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1:00 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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
OffTheBus Listening Post / The Huffington Post:
McCain Campaign Press Call 7.1 AUDIO: Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Orson Swindle on Wesley Clark's Comments  —  src=' gen/25212/original.jpg'>  —  WHO: Sen. Lindsey Clark (R-SC) and Lt. Col Orson Swindle  —  WHAT: Press conference call to further respond to Wesley Clark's comments and Obama's response.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Ricochet Pander  —  No doubt the Obama campaign is aggressively courting evangelicals because it thinks it can erode the GOP's traditional dominance there.  If Obama can cut the 80-20 Bush-Kerry split among evangelical voters to 60-40—something an evangelical PR-man connected …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Opinionator
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Courting Evangelicals Once Loyal to Bush
Discussion: The Caucus and
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 …
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 …
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and “False Rumors”  —  In a story reporting that Obama “fiercely” defended his patriotism in his Independence, Missouri speech yesterday, Washington Post reporters Jonathan Weisman and Michael Shear write: … I keep seeing the flag-pin issue included among the alleged falsehoods about Obama.
Washington Post:
Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism
Discussion: MSNBC and Associated Press
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
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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
Daily Mail:
Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat
Matthew Yglesias:
The Cult of the Hidden  —  Bob Novak remarks on Barack Obama and gun rights:
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Price of Power: McCain accepts ex-Swift Boaters' donations
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Who's Behind High Prices
Discussion: protein wisdom and Soccer Dad
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Town Finds Drug Agent Is Really an Impostor
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Bush base yet to rush to donate to McCain
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Timing the Unveiling of Running Mates Will Be Tricky
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton