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3:10 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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The Trail:
Gramm Stands by Recession Comments  —  Former senator Phil Gramm — under fire for saying the United States has “become a nation of whiners” — said in an interview today that he meant the nation's leaders were whiners, not its citizens.  —  But the top adviser to Sen. John McCain repeated …
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Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Defensive McCain Campaign Emails Out Youtube Clip of McCain Bashing Own Economic Adviser  —  This is how you know a campaign is having a bad day: when it feels the need to email out to reporters a Youtube clip of its own candidate bashing his own top economic adviser.
Discussion: Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gramm calls slowdown ‘mental’
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Adviser Refers To ‘Nation of Whiners,’ Touching Off Rebukes
Discussion: The Swamp
Dana Bash / CNN:   McCain adviser explains ‘whining’ comments
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA: AMERICA ALREADY HAS A DR. PHIL
Discussion: Needlenose and Firedoglake
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Campaign Initially Stood By Gramm Remarks
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi says House Judiciary may hold hearings on Kucinich impeachment resolution  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this morning that the House Judiciary Committee may hold hearings on an impeachment resolution offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi: Drilling in protected areas ‘a hoax’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday shut the door on expanding oil and gas drilling beyond areas that have already been approved for energy exploration, drawing a clear distinction from her counterparts in charge of the Senate.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Jackson's Obama comments almost went unnoticed  —  A Fox News technician transcribing the tape overnight heard it, and it took off from there.  —  NEW YORK — The news that the Rev. Jesse Jackson took a crude swipe at Sen. Barack Obama this week put renewed scrutiny on the relationship between …
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Dan Balz / The Trail:
Obama's Accidental Sister Souljah Moment  —  Barack Obama leads a charmed life.  He finally had his Sister Souljah moment and didn't even have to show up.  Jesse Jackson did it for him solo.  —  Sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton used a Jackson-sponsored forum to rebuke the rap singer …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Newsweek Blogs and Salon
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Rents Apartments at Bargain Rates  —  While aggressive evictions are reducing the number of rent-stabilized apartments in New York, Representative Charles B. Rangel is enjoying four of them, including three adjacent units on the 16th floor overlooking Upper Manhattan in a building owned …
Spiegel Online:
Obama Reacts to Debate in Berlin  —  Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she finds Barack Obama's plan to give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin a bit “odd.”  Obama's spokesman now says Obama will find a Berlin location for his speech that makes the most sense for him and his hosts.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
In Pennsylvania, McCain Tells a New Version of Heroic P.O.W. Story — Subbing the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Green Bay Packers  —  Yesterday in Pittsburgh, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., professed his love for the Steelers to KDKA-TV.  —  Watch HERE.  —  Asked what first comes to his mind …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hubris Of Obama?  —  A few things have unsettled me these past couple of weeks about the Obama campaign.  It is not the small adjustments to previously-held positions - FISA, the Second Amendment, Iraq.  It's a sense that Obama's ample self-regard is lapsing into hubris.
Discussion: Althouse and protein wisdom
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA'S KIDS....Andrew Sullivan goes ballistic about the Obama …
Discussion: Corrente
Telegraph:
President George Bush: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter'  —  George Bush surprised world leaders with a joke about his poor record on the environment as he left the G8 summit in Japan.  —  The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain has best fundraising in June, $22M  —  WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain raised more than $22 million in June, his best fundraising performance of the year, and ended the month with nearly $27 million cash on hand.  —  Campaign manager Rick Davis said Thursday …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: McCain, RNC have $95 million on hand
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mound Of Parchment … I think Washington's wise words were proven, in spades, this week.  The constitution is only an idea, written down, that has meaning if we all agree to honor it.  It requires our leaders to think in larger terms than momentary political needs.
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DownWithTyranny!:
SAYING THANK YOU TO REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHO STOOD UP FOR US
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
U.S. Considers Takeover of Two Mortgage Giants  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed by the growing financial stress at the nation's two largest mortgage finance companies, senior Bush administration officials are considering a plan to have the government take over one or both of the companies and place …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Kennedy's Big Day  —  It was the worst of days, it was the best of days.  On Wednesday, Senate Democrats capitulated to the Bush administration on wiretapping — with Barack Obama joining the coalition of the craven.  —  Later that day, however, those same Senate Democrats won a huge victory on Medicare.
James Kanter / International Herald Tribune:
OPEC warns against military conflict with Iran  —  VIENNA: The head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries warned Thursday that oil prices would see an “unlimited” increase in the case of a military conflict involving Iran, because the group's members would be unable to make up the lost production.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Dakota Presidential Election  —  North Dakota: McCain and Obama Tied  —  North Dakota is as safe a Republican state as any in Presidential elections.  George W. Bush carried the state by twenty-seven points in Election 2004 and twenty-eight points four years earlier.
PewResearch.org:
Likely Rise In Voter Turnout Bodes Well For Democrats  —  Obama's Support is More Committed than McCain's but Many Remain Undecided  —  The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns.
Amanda / Think Progress:
The Media's Effusive Praise Of Honest Straight-Talker McCain  —  According to the national media, no matter what Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says, he's always going to be a fun, straight-talking, regular guy.  In fact, every little thing he does — whether it's joking about killing civilians …
 
 
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Morton M. Kondracke / Roll Call:
Obama's Changes Raise Issue: Can You Believe in Him?
Discussion: Hot Air
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson's cutting remark may be helpful to Obama
David Williams / Daily Mail:
Pictured: Smiling preacher of hate Abu Qatada enjoying an £800 …
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Corner
Jill Drew / Washington Post:
China's Silencing Season
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Favorite Elected Republicans
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
McCain's Eligibility Is Disputed by Professor
Discussion: SSRN and Discourse.net
Lessig Blog:
The immunity hysteria  —  The hysteria that has broken out among …
Discussion: D-Day, Open Left and The Daily Dish
Karina / The Gavel:
Speaker Pelosi to Leader Boehner on Proposed Franking Changes
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Kathleen Parker / The Corner:
The Nutty Confessor  —  A coupla observations about the Rev. Jesse Jackson:
Justin Miller / PolitickerOH:
How Obama's campaign will coordinate in Ohio
Discussion: Open Left
Andy Barr / The Hill:
Giuliani: Obama Capturing ‘an Anti-American Feeling’
Discussion: New York Times and Eunomia
Christian Science Monitor:
MYTHS IN AL QAEDA'S ‘HOME’
Discussion: Registan.net
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Europe Trip: Risks And Benefits
Discussion: Lynn Sweet
The New Republic:
Obama, Insha'allah?  —  Think the whole world loves Barack?
Eric Stirgus / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Men At Work’ signs to disappear in Atlanta
Harry de Quetteville / Telegraph:
Germany plans to give vote to babies
Discussion: Wizbang and Moonbattery
 

 
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Kim Zetter / ZERO DAY:
Kaspersky plans to close its US business and eliminate US-based positions, following the country's ban on the sale of its antivirus tool starting July 20

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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