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5:00 PM ET, July 2, 2008


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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.
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” …
Dan Balz / The Trail:
McCain Travels South, Searching for Message  —  Why is John McCain in Colombia?  —  Is his commitment to free trade so deep that he needed not one foreign trip (to Canada last month) but two foreign trips to make that clear to people?  Is the issue of free trade so central to the outcome …
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Camp Hits McCain on Colombia Trip
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.
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, Washington Wire and TalkLeft
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain denies claim that he roughed up Sandinista  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia - John McCain denied a Republican colleague's claim that he roughed up an associate of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on a diplomatic mission in 1987, saying the allegation was “simply not true.”
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Thad Cochran not helping the cause
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Well Known Liberal Blogger Shot In Washington, D.C.  —  Brian Beutler, a well-known progressive blogger, was shot and seriously injured during a mugging last night in Washington, D.C.  —  One bullet damaged Beutler's spleen, and he had it removed during surgery this morning at the Washington Hospital Center.
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.
Media Matters for America:
Fox News airs altered photos of NY Times reporters  —  On the July 2 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade labeled New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe “attack dogs,” claiming that Steinberg's June 28 article on the …
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Bloggers Accuse Obama of Trying to Win Election  —  The liberal blogosphere was aflame today with new accusations that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) is trying to win the 2008 presidential election.  —  Suspicions about Sen. Obama's true motives have been building over the past few weeks …
Discussion: Eunomia and American Power
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.
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.
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Alberto R. Gonzales / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: The Sleuth and Opinion L.A.
James Gerber / Political Radar:
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Wonkapalooza! At Aspen, a Weekend of the Big-Name Minds
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“Black national anthem” causes stir at Hick speech
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Busted  —  Wesley Clark has made the rounds of just about every …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush Stimulates The Porn Industry With His Economic Package
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Think Progress