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11:05 PM ET, July 10, 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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gramm calls slowdown ‘mental’  —  Former Sen. Phil Gramm, a top economic adviser to presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, referred to the economic slowdown as “a mental recession” and called the United States “a nation of whiners.”  —  The comments, in an interview with The Washington Times …
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 Talking Points Memo
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA: AMERICA ALREADY HAS A DR. PHIL
Discussion: Firedoglake and Needlenose
Michael Cooper / New York Times:   McCain Adviser Refers To ‘Nation of Whiners,’ Touching Off Rebukes
Dana Bash / CNN:   McCain adviser explains ‘whining’ comments
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top McCain Surrogates Questioning Obama's American-Ness
Discussion: Eunomia
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
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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The Lede:
In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many  —  Updated, 9:33 a.m., Agence France-Presse has retracted the image as “apparently digitally altered.”  —  As news spread across the world of Iran's provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison.
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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 …
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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.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA'S KIDS....Andrew Sullivan goes ballistic about the Obama …
Discussion: Corrente
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.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Rents Apartments at Bargain Rates  —  While aggressive evictions are making rent-stabilized apartments increasingly scarce in New York, Representative Charles B. Rangel is enjoying four of them, including three adjacent apartments in a sprawling penthouse overlooking Upper Manhattan …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Harry de Quetteville / Telegraph:
Germany plans to give vote to babies  —  Dozens of German politicians have tabled a new law to extend voting rights to babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.  —  The bill, which has won the cross-party backing of some heavyweight German politicians, would wipe away decades of “exclusion” …
 
 
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Ryan Teague Beckwith / Charlotte Observer:
Man retires rather than honor Helms
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Mound Of Parchment … I think Washington's wise words were proven, in spades, this week.
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Discussion: Open Left
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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:
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Denver to homeless: Why not visit the zoo while the press are here?
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How Obama's campaign will coordinate in Ohio
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Bush Remarks on Signing of FISA Bill
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Marc Ambinder:
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Discussion: Lynn Sweet
The New Republic:
Obama, Insha'allah?  —  Think the whole world loves Barack?
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Why Senator John McCain Cannot Be President: Eleven Months …
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Sources: Apple's Eddy Cue has pushed TV+ studio chiefs to exert more control over budgets, hoping to change Apple's reputation as the biggest spender in town

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BBC:
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