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1:10 AM ET, July 8, 2008


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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
WEBB DOESN'T WANT TO BE VP  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  Virginia Sen. Jim Webb just issued a statement from his Senate office saying that — “[u]nder no circumstances” — does he want to be considered as Obama's veep.  “Last week I communicated to Sen. Obama and his presidential campaign …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Search Team Begins To Vet  —  Barack Obama's vice presidential selection team has begun to ask potential candidates for information and documents, a signal that the formal vetting phase of the search process has begun.  —  Last week, members of the team gave Sen. James Webb of VA …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Webb: “Under No Circumstances Will I Be A Candidate For Vice President”
Discussion: Truthdig and Democratic Strategist
Krooney /
Cross Webb Off Obama Veep List
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs, The Swamp and Slog
Progress Now Action:
Contact: Michael Huttner 303-931-4547 cell  —  DENVER, Colo.-On orders from Senator John McCain's security detail, Denver police escorted a 61-year-old woman away who was waiting in line to attend a so-called town hall meeting with McCain that was billed as open to the public.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Librarian Booted From McCain Event in Denver
Amanda / Think Progress:
Librarian with ‘McCain=Bush’ sign charged with trespassing at public campaign event.
Discussion: Associated Press and Majikthise
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT  —  I think we may have come to that moment, that quick turn of events, that encapsulates the fact that there is apparently no limit to the howlers and nonsense that John McCain can throw out and still not generate collective guffaws or even scrutiny from the national political press.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Skepticism on McCain Plan To Balance Budget by 2013
Discussion: Economist's View
Marc Ambinder:
How Will McCain Balance The Budget?
Rick Maze / Military Times HOME:
Obama: I need to earn troops' trust  —  Candidate lays out defense policies, touts his judgment over McCain's, holds civilians accountable for missteps in Iraq  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama knows that to win the vote of current and former military members …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The true test of Obama's Iraq shift
Ross Douthat:
The Case of Jesse Helms  —  The liberal blogosphere wants to know: Why have conservatives lined up to say kind things about the late Jesse Helms?  Partially because nobody wants to speak ill of the dead, but largely because Helms was an sometimes-effective, always-steadfast champion …
David Carr / New York Times:
When Fox News Is the Story  —  Like most working journalists, whenever I type seven letters — Fox News — a series of alarms begins to whoop in my head: Danger. … Once the public relations apparatus at Fox News is engaged, there will be the calls to my editors, keening (and sometimes threatening) …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Post Names Marcus Brauchli Executive Editor  —  Marcus Brauchli has been named executive editor of The Washington Post, returning him to the top ranks of American journalism less than three months after Rupert Murdoch forced him out as the Wall Street Journal's top editor.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Washington Post Names Outsider as Top Editor
Discussion: On Deadline and Romenesko
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FARC YOU, HOSTAGES SAY  —  The three American hostages who were freed in Colombia last week had a party/press conference today in Texas.  They were happy to be home, but also had harsh words for their captors, who held them prisoner in the jungle for more than five years.  Marc Gonsalves spoke:
Robert D. Kaplan / The Current:
Will Israel Attack Iran?  —  As the most pro-Israel administration in Washington since Harry Truman enters its last six months in office, Israel faces a strategic choice.  Will it use the possible indulgence of the Bush Administration to attack Iran's nuclear facilities …
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
A Clintonian at Fox  —  Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for the presidential campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, is going where some Democrats were unwilling to go during the early days of the election season: the Fox News Channel.  —  The network is expected to announce …
Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
Clinton aide Wolfson joins Fox News pack
Rosa Prince / Telegraph:
Toddlers who dislike spicy food ‘racist’  —  Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.  —  The National Children's Bureau, which receives £12 million a year, mainly from Government funded organisations …
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: 2 GOP incumbents barely holding on in South Florida  —  A new poll suggests that two Republican members of Congress from Miami are facing a tight race from their Democratic challengers — the first significant challenge to the incumbents in years.  —  The poll, by Bendixen & Associates …
Kelly Kennedy / Army Times:
Medic in famous photo dies after PTSD struggle  —  During the first week of the war in Iraq, a Military Times photographer captured the arresting image of Army Spc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer as he raced through a battle zone clutching a tiny Iraqi boy named Ali.  —  The photo was hailed as a portrait …
CREW FILES BAR COMPLAINTS AGAINST FORMER JUSTICE DEPT. OFFICIALS ELSTON AND McDONALD  —  7 Jul 2008 // Washington, DC - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed bar complaints against former Department of Justice officials Michael J. Elston and Esther Slater McDonald.
Media Matters for America:
Matthews: “Can Obama now win over the regular folks, white folks, against John McCain?”  —  On the July 7 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews teased an upcoming segment by saying: “They're the working-class white voters Hillary Clinton won and Barack didn't.
Discussion: Shakesville and Group News Blog
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Fiorina's Fuzzy Math  —  This morning at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Carly Fiorina made the case that Obama's proposed tax hike on those who make more than $250,000 a year would be damaging to small businesses. … Okay, let's assume there are now 23 million small businesses in the U.S. today …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Term Limits  —  It really does seem a bit odd that a mayor …
New York Times:
Obama's Campaign Shifts to a Bigger Stage for His Big Night
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Internal Politics Heat Up at McCain Campaign
Discussion: RADAMISTO and
Greg Simmons / Fox News:
D.C. Officials Weigh Keeping Semiautomatic Pistols Illegal …
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama foreign trip details emerge
Discussion: JTA, Top of the Ticket and
Cindy McCain to travel to Rwanda
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ROUGH STUFF  —  The new McCain ad attacking Obama is out and it's a doozy ...
Discussion: Shakesville
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Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae Plunge on Capital Concerns
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Real Joke in Minnesota
Discussion: The Opinionator
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Looks To Redistrict Itself Back Into Power
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Discussion: Shopfloor, Firedoglake and MyDD

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