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2:40 PM ET, July 2, 2008


 Top Items: 
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
Believe Me, It's Torture  —  What more can be added to the debate over U.S. interrogation methods, and whether waterboarding is torture?  Try firsthand experience.  The author undergoes the controversial drowning technique, at the hands of men who once trained American soldiers to resist—not inflict—it.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Copying The Communists
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Obama Got Discount on Home Loan  —  Shortly after joining the U.S. Senate and while enjoying a surge in income, Barack Obama bought a $1.65 million restored Georgian mansion in an upscale Chicago neighborhood.  To finance the purchase, he secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern Trust in Illinois.
Nate /
Irresponsible Journalism Alert  —  It took more than four months, but something finally beat out the Vicki Iseman story for its sheer chutzpah and utter irresponsibility.  —  The culprit is this piece from the Washington Post, which alleges that Barack Obama received a “discount” …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Schmidt takes control of day-to-day operation  —  Steve Schmidt is taking over the day-to-day operation of John McCain's campaign, according to multiple campaign sources.  —  At a staff meeting in the campaign's Arlington, Va., headquarters this morning, campaign manager Rick Davis made the announcement about Schmidt's new role.
Drudge Report:
LIMBAUGH SIGNS THROUGH 2016; $400 MILLION DEAL SHATTERS BROADCAST RECORDS  —  The American broadcast industry is rocked, realigned and blasted into a new orbit, yet again, by Rush Limbaugh, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.  —  In what is being described as an unprecedented radio contract …
Zev Chafets / New York Times:
Late-Period Limbaugh  —  At one time, Limbaugh did his program from a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper he dubbed, with tongue-in-cheek grandiosity, the Excellence in Broadcasting Building.  These days, he mostly broadcasts out of a studio in Palm Beach, Fla., which he calls the Southern Command …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh In Sunday NYT Cover Story, Big New Radio Deal
Michael Newsom / Sun Herald:
Cochran recounts McCain dustup with the Sandinistas  —  GULFPORT —Notably mild-mannered Republican Sen. Thad Cochran shocked many earlier this year with comments about John McCain's volatile temper.  He has since mended fences with the GOP presidential nominee.
Discussion: The Swamp
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Hispanic Voters Solidly Behind Obama  —  Few demographic differences evident among Hispanics  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hispanic registered voters' support for Barack Obama for president remained consistent and strong in June, with Obama leading John McCain by 59% to 29% among this group.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Wrong Stuff  —  On the way back from Unity, N.H., Friday evening, Barack Obama's plane got diverted by bad weather.  Instead of landing at Reagan airport, it landed farther out at Dulles.  —  Before he got into his S.U.V., Senator Obama walked hesitantly toward the press, who were standing nearby.
Christopher N. Osher / Denver Post:
“Black national anthem” causes stir at Hick speech  —  As Denver dignitaries gathered Tuesday for Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address, City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem.  —  But that's not what she did.
‘Black national anthem’ stirs controversy for city
Discussion: Hot Air and
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Obama to lay out ambitious national service plan  —  (CNN) — Continuing his week-long focus on patriotism and national service, Sen. Barack Obama will lay out a plan Wednesday to create new volunteer and service opportunities to address some of the nation's most pressing challenges.
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's Third Term  —  We're beginning to understand why Barack Obama keeps protesting so vigorously against the prospect of “George Bush's third term.”  Maybe he's worried that someone will notice that he's the candidate who's running for it.  —  Most Presidential candidates adapt their message …
Discussion: Think Progress
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RNC plans ads in four states
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Blue America Launches Whip Count Call Tool On FISA
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Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Calling Andy McCarthy
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Spy Games in Iran
Discussion: SpyTalk and Emptywheel
Naval Criminal Investigative Demand (NCIS) Documents
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Busted  —  Wesley Clark has made the rounds of just about every …
Kathleen Parker / The Corner:
Code of Conduct  —  I keep hearing from readers that McCain gets …
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Stimulates The Porn Industry With His Economic Package
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Israel still paying for its defeat
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Audacity of Cynicism
Jon Henley / Guardian:
Want to know if waterboarding is torture? Ask Christopher Hitchens
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
We Need a Wartime President
Marc Ambinder:
A Subliminal Message In McCain's Ad?
James Risen / New York Times:
Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity
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