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1:55 PM ET, July 7, 2008


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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Jesse Helms, White Racist  —  This column appeared in The Post Aug. 29, 2001 — one week after Jesse Helms, who died Friday, announced his retirement from the Senate.  —  (Have an idea for RePosted?  Send it to  —  Those who believe that the “liberal press” …
Marc Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Jesse Helms You Should Remember  —  With the passing of Sen. Jesse Helms, the media have demonstrated one final time that they never fully understood the power or impact of this great man.  Consider, for example, The Post's obituary of Helms; here are some things you would not learn about his life and legacy by reading it:
William Kristol / New York Times:
So Where's Murphy?  —  From the gun clubs of Northern Virginia to the sports bars of Capitol Hill — wherever D.C.-area Republicans gather — you hear the question:  —  “Where's Murphy?”  —  “Murphy” is Mike Murphy, the 46-year-old G.O.P. strategist who masterminded John McCain's 2000 primary race …
CNN:   McCain campaign gets new political director
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
FARC's ‘Human Rights’ Friends  —  As we learn more about the Colombian military's daring hostage rescue last week, one detail stands out: In tricking FARC rebels into putting the hostages aboard a helicopter, undercover special forces simply told the comandantes that the aircraft was being loaned …
Discussion: EU Referendum and Stop The ACLU
Zogby Poll: Building Mo-bama!  Democrat Leads McCain in Electoral College Tally, 273-158...  The Democrat also leads 44% to 38% in the nationwide horserace test as Libertarian Bob Barr wins 6%  —  UTICA, New York - As the race for President passes the Independence Day holiday and heads toward …
Dean Yates / Reuters:
Iraq says may agree timetable for U.S. withdrawal  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the prospect on Monday of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops as part of negotiations over a new security agreement with Washington.
Dr. iRack / abu muqawama:
SOFA Cushions
The Politico:
Obama's apple pie campaign  —  On June 19, Barack Obama released his first television advertisement, a multi-million dollar, 18-state production that conveyed the core of his campaign's goal this summer: To establish his American cultural normalcy.  —  Obama offered a clear new version …
Associated Press:
Poll: Old used most for McCain, change for Obama
Discussion: The Fix, Open Left and MSNBC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Behind the Bush Bust  —  By huge margins, Americans think the economy is in lousy shape — and they blame President Bush.  This fact, more than anything else, makes it hard to see how the Democrats can lose this election.  —  But is the public right to be so disgusted with Mr. Bush's economic leadership?
Christian Group Launches “Abortion President” Campaign against Barack Obama  —  Oh my.  The fight against Barack Obama on abortion has officially begun.  The Christian Defense Coalition, who are known to shock folks from time to time, have come up with a new campaign called: “Barack Obama: The Abortion President”.
2008 Democratic National Convention News:
Democrats Throw Open Doors Of Convention, Obama To Accept Presidential Nomination On Closing Night Of 2008 Democratic National Convention In Front Of A Crowd Of More Than 75,000  —  Final Day of Convention Program to Move to Denver's INVESCO Field at Mile High
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 …
Ben / Think Progress:
Lieberman: After Iran wipes out Israel and ‘Arab countries’ in the Middle East, 'we're next!'  —  Yesterday on ABC's This Week, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I- CT), chief surrogate for Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) presidential campaign, complained that the “Iranians have consistently” refused to suspend its uranium enrichment.
Discussion: Eschaton
White House:
President Bush Meets with President Medvedev of Russia at G8 Summit  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: I want to thank the President for a good, meaningful discussion.  It's the first time Dmitriy and I met since he has become President of his big country, and we had a good discussion.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Faces Resistance From Top Supporters of Clinton  —  Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, faces dissent from dozens of top fund-raisers and other supporters of former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, who are angry over how she was treated during their bruising primary battle …
Steven Greenhut / Orange County Register:
An agenda for a ‘politics of aspiration’  —  The GOP might want to keep it handy after the coming debacle  —  Steven Greenhut  —  Syndicated columnist Bob Novak, writing about the surprising number of conservatives who are backing Democrat Barack Obama rather than Republican John McCain …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Don't Talk About the War  —  Gail Sheehy's Clinton campaign post-mortem …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eschaton
Associated Press:
Kennedy's wife says he's handling treatment well
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Iraq City Has Brittle Calm and War Scars
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matthew Yglesias:
Very Clever  —  You can tell that Republicans haven't really lost …
Discussion: The New Republic
New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Kills 40 in Afghan Capital
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Sued Over Political Bias
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Where the Race for the White House Stands Right Now
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
The Last Nominee To Deliver Acceptance Speech In Stadium?  Yup — It Was JFK
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Unyielding Self-Parody  —  Mark Morford is rapidly becoming …
Discussion: protein wisdom
John McCain 2008:
Economists' Statement on John McCain's Jobs for America Economic Plan
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why some conservatives are backing Obama
Michelle Malkin:
The “C” in CNN stands for clueless
Mary Beth Marklein / USA Today:
Illegal immigrants face threat of no college
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama
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