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1:20 PM ET, July 1, 2008


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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.
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Bacevich on the Big Questions  —  Andre Bacevich has a brilliant op-ed in the Boston Globe.  I'll quote two paragraphs: … This is absolutely right.  At the moment, we're constructing our political spectrum almost entirely along questions like “what do you think of the surge” which …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama to expand Bush's faith based programs  —  CHICAGO - Reaching out to religious voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans to expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and — in a move sure to cause controversy …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Christianism Of Obama
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Corner
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Ricochet Pander
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Opinionator
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Courting Evangelicals Once Loyal to Bush
Discussion: The Caucus
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark Keeps Up Fire on McCain  —  Clark Questions McCain's Judgment, Not Patriotism  —  Retired Gen. Wesley Clark stuck to his guns today, insisting that Sen. John McCain's experience as a POW made him a true American hero but did not qualify him to be commander-in-chief.
New York Post:
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.
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
News dominated by efforts to unite Dems
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and QandO
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Obama Speech: We Can Expand Faith-Based Charities And Separate Church From State  —  Barack Obama's prepared speech on faith-based initiatives is in, and in it, the candidate strikes a delicate balance between expanding the role and clout of religious charities, while at the same time taking care …
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.
Obama Shifts on Welfare Reform  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace Report: Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul “slashed the rolls by 80 percent.”  Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the …
Aurelio Rojas / Sacramento Bee:
Obama rejects proposed California gay marriage ban  —  Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A3  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who previously said the issue of gay marriage should be left up to each state, has announced his opposition to a California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriages.
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Deirdre Carmody / New York Times:
Clay Felker, Magazine Pioneer, Dies at 82
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Satyam / Think Progress:
Webb: Bush ‘Made A Real Bad Mistake’ On GI Bill, ‘I Think He Blew It’
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Yet More Padding of the Resume
Discussion: PrestoPundit
No Justice for Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar
Discussion: and TalkLeft
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Global Warming as Mass Neurosis
New York Times:
Poland Won't Sign European Treaty
Discussion: The Corner and Vox Popoli
The Politico:
GOP fears fallout from Medicare fight
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Matthew Yglesias:
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Who's Behind High Prices
Discussion: protein wisdom and Soccer Dad
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Town Finds Drug Agent Is Really an Impostor
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Timing the Unveiling of Running Mates Will Be Tricky
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and “False Rumors”
Discussion: Washington Post
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
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