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7:40 PM ET, July 3, 2008


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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Might ‘Refine’ Iraq Timeline  —  Barack Obama in Fargo, N.D. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)  —  FARGO, N.D. - Senator Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot sustain a long-term military presence in Iraq, but added that he would be open to “refine my policies” …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to ‘refine’ Iraq plan  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Thursday backed off his firm promise to withdraw combat forces from Iraq immediately and instead said he could “refine” his plan after his trip to Baghdad later this month.  —  Earlier, a top Obama adviser had said that the senator is not “wedded” to a specific timeline.
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
Is Barack Obama softening his Iraq withdrawal time line?
Google must divulge YouTube log  —  Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.  —  The ruling comes as part of Google's legal battle with Viacom over allegations of copyright infringement.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Corrente and
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Ruling Will Expose Viewing Habits of YouTube Users  —  Yesterday, in the Viacom v. Google litigation, the federal court for the Southern District of New York ordered Google to produce to Viacom (over Google's objections): … The court's order grants Viacom's request and erroneously ignores …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Judge Orders Google to Turn Over YouTube Records
Joe Rospars /
Response from Barack on FISA and Discussion with Policy Staff  —  Barack is on the road today, but he wrote a response that he asked be posted on the blog.  You'll find it below.  —  In addition, for the next 30 minutes or so, three members of our policy staff will be in the comments on this post to respond to any questions you have.
Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
My Position On FISA  —  Today, Barack Obama posted a message …
Discussion: Moue Magazine, The Trail and RADAMISTO
Matthew Yglesias:
I'm Worried  —  David Broder: … And yet here we are in 2008.  And I don't think anyone can seriously dispute that the current President of the United States violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or any number of legal commitments to refrain from torture.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
One Nation No More?  —  Civics Needs a Boost, but Our Identity Endures
ABC News:
Plasma, LCDs blamed for accelerating global warming  —  Audio: Flat screen TVs ‘contribute to global warming’ (The World Today)  —  A gas used in the making of flat screen televisions, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), is being blamed for damaging the atmosphere and accelerating global warming.
Douglas J. Feith / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Went to War in Iraq  —  A lot of poor commentary has framed the Iraq war as a conflict of “choice” rather than of “necessity.”  In fact, President George W. Bush chose to remove Saddam Hussein from power because he concluded that doing so was necessary.
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
A short but sweet gathering  —  Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee are toying with a convention scheduling change that has been broached before in theory but never seriously considered: cutting the party's conclave in Denver short by one day to give Obama an extra …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Caroline Kennedy: The reluctant operative
Discussion: The Political Carnival and MSNBC
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Montana Presidential Election  —  Montana: Obama Leads McCain By Five  —  Barack Obama is leading John McCain by five percentage points in Montana.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Obama attracting 48% of the vote while McCain earns 43%.
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
‘She deceived us,’ mayor says about jazz singer  —  Opting for black anthem ‘a very bad decision,’ says City Council boss Hancock  —  Sen. Barack Obama said today a jazz singer's decision to sing the ‘Black National Anthem’ at Denver's State of the City speech this week was wrong.
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Allies Find Finance-Law Holes  —  Governors' Fund Recruits Big Donors; Bid to Catch Obama  —  Allies of Sen. John McCain have found new loopholes in the campaign-finance law he helped write — and they're using them to reel in huge contributions to help him compete with Sen. Barack Obama.
Sharon Weinberger / Wired News:
U.S. Arms Dealer Tests Legal Bounds in Middle East Arms Bazaar  —  Defense Solutions has proposed teaming with the Russian arms-export agency, Rosoboronexport, for several arms deals, including supplying Mi-17 helicopters to Afghanistan.  Rosoboronexport is blacklisted by the U.S. government …
David Matthews / The Hill:
Philly radio station refuses to run Democratic ad  —  A Philadelphia news radio station has rejected a Democratic ad that features an impersonator of President Bush thanking GOP congressional candidates for supporting the “Big Oil” agenda.  —  Philadelphia KYW-AM Vice President …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
The '60s Begin to Fade as Liberal Professors Retire  —  MADISON, Wis. — When Michael Olneck was standing, arms linked with other protesters, singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” in front of Columbia University's library in 1968, Sara Goldrick-Rab had not yet been born.
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Fox News:
Bush Says No ‘Imminent’ Decision on Guantanamo
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog
Matthew Yglesias:
Star Wars In Order
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama: Mental distress can't justify late abortion
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Doughty / Daily Mail:
Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK's top judge
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
CNN Poll: Voters say both candidates likeable, flip-floppers
Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Elitism Problem
Discussion: Emptywheel
Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive Magazine Feed:
Why I'm Not Patriotic  —  It's July 4th again, a day of near …
Discussion: The Corner and BLACKFIVE
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Iran will halt enrichment if West removes sanctions
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Candidates' Vices: Craps and Poker
Discussion: The Corner and The Jed Report
Emily Andrews / Daily Mail:
White man convicted of racial abuse after making ‘honky’ …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Post:
FISA Follies  —  THE CONTENTIOUS issue of whether telecommunications …
G-A-Y / Good As You:
AFA: Now trying to tarnish Golden Arches
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
McCain Flips At Legit Question
Junaid M. Afeef / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Should Embrace His Muslim Heritage
Discussion: Pajamas Media and
Deputy Chief of Staff to leave White House

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Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Tim Reynolds / Associated Press:
The NBA's Board of Governors approves the league's next media rights deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon Prime Video; WBD could still match one of the deals

Jennifer Maas / Variety:
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