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8:45 AM ET, July 1, 2008


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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”:
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Clark Stands By Comments About McCain  —  Wesley Clark is not backing down from the controversy created by his statements about John McCain on Sunday.  —  In a statement released tonight to reporters, Clark reiterates that he respects McCain's war record, but sticks to his main point …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama's Money Class  —  Barack Obama sells the Democratic Party short.  He talks about his fund-raising success as if his donors were part of a spontaneous movement of small-money enthusiasts who cohered around himself.  In fact, Democrats have spent years building their donor network.
Eric Trager / Commentary:
The Worst Politician Ever?  —  It's virtually unanimous: everyone from Hassan Nasrallah to Mossad Chief Meir Dagan seems to agree that Israel's prisoner swap deal with Hezbollah marks a significant strategic setback for the Jewish state.  —  After all, in exchange for two captured soldiers …
Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: Livni the leader, or Livni the lamb?
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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 …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case  —  In the first case to review the government's secret evidence for holding a detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a federal appeals court found that accusations against a Muslim from western China held for more than six years were based on bare and unverifiable claims.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Official Warns of Israeli Attack on Iran  —  U.S. Offical Sees Two ‘Red Lines’ That Could Prompt Strike  —  Senior Pentagon officials are concerned that Israel could carry out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year, an action that would have enormous security …
Discussion: Informed Comment and Israel Matzav
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
We Can Lower Oil Prices Now  —  Although most experts agree that financial speculation was not responsible for the surge in the global prices of food and energy, many people remain puzzled about the source of these remarkable price rises.  Economics offers a simple supply-and-demand explanation …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Economist's View
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.
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama to expand Bush's faith based programs  —  CHICAGO - Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and — in a move sure to cause controversy …
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.
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Drill Now as the conservative MoveOn?  —  For years John McCain's environmental agenda highlighted his independent streak, and angered conservatives in the process.  Yet the right showed little ire when he aired an ad last month touting his environmentalist bona fides: “John McCain stood …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
NRA plans $40M fall blitz targeting Obama  —  The National Rifle Association plans to spend about $40 million on this year's presidential campaign, with $15 million of that devoted to portraying Barack Obama as a threat to the Second Amendment rights upheld last week by the Supreme Court.
Juliana Barbassa / Associated Press:
Obama's sister helps reach out to Asian-Americans  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The throng of Asian-American donors drew closer, drinks in hand, to hear Barack Obama's sister describe the wide arc of his life: beyond politics and Chicago, into his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii.
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain, 47% to 42%  —  Nine-day “too close to call” streak is broken  —  PRINCETON, NJ — After more than a week of Barack Obama and John McCain being tied in Gallup Poll Daily tracking, Obama now holds a statistically significant five percentage point lead …
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's energy record is on/off
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Paul Krugman Misreads the Political Situation, I Think
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth
Discussion: Gristmill and Angry Bear
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
African Leaders Plan to Discuss Mugabe's Future
Libby Purves / Times of London:
The Borisophobes are on the march (or not)  —  Boris Johnson …
George Galloway / The Daily Record:
I'm Off To Iran Before Israel Bombs It
Real Clear Politics:
The America We Love
Little Green Footballs:
Iran's First Lady?  —  I don't know if it's a real picture …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers
Ron Beasley /
One step forward two steps back
Associated Press:
Special Forces Soldier, Blinded in Battle, Determined to Keep Serving
Discussion: Wizbang
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox and Kristol claim McCain's VP choice will cause gas prices to ‘plummet.’
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Megan McArdle:
Yes, society is gendered
Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:
It's the 1930s, and You Are There  —  [Updated below.]
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Asked If He Questions Obama's Patriotism, McCain Doesn't Directly Answer
Discussion: The Jed Report
Gail Sheehy / Vanity Fair:
Hillaryland at War  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign had it all …