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1:10 PM ET, July 9, 2008


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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  But judging by recent comments from Nouri al-Maliki, even this view may be out of date.
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iran test-fires missiles in Persian Gulf  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles Wednesday during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any U.S. and Israeli attack, state television reported.
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.
Alan Cowell / International Herald Tribune:
Iran reportedly test-fires 9 missiles
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Tomorrow's anti-Obama email today
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Dishonest or Stupid?  —  Via Jim Geraghty I see Obama …
Discussion: small dead animals
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Today's coverup of surveillance crimes and Barack Obama  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  What we learned in December, 2005 that George Bush and the telecoms were doing — listening in on the private conversations of American citizens without warrants — is a felony under clear U.S. law …
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
Washington Post:
FISA's Fetters  —  THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union …
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The New Republic and The Swamp
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.”
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
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Moonbattery
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 …
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 …
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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AMERICAN MORNING  —  Hurricane Bertha On the Move This Morning …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's online muscle flexes against him
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups
Dad charged with murder in bride's ‘honor killing’
Sameh El-Shahat / Telegraph:
Holy Cows: George W Bush - buffoon or great leader?
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: Swampland and 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
Discussion: Don Surber
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Atheist soldier sues Army for ‘unconstitutional’ discrimination