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5:00 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:
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 …
Gateway Pundit:
DEM SHOCKER!!... Speaker Pelosi Was Sending Messages to FARC Terrorists While Undermining Colombian Government!  —  New information reveals that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was indirectly sending messages to the FARC.  The Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is designated as a terrorist group by the US government.
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
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 …
Discussion: Eunomia
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Webb Takes Himself Out of VP Race  —  Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has taken himself out of the running to be Barack Obama's vice presidential pick, telling the Democratic nominee's campaign that he would not accept an offer to join the ticket if one was forthcoming.
Chris Dodd / The Huffington Post:
Opponents of Retroactive Immunity Live To Fight Another Day
Discussion: MyDD and Shopfloor
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.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Suicide attack on Indian embassy kills 41 in Afghanistan  —  KABUL (AFP) — A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the Indian embassy in Kabul on Monday, killing 41 people and wounding nearly 150 others in the deadliest attack here since the 2001 fall of the Taliban, officials said.
Discussion: Informed Comment and Spin Cycle
Associated Press:
McCain touts plan to create jobs, help workers  —  Wants double child deductions, refundable individual and family tax credits  —  PHOENIX - Republican John McCain on Monday promoted his plan for reviving the stumbling U.S. economy, looking to deflect criticism from Democrat Barack Obama …
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!?
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Looks To Redistrict Itself Back Into Power
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
Where the Race for the White House Stands Right Now
Associated Press:
Poll: Old used most for McCain, change for Obama  —  The top 10 answers people volunteered when asked to describe presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday.  Included is the percentage of people who gave each answer.
Discussion: The Fix, Open Left and MSNBC
The Politico:
Obama's apple pie campaign
Discussion: The Swamp and The Next Right
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Firedoglake:
First Monday: Politics, The SCOTUS Term, And What It Means For Us All  —  [Today is the next installment of the First Monday series in conjunction with Alliance for Justice.  We are pleased to have Slate's Dahlia Lithwick here to discuss the recently concluded SCOTUS term and its implications.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
The Real Joke in Minnesota
Discussion: The Opinionator
Hurricane Bertha gains strength
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Republicans Go Retro With Hapless Flip-Flop Attack
John Brummett / Arkansas News Bureau:
Huckabee extols our tough politics
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Hotline On Call:
Unscheduled Landing  —  Barack Obama just spoke to the press …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA: Dialing For The Rule Of Law
Los Angeles Times:
Brothers' backfire saves family compound in Big Sur
Discussion: Freespace
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Let them (refuse to) eat cake
 Earlier Items: 
Ali / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Claims He ‘Was Proud To Support’ GI Bill That He Voted Against
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STEPPING BACK  —  I believe we're at one of those moments …
Matthew Yglesias:
Don't Talk About the War  —  Gail Sheehy's Clinton campaign post-mortem …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eschaton
Matthew Yglesias:
Very Clever  —  You can tell that Republicans haven't really lost …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Sued Over Political Bias
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!?
Ben / Think Progress:
Lieberman: After Iran wipes out Israel and 'Arab countries …
Discussion: Eschaton
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Faces Resistance From Top Supporters of Clinton

From Techmeme:

David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Xiaomi unveils the Mix Fold 4, starting at ~$1,237, and the Mix Flip, its first flip foldable, with a 4.01" cover display, starting at ~$825, available in China

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