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10:10 AM ET, July 9, 2008

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CNN:
Iraq official: U.S. could be out by 2011  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A deadline should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Iraq, and the pullout could be done by 2011, an Iraqi government spokesman said Tuesday.  —  Ali al-Dabbagh said any timetable would depend on …
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Washington Post:
Candidates Refine Their Stances on a Changing Iraq  —  Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday dismissed criticism that he is abandoning his principles to move toward the political center, saying he has been consistent in embracing moderate views on several issues, especially his belief that pulling U.S. troops …
Discussion: New York Times and Pirate's Cove
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain Dismisses Iraqi Idea of Troop Withdrawal
Discussion: TIME.com
US News:
GOP Convention Planners Want Bush Out of the Picture  —  Give the president a first-night speech, and then get him out of town before McCain arrives  —  Sen. John McCain's plans are gradually unfolding for the Republican National Convention in September as he tries to walk a tightrope between conflicting demands.
Discussion: Salon, MSNBC, MyDD and PoliPundit.com
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Networks may limit convention coverage  —  Major television networks are considering curtailing coverage of the Democratic National Convention after Monday's announcement that Barack Obama will accept his party's nomination in a Denver stadium.  —  According to several broadcast executives …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Romney tight-lipped on Bush's convention role
Discussion: TIME.com
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
One nation, not just speaking English  —  After a substantial speech decrying the current state of bankruptcy law in the United States, Barack Obama took a few questions from the audience in Powder Springs, Georgia on Tuesday morning.  One young woman asked whether there was anything …
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama proposes bankruptcy changes
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Obama Donors Aren't Rushing to Aid Clinton  —  A prominent donor to Senator Barack Obama recently sent an e-mail plea to other supporters, asking them — for the sake of Democratic unity — to write checks to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to help retire her $23 million in campaign debt.
Reuters:
Iran tests missiles, vows to hit back if attacked  —  TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran test-fired nine missiles on Wednesday and warned the United States and Israel it was ready to retaliate if they attacked the Islamic Republic over its disputed nuclear projects.  —  Washington, which says Iran …
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Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Iran's missile tests divide Obama and McCain
Discussion: Guardian and JammieWearingFool
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Test-Fires Missiles, Reports Say
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Losing the Latino Vote  —  McCain's prospects don't look good.  —  PLENTY OF COMMENTATORS, including yours truly, argued during the Democratic primaries that Barack Obama had shown a weakness with Latino voters which could last through the general election and help John McCain on Election Day.
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Candidates woo Hispanic advocacy group
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Times
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Atheist soldier sues Army for ‘unconstitutional’ discrimination  —  KANSAS CITY, Kansas (CNN) — Army Spc. Jeremy Hall was raised Baptist.  —  Like many Christians, he said grace before dinner and read the Bible before bed.  Four years ago when he was deployed to Iraq, he packed his Bible so he would feel closer to God.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
3 Police and 3 Gunmen Die in Attack on U.S. Post in Turkey  —  PARIS — Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Turkish security guards outside the United States Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday and at least three officers were killed, the governor of Istanbul said.
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Murad Sezer / Associated Press:
Attack outside US consulate in Turkey, 6 dead
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Hot Air
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
July Leader Lost in 6 of Last 9 Competitive U.S. Elections  —  Convention period could prove crucial in determining the winner  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In 9 of the past 15 U.S. presidential elections, the candidate who was leading in Gallup polling roughly four months before the election ultimately won the popular vote for president.
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
AFL-CIO aims to split vets from McCain  —  The AFL-CIO is launching a new television ad tomorrow in six states trying to deter union members who happen to be veterans from supporting Sen. John McCain, a decorated Navy fighter pilot who was shot down over Hanoi and held as a prisoner of war.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Reviving Redistributionism  —  New data from the IRS will be out in a few weeks on who pays how much in taxes.  My contacts at the Treasury Department tell me that for the first time in decades, and perhaps ever, the richest 1% of tax filers will have paid more than 40% of the income tax burden.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
McCain Plan to Aid States on Health Could Be Costly  —  PIKESVILLE, Md. — If Senator John McCain's radical plan for remaking American health care is to work, he will have to find a way to cover people like Chaim Benamor, 52, a self-employed renovator in this Baltimore suburb.
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Elizabeth Scalia / Pajamas Media:   Socialized Medicine Looks Inevitable
Kevin Krause / Dallas City Hall Blog:
Dallas County meeting turns racial  —  A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.  —  County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton, Bush Advisers Steeped in Crisis Join Forces  —  Penn and Hughes Also Have Sights Set on Comeback  —  WASHINGTON — Two hard-charging political operatives are teaming up to create a bipartisan consulting organization to advise corporations in crisis — as they work to burnish their own reputations as well.
Discussion: Think Progress and TIME.com
The Politico:
In theory, economists support McCain  —  The endorsement could hardly have been stronger.  On Monday, John McCain's campaign released a statement signed by 300 economists who “enthusiastically support” his “Jobs for America” economic plan, providing a heavyweight testimonial …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Spin Cycle
 
 
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Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Multiculturalism Run Amok
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