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7:45 PM ET, July 6, 2008


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AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
The Obama “Forged Birth Certificate” Myth Is Busted  —  Welcome Hot Air and Little Green Footballs Readers  —  May I suggest much more important topics such as Our Pending Victory In Iraq, The Determination Of Our Soldiers To Succeed In Iraq, Obama's Flip-Flops, and Nagging Problems On Flight 93 Memorial.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Is There Legitimate Doubt About Obama's Eligibility to be President?  —  I had not caught up until today with this apparent controversy over whether the Hawaii birth certificate proffered by Obama's campaign is a forgery and whether there are legitimate questions about whether he was born …
McCain campaign questions Obama's words  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain's campaign said Sunday that Barack Obama's remarks on Iraq “have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends.”  —  “He has held almost every conceivable position in the course of his relatively brief career in the Senate …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Mike Allen / The Politico:
$3 million ad targets Obama on energy  —  An independent-expenditure arm of the Republican National Committee has begun a 10-day, $3 million ad campaign in swing states attacking Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as “just the party line.”  —  The 30-second ad, called “Balance,” …
Discussion: MyDD, Hot Air and
CBS News:
Kerry: McCain's Judgment Is Dangerous
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
New RNC Ads Go After Obama on Energy
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Wake up America
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Tipping Point In Iraq?  —  The Mosul campaign is a final and critical one, and Marie Colvin, an excellent and seasoned reporter, has very encouraging news: … The use of female suicide bombers - often the bereaved family members of, er, former suicide bombers - is another sign of the Jihadists' desperation.
Judgment on Iraq: Sorting right from wrong
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and New York Times
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Iraqi Parties, After Meetings in Finland, Agree on Principles to Guide Further Talks
Armed Liberal / Winds of Change.NET:
Yglesias Picks Up Shovel, Digs  —  In a more thoughtful followup (not hard!) to his earlier paean to Mother England, Yglesias goes on to say one sensible thing about patriotism: … He then drives directly off the rails. … No Matthew, you marvelous Harvard-trained Atlantic columnist you …
Discussion: The Corner, BLACKFIVE and Dean's World
Matthew Yglesias:
Contingency, Irony, Patriotism
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Chimpy McHitlerburton's smirky rodeo ride through history, 25: the last slice of Saddam cake eaten by secret greedy killbots  —  From the AP: … Now, before you dull, neocon chickenhawk dupes (whose gullibility encouraged smarter and more discriminating Dem congresspeople to set aside …
Washington Post:
Supreme Slip-Up  —  A recent high court ruling is factually flawed.  The justices should correct it.  —  WHEN A NEWSPAPER gets its facts wrong, it's supposed to publish a correction, and, if someone's reputation has been harmed, a retraction and apology.  It can be embarrassing …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Glenn Beck on how the US should treat Gitmo detainees: We're …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Bill Clinton On Unstable ex-POWs  —  Bill Clinton is speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he said just now, apropos of almost nothing (actually, during a long peroration on Nelson Mandela): “Every living soul on this planet has some highly-justified anger.  Everyone.
Matt / Think Progress:
Fred Barnes's Advice To McCain: Revive Your Struggling Campaign By Using Gay-Bashing As A Wedge  —  Discussing Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) struggling campaign on Fox News Sunday today, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes argued that McCain “needs to pay attention to the right.”
The Politico:
Obama's own voice may haunt him  —  Barack Obama has proved to be a difficult target to hit — just ask Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Opposition researchers, though, hope that they've found a weapon to wound Obama in his own voice as recorded for the Grammy Award-winning audio version of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HELMS.  —  Like Matt, I'm a bit surprised to see conservatives heaping praise on Jesse Helms.  Helms was an awful bigot with a secondary interest in destroying international institutions and increasing tobacco subsidies.  The liberal equivalent would be a Communist fellow traveler who later …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
American Energy Policy, Asleep at the Spigot  —  Correction Appended  —  JUST three years ago, with oil trading at a seemingly frothy $66 a barrel, David J. O'Reilly made what many experts considered a risky bet.  Outmaneuvering Chinese bidders and ignoring critics who said he overpaid …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama backtracks on late-term abortions.  —  Does he think we won't notice?  First, he limited the health exception to “serious physical” things: … Then, he switched!  He now wants a mental health exception! … So as long as a woman can get her “blues” classified by a medical health professional as …
Washington Post:
First Person Singular  —  Jim Webb, U.S. senator (D-Va.) and author  —  The most disciplined thing I've ever done in my life is probably the act of writing a book — and novels are harder than nonfiction.  People tend to think, Oh, novels, you just start writing a story, and, you know, let the muse take you.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Peter Gosselin / Los Angeles Times:
Working without a net
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
DuHaime Joins McCain Operation as Political Director
Discussion:, PoliGazette and Gothamist
Don Surber:
Arugula causes global warming
Associated Press:
Afghan officials: US missiles killed 27 civilians
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Obama, McCain split over Afghan strategy
Holland Cotter / New York Times:
Buddha's Caves  —  SAND is implacable here in far western China.
Discussion: The Agonist
Faiz / Think Progress:
CNN revisits the Bush's administration's Iraq war deception.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
For Republicans, the Senate outlook is bad
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Wulfhorst / Reuters:
Some coffee fans get grim delight in Starbucks woes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Stephen Hunter / Washington Post:
Leading Men  —  Barack Obama and John McCain Want the Biggest Role …
Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
The Fear Democrats Can Jettison
Discussion: TownHall Blog and TalkLeft
Kevin Ferris /
Back Channels: He's brave and he's honest
Karl / protein wisdom:
Lefty blogs got no lovin' for AP's Loven
Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
Moon mistaken for UFO
Discussion: Wake up America
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Wall-E for President  —  SO much for a July Fourth week spent …

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