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2:35 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:
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
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”.
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 …
McCain campaign gets new political director
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   Obama to accept nomination at football stadium
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
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 …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN CAMP HITS OBAMA ON TAXES  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  Flat-taxer Steve Forbes went after Obama on taxes, claiming Obama's tax proposals would “devastate” the American economy.  He said that even though Obama now says he will cut taxes for the low-income to middle-class voters …
Matthew Yglesias:
Very Clever  —  You can tell that Republicans haven't really lost their touch for the political game because the RNC's latest ad on energy ends on a talking point brilliantly designed to appeal to the lousy instincts of the brain-dead campaign press corps: … And it's true.
Discussion: The New Republic
Ali / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Claims He ‘Was Proud To Support’ GI Bill That He Voted Against  —  GOP Rep. Claims He ‘Was Proud To Support’ GI Bill That He Voted Against  —  Last week, President Bush signed into law a new GI Bill that doubled educational benefits for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Los Angeles Times:
Brothers' backfire saves family compound in Big Sur
Discussion: Freespace
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Sharon Weinberger / Danger Room:
Forgery Alleged in Weldon Firm's Iraqi Arms Deal
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STEPPING BACK  —  I believe we're at one of those moments …
Los Angeles Times:
Zimbabwe youth militias accused of holding women as sex slaves
Rick Maze / Navy Times:
Obama: I need to earn troops' respect
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
 Earlier Items: 
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. Sued Over Political Bias
Ben / Think Progress:
Lieberman: After Iran wipes out Israel and 'Arab countries …
Discussion: Eschaton
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
The Last Nominee To Deliver Acceptance Speech In Stadium?  Yup — It Was JFK
Discussion: MyDD, Spin Cycle and Donklephant
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Behind the Bush Bust
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Faces Resistance From Top Supporters of Clinton
Steven Greenhut / Orange County Register:
An agenda for a ‘politics of aspiration’