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10:15 AM ET, July 7, 2008


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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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Steve Schmidt's first moves as McCain manager bode new discipline, style  —  Steve Schmidt, the political veteran named last week to run the stuttering presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and save it from itself, has moved quickly to install another veteran of previous Republican campa igns that opposed the Arizona senator.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Conservatives Ready To Battle McCain on Convention Platform  —  Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies of Sen. John McCain in advance of September's Republican National Convention, hoping to prevent his views on global warming, immigration, stem cell research …
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 …
Mary Beth Marklein / USA Today:
Illegal immigrants face threat of no college  —  Some states are making it harder for illegal immigrants to attend college by denying in-state tuition benefits or banning undocumented students.  —  In the past two years, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma have refused in-state tuition benefits …
Michelle Malkin:
The “C” in CNN stands for clueless  —  Take a look at the man on the left in this photo from CPAC 2007:  —  He is Col. George Everett “Bud” Day, the nation's most highly decorated soldier since General Douglas MacArthur.  It was a thrill to meet this genuine American hero in person.  —  Read:
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?
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Romney, McCain's ‘Logical’ Choice, Must Overcome Primary Animus  —  The prerequisites for John McCain's running mate are clear: a Washington outsider with solid economic credentials who isn't associated with President George W. Bush, can fill the vice-presidential attack-dog role …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“What do you think playground bullies grow up to be?”  “Right-wing Republicans.”  —  Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich answers a question.  —  Actually, when I decided I was going to blog this little interview, I planned to feature this line about why our drilling for more oil isn't a good solution to high gas prices:
Discussion: Don Surber
New York Times:   Short-Straw Economics  —  You're a professor of public policy …
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 …
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: Stop The ACLU and Don Surber
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:
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Sunday Talkers Not Kind  —  There was much discussion this Sunday over whether Barack Obama is shifting ground.  Over at This Week, Mark Halperin, Ted Koppel and host George Stephanopoulos were not shy about pointing out the divergence between the old and new Obama.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
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Weighing the Risk  —  TWO weeks ago, over the objections …
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads, 48% to 42%
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