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3:20 AM ET, July 2, 2008


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James Kirchick / The Politico:
Who's smearing whom?  —  The only obstacle between Barack Obama and the presidency is the mountain of smears that will no doubt come his way.  That's the narrative that Obama supporters — and his swooning chroniclers in the mainstream media — would have us believe.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Accuses Obama Camp Of Coordinating With Webb To Attack McCain  —  Now the McCain campaign is accusing the Obama campaign of coordinating with Jim Webb to “attack” McCain's war service.  —  On MSNBC last night, Webb told McCain that he should “calm down” …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA CALLS CLARK'S REMARKS ‘INARTFUL’  —  From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  ZANESVILLE, Ohio — “Inartful” was the word Obama used Tuesday to characterize remarks Gen. Wes Clark made over the weekend and subsequently about McCain's military service.  —  VIDEO: NBC's Andrea Mitchell talks …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, QandO and TalkLeft
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain: Obama Should Cut Wesley Clark Loose.  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: John McCain, taking questions from reporters aboard his Straight Talk Express: The Airplane Edition, said it was time for the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama to cut retired Gen. Wesley Clark loose.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Krooney /
Obama: I Didn't Honor McCain to Repudiate Clark
Fox News:
McCain to Obama: Cut Ties With Clark
Discussion: Don Surber and Sweetness & Light
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Trying too Hard  —  Something called the Jed Report goes …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Hotline On Call:
On Call Exclusive: Obama Met Privately With Powell At His Office  —  Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago in Powell's personal office in Alexandria.  —  Peggy Cifrino, Powell's spokeswoman, confirmed that the presumptive Democratic nominee …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
McCain not fundraising down-ballot  —  John McCain has begun to raise eyebrows in Republican circles for his lack of fundraising help on behalf of his party's House and Senate campaign committees.  —  The Arizona senator has yet to send a fundraising appeal for those committees nearly four months …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
McCain Not Fundraising Down Ballot
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Obama, McCain in a statistical dead heat  —  (CNN) — With the dust having finally settled after the prolonged Democratic presidential primary, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a statistical dead heat in the race for the White House.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Harry Reid: No. 1 on YouTube today!  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't necessarily known as a multimedia sensation, but thanks to his “coal makes us sick” comment, Reid has rocketed to the top of YouTube.  —  This video of Reid on Fox Business Network now sits atop YouTube's …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“It's time for Republicans to develop a new brand of conservatism”  —  Here's an excerpt from McLaughlin & Associates memo to be released tomorrow on the results of their latest survey and the state of the race:
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Worry McCain Would Be Too Similar to Bush
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama discusses his chat Bill Clinton  —  (CNN) — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are moving on.  —  In Obama's first comments about his widely-covered phone conversation with the former president Monday morning, the Illinois senator said the two did not dwell on the prolonged and at times divisive primary race.
Discussion: and Spin Cycle
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Andrew Bacevich: Ignoring Inconvenient Facts  —  Bush-loathing scholar Andrew Bacevich has taken to the Boston Globe to pen a screed documenting the horrible misdeeds perpetrated by the administration.  Bacevich even ordered his complaints in a tidy little list:
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 …
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: and QandO
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John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
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New York Times:
Plea for Aid to Avert Starvation
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
In Weighing Death Penalty, a Flaw in Fact
Discussion: Democracy Project
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
New Iraq report: 15 of 18 benchmarks satisfactory
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Helmsley, Dogs' Best Friend, Left Them Billions
Randy Alfred / Wired News:
July 1, 1858: Darwin and Wallace Shift the Paradigm
Kos / Daily Kos:
Rewarding good behavior
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
Is Obama's Gay Marriage Stand Incoherent?
Megan McArdle:
Should I call myself a feminist?
Discussion: American Spectator
McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites
Obama's Pro-Gay Flyers
Atrios / Eschaton:
Everybody's A Critic  —  One thing about blogging during …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Christian Site's Ban on ‘G’ Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics
Arianna Huffington / Real Clear Politics:
Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers