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6:35 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” …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Webb: McCain Should ‘Calm Down’ on Using Military Service  —  Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) waded into the debate over John McCain's military service Monday to say that the Republican should avoid using military service in politics.  —  Webb, a Barack Obama supporter, was on MSNBC's “Countdown” …
TPM Election Central:
Now A McCain Surrogate Demeans Wes Clark's Service  —  The McCain campaign, keeping up the pressure over Wes Clark's comments, is holding its second conference call on this topic in two days — but now the story has taken a new turn, with a McCain surrogate demeaning Clark's service.
McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: TalkLeft and QandO
Andrew J. Bacevich / Boston Globe:
What Bush hath wrought  —  FEW AMERICANS, whatever their political persuasion, will mourn George W. Bush's departure from office.  Democrats and Republicans alike are counting the days until the inauguration of a new president will wipe the slate clean.  —  Yet in crucial respects, the Bush era will not end Jan. 20, 2009.
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:
Matthew Yglesias:
Bacevich on the Big Questions
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
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.
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.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“It's time for Republicans to develop a new brand of conservatism”
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Groups  —  ZANESVILLE, Ohio — With an eye toward courting evangelical voters, Senator Barack Obama presented a plan here on Tuesday to expand on President Bush's program of investing federal money in religious-based initiatives that are intended to fight poverty and perform community aid work.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama courts conservatives with new faith program
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Is Obama's Gay Marriage Stand Incoherent?  —  Ramesh Ponnuru writes: … One possibility is that Obama opposes same-sex marriage as a matter of policy, but also thinks it would be unwise for Californians to amend their state constitution in order to prohibit it retroactively and nullify marriages …
Discussion: The Corner
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Obama's Divisive Unity
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:   Obama on Same-Sex Marriage
Obama's Pro-Gay Flyers  —  Barack Obama may be talking up his Christian faith like he's doing today in Ohio and trying his best to appeal to Evangelicals with a “new kind of politics,” but he's got a problem.  Many of his positions are the same liberal positions that have turned off Evangelicals for years.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts  —  A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.  —  The onetime undercover agent …
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 …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
McCain Officially Endorses California Marriage Ban  —  The Log Cabin Republicans have confirmed that Sen. John McCain has switched from holding a neutral position on California's anti-gay marriage measure to supporting it.  —  John McCain's position on California's marriage amendment …
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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.
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama's real patriotism problem  —  He sees an America in which the cup is half-empty.  Is his America the same one most Americans think of as they wave flags and celebrate the Fourth of July?  —  Barack Obama has a patriotism problem that even Monday's flag-waving trip to Independence, Mo., can't squelch.
Thomas F. Schaller / New York Times:
The South Will Fall Again  —  THE interim between the primaries and the parties' nominating conventions is, according to ancient writ, a fertile period for presidential campaigns to talk about how they plan to expand the political map in the fall.  This year is no different.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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