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12:30 PM ET, July 9, 2008


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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Maliki's Withdrawal Card  —  A year ago, the conventional Beltway wisdom had it that Iraq was a failed state.  Today, the same wisdom holds that it is less chaotic but still fragile, dependent entirely on a U.S. presence to survive.  But judging by recent comments from Nouri al-Maliki, even this view may be out of date.
U.S. Rejects Iraqi Demand for Timetable on Troop Withdrawal
Discussion: alicublog
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
McCain's Answer to Maliki
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Washington Post:
Iran Test-Fires Long-Range Missile  —  Iran said today it had test-fired a long-range missile capable of reaching Israel and U.S. troops in the region, a step promptly condemned by the Bush administration as heightening tensions over the country's suspected nuclear weapons program.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Trail
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iran tests missiles again, candidates react
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Macsmind
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 …
US News:
GOP Convention Planners Want Bush Out of the Picture
Discussion: CNN, Salon, MSNBC, MyDD and
David Von Drehle / Time:
The Veep Picks: What's the Rush?
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
SENATE TICK-TOCK ON THE FISA BILL  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  The Senate is finally expected to wrap up the bill updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act today, which includes the controversial provision of retroactive immunity for telecom companies facing lawsuit.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
QUITE A STATEMENT  —  People say a lot of things about Social Security — a lot of it nonsense.  But I haven't heard something like this in a long time.  John McCain says that Social Security, as originally conceived more than 70 years ago, is an “absolute disgrace.”
Discussion: DemConWatch and A Tiny Revolution
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Dallas county official: “Black hole” is racist!
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Nitya / Political Punch:
Jesse Ventura To Run for Senate?  —  In an interview with NPR's David Welna that ran today former Gov. Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Ind-Minn., sounds like he may run for Senate, challenging incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., whom Ventura defeated for governor in 1998, as well as Democratic nominee …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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: The Caucus, Think Progress and
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups  —  Two prominent national nonprofit groups are reeling from public disclosures that large sums of money were misappropriated in unrelated incidents by an employee and a former employee.  —  The groups, Acorn, one of the country's largest community …
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Michelle Malkin:
15 things you should know about “The Race”
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Women Prominent in Defense Movement
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Latin Lovers  —  Como se dice “pander” en Español?
Discussion: The Corner
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Hagee's Desperate News Suppression Campaign Backfires
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Monolingual Americans?  —  I was watching Obama complain …
Edwards would ‘seriously consider’ VP offer
Wall Street Journal:
Reviving Redistributionism
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
3 Police and 3 Gunmen Die in Attack on U.S. Post in Turkey
Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ex-Rep. Condit loses a Chandra Levy defamation case