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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.
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Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Rove Hits Obama on Abortion Issue
Discussion: Commentary, The Swamp and TIME.com
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, TIME.com 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.
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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.
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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
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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 …
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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 NewsBusters.org
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 …