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9:55 AM ET, July 2, 2008


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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.
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 …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain game plan worries insiders  —  Four months have passed since John McCain effectively captured the party nomination, and the insiders are getting restless.  Top GOP officials, frustrated by what they view as inconsistent messaging, sluggish fundraising and an organization that is too slow …
Discussion: The Next Right and Redstate
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:   Cindy's fortune: An asset and a liability
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Deepening Cycle of Job Loss Seen Lasting Into '09  —  As automakers dropped their latest batch of awful sales numbers on the market on Tuesday, reinforcing the gloom spreading across the economy, the troubles confronting American workers seemed to intensify.
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iran ‘seriously considering’ new international nuclear offer  —  UNITED NATIONS — Iran's senior diplomat said Tuesday that Tehran was seriously considering a new offer from six world powers to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program, and he praised the package as “constructive.”
Los Angeles Times:
Iran remarks point to split in leadership
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Agence France Presse
“Dig it!”:  A short video about Barack Obama's friends  —  Paul Budline, a Princeton-based writer and producer of documentaries, got to thinking this afternoon about Barack Obama's friendship with Chicago radicals Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  Out came this crisp little video, “Dig it!”.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Rush Limbaugh In Sunday NYT Cover Story, Big New Radio Deal  —  MEGASPLASH, MEGADEAL  —  Rush In NYT Cover Story, Stunning Contract Renewal  —  *** WITH EXCLUSIVE DETAILS ***  —  *** CONTRACT INCLUDES UNPRECEDENTED NINE-FIGURE SIGNING BONUS ***  —  *** ONCE AGAIN, YOU SAW IT FIRST AT THE RADIO EQUALIZER ***
Obama over fist bumping?  —  (CNN) — Is Obama ditching his signature fist bump?  —  According to Tuesday's press pool report, the Illinois senator refused to bump fists with a boy as he was touring the Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio.  —  As the boy outstretched his first …
Discussion: The Swamp and Confederate Yankee
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
WHY MCCAIN'S CAPTIVITY MATTERS  —  You would think it would be simple, but I forget that the concepts of Duty, Honor & Country are dirty words to the left/press.  None who have served, well none with more than 4 months in the motor pool, wonder what John McCain proved to us.
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Should Cut Wesley Clark Loose.
Discussion: PBD, Hot Air and TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
The far-right's patriotism problem...  Jonah Goldberg continues to demonstrate how the right-wing is manipulating public discourse in order to confuse and conflate patriotism with rabid nationalism.  Make no mistake, this is a coordinated effort to deliberately replace substance with its symbol …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Reid: ‘Coal makes us sick!’  —  The Crypt reports that the video of an appearance by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Fox Business Network has gone viral on YouTube, attracting over 270,000 views and earning a spot on the site's “most viewed” list.  In the interview, Reid emphatically states, “Coal makes us sick.”
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Harry Reid: No. 1 on YouTube Tuesday!
Hotline On Call:
You've Got To Have Faith  —  Barack Obama makes a pitch in Zanesville, OH, today to expand President Bush's faith based programs, while affirming his belief in the separation between church and state.  He'll propose a Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to help these groups apply …
Marie Horrigan / CQ Politics:
Stunning GOP Setbacks Make Dems More Likely to Take Staten Island, Too  —  With the defending Republicans facing twists and turns confirming that truth can be stranger than fiction, the Democrats now appear to hold a solid edge in the battle for the seat New York Republican Rep. Vito J. Fossella left open …
Jennifer Rubin / Jerusalem Post:
Why more Jews won't be voting Democrat this year  —  Defenders of Barack Obama, and sometimes Obama himself, seem frustrated that some American Jews refuse to assume their traditional role of support for the Democratic presidential nominee.  The Obama defenders are irked that not all Jews accept …
Discussion: Salon, American Power and Swampland
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Bigger Role for Religious Groups  —  ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday that if elected president he would expand the delivery of social services through churches and other religious organizations, vowing to achieve a goal he said President Bush had fallen short on during his two terms.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Chris Satullo /
A not-so-glorious Fourth  —  U.S. atrocities are unworthy of our heritage.  —  Put the fireworks in storage.  —  Cancel the parade.  —  Tuck the soaring speeches in a drawer for another time.  —  This year, America doesn't deserve to celebrate its birthday.  This Fourth of July should be a day of quiet and atonement.
Discussion: QandO and
Brad Reed / AlterNet:
The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency  —  A shorter version of our long national nightmare.  —  Share and save this post:  —  Also in Election 2008  —  Ari Berman  —  10 Things You Should Know About McCain Advisor Charlie Black  —  Jon Ponder
Discussion: World-O-Crap and Sadly, No!
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Jerusalem Post:
Bulldozer driver shot dead after going on rampage in capital
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TPM Election Central:
GOPers Promise To “ROMP” In This Fall's House Races
Brian Hughes / Gazette:
Obama plans invitation-only events in area
Discussion: Think Progress
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Car Sales at 10-Year Low
Discussion: Detroit News
James Risen / New York Times:
Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Sunni Bloc to Rejoin Government
Discussion: Hot Air, The Foundry and QandO
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John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama opposes proposed ban on gay marriage
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
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John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
Hospital video shows no one helped dying woman
New York Times:
Plea for Aid to Avert Starvation
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
In Court Ruling on Executions, a Factual Flaw
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
New Iraq report: 15 of 18 benchmarks satisfactory
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
McCain not fundraising down-ballot
James Kirchick / The Politico:
Who's smearing whom?