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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” …
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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?
BBC:
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 Newshoggers.com
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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 / my.barackobama.com:
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.
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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.
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
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CNN:
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Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive Magazine Feed:
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Jerusalem Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Time:
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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 …
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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 pandagon.net
CNN:
Deputy Chief of Staff to leave White House