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11:00 PM ET, July 1, 2008


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Accuses Obama Camp Of Coordinating With Webb To Attack McCain  —  Now the McCain campaign is accusing the Obama campaign of coordinating with Jim Webb to “attack” McCain's war service.  —  On MSNBC last night, Webb told McCain that he should “calm down” …
James Kirchick / The Politico:
Who's smearing whom?  —  The only obstacle between Barack Obama and the presidency is the mountain of smears that will no doubt come his way.  That's the narrative that Obama supporters — and his swooning chroniclers in the mainstream media — would have us believe.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CALLS CLARK'S REMARKS ‘INARTFUL’  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  ZANESVILLE, Ohio — “Inartful” was the word Obama used Tuesday to characterize remarks Gen. Wes Clark made over the weekend and subsequently about McCain's military service.  —  VIDEO: NBC's Andrea Mitchell talks …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, TalkLeft and QandO
McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Should Cut Wesley Clark Loose.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Fox News:
McCain to Obama: Cut Ties With Clark
TPM Election Central:
Now A McCain Surrogate Demeans Wes Clark's Service
Discussion: TalkLeft, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Krooney /
Obama: I Didn't Honor McCain to Repudiate Clark
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Trying too Hard  —  Something called the Jed Report goes after me with moonbatty gusto for my USA Today column.  You can judge the caliber of the guy from his writing and style yourself (I don't know anything about him beyond this sophomoric bile).  But he says that I'm attacking Reagan because Reagan said …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
The far-right's patriotism problem...  Jonah Goldberg continues to demonstrate how the right-wing is manipulating public discourse in order to confuse and conflate patriotism with rabid nationalism.  Make no mistake, this is a coordinated effort to deliberately replace substance with its symbol …
Daily Mail:
Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat  —  A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.  —  Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number …
Simon Johnson / Telegraph:
Apology over ‘offensive’ puppy police advert after Muslim complaints
Discussion: The Corner and Pajamas Media
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“It's time for Republicans to develop a new brand of conservatism”  —  Here's an excerpt from McLaughlin & Associates memo to be released tomorrow on the results of their latest survey and the state of the race:
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Worry McCain Would Be Too Similar to Bush  —  About half are concerned Obama would go too far in changing Bush policies  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A recent USA Today/Gallup poll finds about two in three Americans concerned that John McCain would pursue policies as president that are too similar to what George W. Bush has pursued.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Obama, McCain in a statistical dead heat  —  (CNN) — With the dust having finally settled after the prolonged Democratic presidential primary, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a statistical dead heat in the race for the White House.
Why Obama's Faith-Based Initiatives Matter  —  As Barack Obama has emphasized his life as a “committed Christian” over the past year and a half, skeptics have asked for evidence of how his faith would actually influence his policies as president.  Some conservative Christian activists …
Hotline On Call:
On Call Exclusive: Obama Met Privately With Powell At His Office  —  Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago in Powell's personal office in Alexandria.  —  Peggy Cifrino, Powell's spokeswoman, confirmed that the presumptive Democratic nominee …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Andrew Bacevich: Ignoring Inconvenient Facts  —  Bush-loathing scholar Andrew Bacevich has taken to the Boston Globe to pen a screed documenting the horrible misdeeds perpetrated by the administration.  Bacevich even ordered his complaints in a tidy little list:
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama discusses his chat Bill Clinton  —  (CNN) — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are moving on.  —  In Obama's first comments about his widely-covered phone conversation with the former president Monday morning, the Illinois senator said the two did not dwell on the prolonged and at times divisive primary race.
Discussion: and Spin Cycle
Goldy / HorsesAss.Org:
Fire destroys Burner's home  —  Darcy Burner, her husband, son and dog escaped unharmed this morning from a serious fire at their Carnation home.  There is no word yet on what the cause might be, but the campaign tells me that the house might be “a total loss.”
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Seattle Times:
Fire destroys home of congressional candidate Darcy Burner
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
McCain not fundraising down-ballot  —  John McCain has begun to raise eyebrows in Republican circles for his lack of fundraising help on behalf of his party's House and Senate campaign committees.  —  The Arizona senator has yet to send a fundraising appeal for those committees nearly four months …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Christian Site's Ban on ‘G’ Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics  —  The American Family Association obviously didn't foresee the problems that might arise with its strict policy to always replace the word “gay” with “homosexual” on the Web site of its Christian news outlet, OneNewsNow.
Megan McArdle:
Should I call myself a feminist?  —  This is not exactly a burning question for America.  Nonetheless, it raises some interesting issues that are worth exploring, so heck, I'll explore them.  —  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a group dinner with Kenji Yoshino …
Discussion: American Spectator
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Rewarding good behavior
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Henry / Crooked Timber:
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Siavosh Ghazi / Agence France Presse:
Iran must avoid ‘provocative’ nuclear talk: Khamaenei aide
Obama's Pro-Gay Flyers
Atrios / Eschaton:
Everybody's A Critic  —  One thing about blogging during …
The Moderate Voice:
Oh What A Reversal of Fortune: We've Met The Enemy & It's Our Very Own Leaders
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Global Warming as Mass Neurosis