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1:30 PM ET, July 8, 2008


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Los Angeles Times:
Forced servitude in America?  —  The U.S. already has high rates of volunteerism, but that's apparently not good enough for our presidential candidates.  —  There's a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation …
Ali / Think Progress:
Jonah Goldberg compares Obama's national service plan to slavery.  —  Today in a LA Times op-ed, conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg compared Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) plan to encourage volunteerism among students to a form of slavery, suggesting in the first sentence that …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and rubber hose
Marc Ambinder:
Murphy Not Likely To Join McCain Campaign  —  Republican strategist Mike Murphy, caught in a whirlpool of competing currents, does not expect to join the McCain campaign as a strategist, Murphy and people familiar with the situation said this morning.  —  Though Murphy has told associates …
Discussion: MSNBC
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Murphy won't join McCain  —  Mike Murphy, a political consultant who helped Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) mastermind his 2000 campaign, will not be reboarding the Straight Talk Express.  —  “I do not expect to join the campaign,” Murphy said.  “They're my friends, and I wish them well.”
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
As Mike Murphy Turns
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Risky Business  —  The waiters were still clearing the breakfast dishes yesterday when John McCain's most prominent adviser raised the subject of erection enhancement.  —  Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief who is now the Republican National Committee's “Victory Chairman,” …
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama on Iraq  —  BARACK OBAMA has taken a small but important step toward adjusting his outdated position on Iraq to the military and strategic realities of the war he may inherit.  Sadly, he seems to be finding that the strident and rigid posture he struck during the primary campaign …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Obama's “Dogwhistle”  —  Fred Hiatt gives the Left a lesson …
Spengler / Asia Times:
America's special grace  —  To ascribe a special grace to America is outrageous, as outrageous as the idea of special grace itself.  Why shouldn't everyone be saved?  Why aren't all individuals, nations, peoples and cultures equally deserving?  History seems awfully unfair …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:   Spengler Strikes Again
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
August 8, 1974 v. July 9, 2008  —  (updated below)  —  The votes in the Senate on various amendments to the FISA “compromise” bill and to the underlying bill itself were originally scheduled for today, but have been postponed until tomorrow (Wednesday, July 9) to enable Senators to attend the funeral of Jesse Helms.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   Our Full Page Ad in the Washington Post Against FISA Bill
David Corn /
McCain Campaign Screening Questioners?  —  WASHINGTON DISPATCH: Political reporters are wondering if McCain aides are vetting the journalists who ask questions during campaign conference calls for the media.  The evidence suggests they are; the campaign won't say.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Adding up the cost of Obama's agenda  —  Some budget analysts say the Democrat's proposals for funding tens of billions of dollars in programs may not be enough.  —  WASHINGTON — In more than a year of campaigning, Barack Obama has made a long list of promises for new federal programs costing tens …
Reza Khalili / Pajamas Media:
Former CIA Agent in Iran Comes In from the Heat  —  Going public for the first time in an article and interview on Pajamas Media, an Iranian who infiltrated Iran's Revolutionary Guard for the CIA accuses the mullahs of orchestrating — among other things — the 1988 explosion of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Lurching With Abandon  —  In one of the numbers from “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye sings, with a mixture of emotions: “We haven't got the man ... we had when we began.”  —  Back in January when Barack Obama pulled off his stunning win in the Iowa caucuses, and people were lining up in the cold …
Jerusalem Post:
'US won't let Israel attack Iran'  —  The US did not okay an Israeli attack on Iran, Prof. Anthony H. Cordesman, a former Pentagon official and currently the top defense analyst at the ABC TV network, said Monday.  —  Cordesman was speaking during a meeting with Israeli defense analysts held …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
Iran to “hit Tel Aviv, U.S. ships” if attacked
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
$40 Million Health Care Campaign Will Target Some Dems  —  A consortium of progressive groups, think tanks, trade unions and activists are set to launch a $40 million health care campaign to prepare the ground for the next president to sign expanded care early in 2009.
Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
In poll of pet owners, McCain tops Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — If the presidential election goes to the dogs, John McCain is looking like best in show.  —  From George Washington's foxhound “Drunkard” to George W. Bush's terriers “Barney” and “Miss Beazley,” pets are a longtime presidential tradition …
New York Times:
Put War Powers Back Where They Belong  —  THE most agonizing decision we make as a nation is whether to go to war.  Our Constitution ambiguously divides war powers between the president (who is the commander in chief) and Congress (which has the power of the purse and the power to declare war).
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Back From War, Into Tabloid Territory
Discussion: Shakesville and TVNewser
The Hill:
Energy bill out of gas
Discussion: Hot Air and The Foundry
Adam Blickstein /
In 2004, McCain Admitted We'd Leave Iraq if the Iraqi's Wanted Us To
Margaret Spellings / Washington Post:
Save D.C.'s Vouchers
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Napolitano to lead DNC Platform Drafting Committee
The Independent Florida Alligator:
Unbelievable: Obama's flip flops fly in the face of change
Discussion: The Corner and BLACKFIVE
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Perceive Obama Moving to the Middle
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Ad Wars: McCain and the Redefinition of Hope
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias:
What Works  —  Chris Bowers critiques the flip-flop line …
Discussion: The New Republic
Nitya / Political Punch:
Obama's Plane Scare
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House sorry about Berlusconi bio gaffe
Access Hollywood:
PREVIEW: Access Exclusive - Barack Obama & Family Chat With Maria Menounos
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton wields powerful e-mail list
June Kronholz / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Convention Role Being Negotiated
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Taking aim at the next Karl Rove