dday / Hullabaloo:
Get Ready For The Mother Of All Hissy Fits
Media Matters for America:
Fox's Henneberg deceptively cropped Clark interview while claiming …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Wire:   McCain Supporter Defends Swift Boat Attacks
Agence France Presse:
Obama vows to combat slurs on his patriotism
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Obama Rebukes Clark
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Swift Boats Are Back And Lipscomb's Got 'Em
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Condemns Wes Clark's Comments About McCain
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
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
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers  —  Is Google using its network of online services to silence critics of Barack Obama?  That was the question buzzing on a corner of the blogosphere over the last few days, after several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their sites, which are hosted on Google's Blogger service.
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
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.
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.
Bryan Burrough / Vanity Fair:
Bringing Down Bear Stearns  —  On Monday, March 10, the rumor started: Bear Stearns was having liquidity problems.  In fact, the maverick investment bank had around $18 billion in cash reserves.  But soon the speculation created its own reality, and the race was on to keep Bear's crisis from ravaging Wall Street.
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Yes, society is gendered  —  I've had about ten requests from men to explain the phrase “winning the cocktail party”.  None from women.  —  A male friend, who spends a not inconsiderable time cruising feminist sites, was one of those who asked what it meant.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
It's the 1930s, and You Are There  —  [Updated below.] … I have several complicated essays in the works concerning the nature of the attraction that Barack Obama holds for many of his supporters.  Once I complete some other articles, I will turn my full attention to them.
Discussion: Redstate and
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Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain, 47% to 42%
Discussion: The Other McCain
George Galloway / The Daily Record:
I'm Off To Iran Before Israel Bombs It
Discussion: Hot Air and Harry's Place
Real Clear Politics:
The America We Love
Little Green Footballs:
Iran's First Lady?  —  I don't know if it's a real picture …
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One step forward two steps back
Associated Press:
Special Forces Soldier, Blinded in Battle, Determined to Keep Serving
Discussion: Wizbang
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Asked If He Questions Obama's Patriotism, McCain Doesn't Directly Answer
Discussion: The Jed Report
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama talks to Bill Clinton
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
DNC protests will be behind fence
Discussion: TalkLeft
Brian Beutler / MoJoBlog:
John Yoo's Attempt to Discredit a Critic
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males