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9:50 PM ET, July 8, 2008


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Michael Powell / The Caucus:
Obama Addresses Critics on ‘Centrist’ Moves  —  POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Barack Obama had heard quite enough of the complaints that he is pirouetting, leaping, lurching even, toward the political center.  —  He is at heart, he told a crowd in suburban Atlanta, a pretty progressive guy …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Refined Refinements  —  Barack Obama today tried to address directly the question of his shifts to the right in recent weeks.  As he often does when answering criticism, he tried to move the question to a level of abstraction well beyond that of the actual substance at issue, and so, he insists:
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Lurching With Abandon
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Responds to Maliki's Call for an Iraq Withdrawal Timetable  —  Sen. John McCain, who has repeatedly derided anyone who advocated a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, now suddenly finds himself in a political box as the American-backed Iraqi leadership yesterday raised the prospect of exactly that.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama won't try for McCain's budget goal  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama says John McCain's plan to balance the budget doesn't add up.  Easy for him to say: It's not a goal he's even trying to reach.  —  Not only does Obama say he won't eliminate the deficit in his first term …
Discussion: Hot Air and TPM Election Central
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: McCain's campaign relaunch
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!?
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp Responds To Charge That They're Screening Reporter Questions
Discussion: and MoJoBlog
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:   How to Get Your Questions Answered on McCain Conference Calls ...
Plain Dealer / OPENERS:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
The Campaign Spot:
Obama's Third Ad, As Inaccurate As His First Two
Discussion: The Caucus, Hot Air and Redstate
The Hill:
Energy bill out of gas  —  House Democrats are in a bind on the focal point of their energy plan.  —  Worried that a floor vote on any energy-related measure would trigger a Republican-forced vote on domestic drilling, the leadership has scrubbed the floor schedule of the energy legislation …
Roger Boyes / Times of London:
Barack Obama's Berlin visit sparks German diplomatic row  —  Berlin, a city torn apart by war, is the perfect setting for an American president preaching peace.  Ronald Reagan famously stood metres away from the Brandenburg Gate and called on the Soviet Union to tear down the Wall dividing Europe.
Discussion: Macsmind
Steven D. Levitt / Freakonomics:
How Much Does It Cost You in Wages if You “Sound Black?”  —  Fascinating new research by my University of Chicago colleague, Jeffrey Grogger, compares the wages of people who “sound black” when they talk to those who do not.  —  His main finding: blacks who “sound black” …
Discussion: Jezebel
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
McCain jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes  —  PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be “a way of killing 'em.”
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Obama Slams Hoop Dreams for High School Diplomas  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama took a “tough love” message to African American youth, telling that finishing high school is a better route to success in life than an unlikely trip to the NBA or the top of the rap industry.
Discussion: Swampland and
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Our Full Page Ad in the Washington Post Against FISA Bill  —  The vote in the Senate on FISA is scheduled for this week.  Debate starts today, but the vote will probably be pushed until Wednesday due to Jesse Helms' funeral.  —  Today, thanks to your contributions, we're taking out a full page ad …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Back From War, Into Tabloid Territory  —  Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan's Public Private Life  —  After four years of living in Baghdad, war was taking its toll on Lara Logan.  —  As CBS's chief foreign affairs correspondent, she regularly risked her life by accompanying American forces in combat.
Discussion: TVNewser and Shakesville
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
The NY Times sends a Dittohead to interview Rush Limbaugh  —  In his Sunday profile of right-wing talker Rush Limbaugh, New York Times Magazine contributor Zev Chafets set the scene by describing his visit to Limbaugh's studio in Palm Beach, Florida.  Chafets wrote that when he was buzzed …
Discussion: American Spectator
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Warner: Obama Has Strong Chance of Capturing Virginia  —  Reaffirms Desire Not to Serve as Running Mate  —  Former Virginia governor Mark Warner today reaffirmed that he wasn't interested in serving as Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential runningmate because of family concerns, but he left the door wide open to a future national bid.
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Dan Bilefsky / International Herald Tribune:
Unlikely alliance creates pro-Western government for Serbia
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Study: Gays in military would not be disruptive; Update: AOL Hot Seat Poll added
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Glenn Kessler / The Trail:
Gorbachev Decries Presidential Candidates' 'Cold War'-Style Military Spending Plans
Discussion: and Truthdig
Chicago Tribune:
‘Honor killing’ alleged in Georgia
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
DHS Considering Shock Bracelets For All Airline Passengers
Discussion: Prometheus 6 and Daily Kos
Morton H. Halperin / New York Times:
Listening to Compromise  —  TWO years ago, I stated my belief …
Discussion: Eunomia
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Marriage and Caste Watch
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Fake Ark. bouts showing men kissing draw suspicion
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ed Kilgore / Salon:
Edwards opens door wider to veep bid
Errors en Español  —  A Spanish-language McCain radio …
Wall Street Journal:
The Onion Ringer  —  Congress is back in session and oil prices …
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit and MoJoBlog
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Perceive Obama Moving to the Middle
Reza Khalili / Pajamas Media:
Former CIA Agent in Iran Comes In from the Heat