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9:30 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 …
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 …
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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Romney tight-lipped on Bush's convention role
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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.
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 …
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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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.”
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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
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Multiculturalism Run Amok  —  More European sharia nonsense.  —  THE INCOHERENT DEBATE over sharia, or Islamic law, continues in Britain.  The main culprit: multicultural confusion among non-Muslim leaders.  In February, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams argued that the introduction …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Iran Test-Fires Missiles, Reports Say  —  PARIS — One day after threatening to strike Tel Aviv and United States interests if attacked, Iran's Revolutionary Guards were reported on Wednesday to have test-fired nine missiles, including one which Tehran claims has the range to reach Israel.
Gateway Pundit:
RNC Highlights Obama's Flip-Flops— Obama Denies Charges  —  He was against the surge— He said it wouldn't work— He said more troops would not make a difference.  —  Barack Obama was wrong.  —  The surge did work- We are winning in Iraq.  —  Today, thanks to the United States of America, another country is free!
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Conservatives for Obama?  —  A number of friends of mine …
Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ex-Rep. Condit loses a Chandra Levy defamation case  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge has thrown out former California Congressman Gary Condit's defamation lawsuit against author Dominick Dunne, extending the one-time lawmaker's costly courtroom losing streak over rumors of his relationship to murdered intern Chandra Levy.
New York Times:
Congress Feeling Pressure for Action on Oil Prices  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said anxiety over fuel oil costs is at crisis proportions in her state.  Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, said oil drilling advocates weighed in from the sidelines as she marched in a Fourth of July parade.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
M. Murphy to ink with NBC  —  Bringing full closure to the speculation that he will join John McCain's campaign, GOP strategist Mike Murphy will be announced tomorrow as a political analyst for NBC News, according to a source familiar with the arrangement.  —  Murphy acknowledged the move but declined to comment.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   McCain Adviser Rejects Talk of Becoming Chief Strategist
 
 
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Animal rights protesters torment scientists
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Church of England Endorses Women as Bishops
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Discussion: The Other McCain
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Outside groups pose McCain dilemma
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Roger Boyes / Times of London:
Barack Obama's Berlin visit sparks German diplomatic row
Discussion: Macsmind
Steven D. Levitt / Freakonomics:
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Discussion: VDARE.com and Jezebel
Morton H. Halperin / New York Times:
Listening to Compromise  —  TWO years ago, I stated my belief …
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Last week, LinkedIn began letting advertisers pay to amplify posts from some users through Thought Leader ads, as it enters the market of influencer marketing

New York Times:
Uri Berliner's essay about NPR reignited criticism of the outlet on social media, especially by conservatives, and spurred vehement pushback from some staffers

Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the internal upheaval at the NYT around sensitive subjects and management's push to emphasize neutrality and independence, including through probes

 
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