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12:25 AM ET, July 6, 2008


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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Civics  —  A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn't George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher?  Wouldn't it be something if his post-presidential life would up being that kind of post-service service?  How's that for a model?  Who needs Harvard visiting chairs and high-end lectures?
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama backs late, mental-health abortion  —  Sen. Barack Obama clarified his position today on mental-health exceptions to late-term abortions, saying he supports such exceptions and that comments he made during a recent magazine interview shouldn't be interpreted as opposing them.
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Rove Hits Obama on Abortion Issue
Discussion: Commentary, The Swamp and
John Tagliabue / New York Times:
Why Fly When You Can Float?  —  The view inside the cabin of a Zeppelin NT during a flight over southern Germany.  The dirigible can carry 12 sightseers.  More Photos >  —  PARIS — Imagine gliding in a floating hotel over the Serengeti, gazing down at herds of zebra or elephants …
Discussion: Boing Boing and The Impolitic
Spiegel Online:
Obama Refines Plans for Germany Trip  —  Barack Obama's planned European tour might make a major whistlestop in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.  The candidate's schedule isn't set, but a Berlin appearance before the end of July looks likely.  —  Plans for a visit by Barack Obama …
Discussion: Lynn Sweet, and CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The political establishment and telecom immunity — why it matters  —  Nancy Soderberg was deputy national security advisor and an ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration.  Today, she has an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times defending the FISA bill and telecom amnesty.
Nancy Soderberg / Los Angeles Times:
A good-enough spy law
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Pauline Arrillaga / Associated Press:
Americans' unhappy birthday: ‘Too much wrong right now’  —  Even folks in the Optimist Club are having a tough time toeing an upbeat line these days.  —  Eighteen members of the volunteer organization's Gilbert, Ariz., chapter have gathered, a few days before this nation's 232nd birthday …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Iran Says Nuclear Policy Is Unchanged  —  PARIS — Iran's nuclear policy has not changed, an Iranian government spokesman said Saturday in Tehran, confirming that Iran would not comply with Security Council resolutions requiring it to stop enriching uranium.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
McCain Battles a Nemesis, the Teleprompter  —  LAS VEGAS —Senator John McCain was performing relatively smoothly as he unveiled his energy plan.  —  He managed to limit the mechanical hand chops and weirdly timed smiles that can often punctuate his speeches.
Stuart MacDonald / Times of London:
Sniffer dogs to wear ‘Muslim’ bootees  —  Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.  —  Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives.
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Rising Convention Costs and Delays Worry Democrats  —  For all Senator Barack Obama's success at raising money and generating excitement among voters, he faces a daunting challenge as he prepares to claim the nomination in August: a Democratic convention effort marred by costly setbacks and embarrassing delays.
Joel B. Pollak / Washington Post:
Teaching Arabic and Propaganda  —  At Harvard, the star of Arabic A is a girl named Maha.  Maha Muhammed Abulaal, to be precise.  She's the pouty protagonist in the melodrama that runs throughout “Al-Kitaab,” the standard beginning text in Arabic classes at Harvard and other American universities.
Rasmussen Reports:
Libertarians Favor Obama and Other Looks at Election 2008  —  Libertarian voters make up 4% of the nation's likely voters and they favor Barack Obama over John McCain by a 53% to 38% margin.  Three percent (3%) would vote for some other candidate and 5% are not sure.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John McCain: ‘I hate the bloggers’  —  John McCain, Town Hall Meeting, Merrimack, NH 12/29/07  —  Hey right wing bloggers.  I think he's talking about you too. … I'm giddy with the thought that he isn't very fond of me.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Inside Mugabe's Violent Crackdown  —  Notes, Witnesses Detail How Campaign Was Conceived and Executed by Leader, Aides  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — President Robert Mugabe summoned his top security officials to a government training center near his rural home in central Zimbabwe on the afternoon of March 30.
Discussion: Redstate and On Deadline
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Obama and Clinton to Work Hard for the Money  —  Fresh from their love-in at Unity, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will collect cash together for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee in New York City next week.  —  Mr. Obama, who is in the midst of a spree …
Associated Press:   Obama, Clinton to hold joint fundraisers in NY
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Tom Hayden / The Huffington Post:
No Retreat: If you Want to Win, Stop the War! Barack at Risk
Discussion: Hot Air and
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
How Jesse Helms Made a Difference
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Montana, Obama Tries to Rally Support on Iraq
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Colombia Releases Video of Jungle Rescue
Damozel / The Moderate Voice:
Iran's Position Unchanged Despite Offered Incentives Package
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
Man rips head off Hitler waxwork at Berlin's Madame Tussauds
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain to get air cover from vets
Matthew Yglesias:
The Helms Legacy  —  One fascinating thing about the death …
Faiz / Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: Ten Years Ago, Bin Laden Demanded Barrel Of Oil Should Cost $144
Discussion: Reuters and DownWithTyranny!
Karl / protein wisdom:
The corn-fueled economy and the corn-fueled candidate
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Wesley Clark ‘moving on’
Gateway Pundit:
Murtha Does It Again!... Says US Troops Just Break Down Doors …

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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