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8:20 PM ET, July 4, 2008


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Former Sen. Jesse Helms dies  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican who became an icon to conservatives, died Friday at the age of 86, a senior congressional source said.  —  The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank …
Steven A. Holmes / New York Times:
Jesse Helms, Conservative Force in the Senate, Dies at 86  —  Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina Senator whose courtly manner and mossy drawl barely masked a hard-edged conservatism that opposed civil rights, gay rights, foreign aid and modern art, died early Friday.  He was 86.
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Bye, Jesse, you left quite a legacy  —  Jesse Helms has died.  As a native and current resident of North Carolina, even today many people I run into outside of this state who know little about it — recognize the name Jesse Helms.  He leaves a long, dark trail of professional racial bigotry …
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Former Senator Jesse Helms Dies at 86
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:   Death of a Conservative Great
Roger Clegg / The Corner:
The Jesse Helms “Racial Quota” Ad
Whitney Woodward / Associated Press:   Former Republican NC Sen. Jesse Helms dies at 86
Former Senator Jesse Helms dead at 86
Discussion: Group News Blog and
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rove's Third Term  —  Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet.  Howard Dean didn't scream.  Hillary Clinton didn't say she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated.  And Wesley Clark didn't impugn John McCain's military service.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PLEASE, PLEASE, REPORTERS WITH BRAINS  —  I spent most of today in bed with some kind of nasty cold.  So I only caught up on any news this evening.  And I must confess to being little short of astounded by the avalanche of press BS I'm reading on Barack Obama's position on Iraq.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
A Man of Seasonal Principles  —  You'll notice Barack Obama is now wearing a flag pin.  Again.  During the primary campaign, he refused to, explaining that he'd worn one after Sept. 11 but then stopped because it “became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism.”
In Praise of Barack Obama  —  Via the AP comes this news that Barack Obama has changed his mind, and is rejecting at least some of the extremism of NARAL, Emily's List, and other radical abortion organizations.  The money graf: … Read on...  Of course, Obama's position here is only confined …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Difference  —  If conservatives want to argue that Barack Obama's been flip-flopping on Iraq, I'll disagree but I could see what they mean.  Charles Krauthammer, however, can't seriously believe that Obama's been “assiduously obliterat[ing] all differences with McCain on national security …
Associated Press:
Bush heckled at new citizen ceremony  —  President heckled during event at Thomas Jefferson's former home  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - President Bush invoked the memory of Thomas Jefferson Friday in welcoming new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Monticello, saying “I'll be proud to call you a fellow American.”
Gateway Pundit:
Nice... Loons Disrupt Bush at July 4th Naturalization Ceremony (Video)  —  Here's another reminder that nothing is sacred to the Left.  —  Nothing...  Code Pink disrupted President Bush at 46th Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony:
Discussion: and TBogg
Daily Mail:
Schoolboys punished with detention for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah  —  Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.  —  Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Condoleezza Rice: ‘I Am Proud Of The Decision’ To Invade Iraq  —  In an interview last March with Bloomberg's Judy Woodruff, the late conservative scholar William F. Buckley said President Bush's legacy would be judged purely on Iraq.  He stressed, “It's important that we acknowledge …
Discussion: On Deadline
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Edwards, Rove to face off in UB debate  —  Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain might not burn up the campaign trail around Western New York this election year, but the University at Buffalo may have scheduled the next best thing.  —  GOP strategist Karl Rove and former Democratic vice …
Why Europe loves Barack Obama  —  By Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst  —  (CNN) — When Barack Obama comes to London, I am certain that 50,000 people will turn out to cheer him on," a British executive assured me when I visited the British capital recently.  —  “Americans?”  I asked.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Associated Press:
National speed limit pushed as gas saver  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Republican senator suggested Thursday that Congress might want to consider reimposing a national speed limit to save gasoline and possibly ease fuel prices.  —  Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia …
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Jeanne Meserve / CNN:
National Mall in monumental disrepair, activists say
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
Happy Birthday, America
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Montana Gets Ready For 4th Of July As Obama Visits And Obama Campaign Ads Air
Discussion: Fox News and DemConWatch
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama and family spend Fourth of July in Montana
Megan McArdle:
Brian Beutler is going to be fine
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Declaration: Timeless and of its time
Matthew Yglesias:
Mixed Feelings  —  My sense every July 4 is that I could get …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Rabble Rousers Post Subversive “Declaration” in NYT
 Earlier Items: 
Robert / Jihad Watch:
What we should be fighting for this July 4  —  1. Freedom of religion
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Team Obama's convention game plan calls for stadium rally
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House says ruling could free detainees in US
Aditya Chakrabortty / Guardian:
Biofuels are prime cause of food crisis - leaked report
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Barack Obama's policy switches are giving the Left whiplash
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Economy? Words Fail Me.

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