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10:35 AM ET, July 10, 2008

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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Remarks on Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized on Wednesday for critical and crude comments he made about Senator Barack Obama, remarks in which he accused Mr. Obama of “talking down to black people.”  —  Mr. Jackson, before an interview …
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Gateway Pundit:
Jesse Jackson Slams Obama— “Wanna Cut His Nuts Off” ...Updated With Video  —  Ouch!  —  Drudge headlines: … Daily Kos is freaking out that FOX has the tape.  —  Bucks Right has this on the tape: … The AP just posted a report.  —  O'Reilly and Hannity will play the whole tape tonight and posted a teaser of the tape here.
Fox News:
Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Crude Obama Remarks  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for saying Barack Obama is “talking down to black people” during what Jackson thought was a private conversation before a FOX News interview Sunday.  —  Jackson was speaking to a fellow guest …
New York Post:
JESSE JACKSON SAYS HE WANTS TO CUT OBAMA'S ‘NUTS OUT’  —  WASHINGTON - In a vulgar tirade caught on tape by Fox News, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he wanted to “cut his [Barack Obama's] nuts out” and he accused the fellow Chicagoan of “talking down to black folks” by giving moral lectures to African-Americans …
Drudge Report:
REV. JACKSON TRASH TALKS OBAMA: ‘CUT HIS N**S OUT’
WBBM-TV:
Rev. Jesse Jackson Caught Bad-Mouthing Obama
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Barack's Brilliant Ground Game  —  For a campaign that says it wants to end the politics of the Bush-Cheney years, the Obama for President effort has cribbed an awful lot from the Bush-Cheney playbooks of 2000 and 2004.  —  For starters, Barack Obama's manager admitted to the New York Times …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama's Ideology Proving Difficult to Pinpoint  —  Democrats Decry a Move Toward Middle, but Republicans Still See a Liberal  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama put himself on the opposite side of his party's leadership in the Senate yesterday by reversing course to support a compromise intelligence surveillance bill.
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The Politico:
Dems searching their souls on drilling  —  In the stages of grief, denial gives way to anger and then to bargaining.  —  It may be an apt metaphor this week, as Democrats' long-held opposition to expanded offshore oil drilling succumbs to the political realities of $4-per-gallon gasoline.
Discussion: Think Progress and QandO
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Carly Fiorina's fuzzy McCain-speak  —  Carly Fiorina is one of John McCain's chief surrogates, talking him up particularly to that key target group, women.  But Fiorina, ousted as chief of Hewlett-Packard in 2005, is not above rounding the edges on straight talk.
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fiorina fights critics on campaign trail
Discussion: MSNBC and Think Progress
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama walks the abortion minefield
Discussion: TIME.com
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Urges Backers to Address Clinton Debt  —  Senator Barack Obama asked a roomful of his loyal donors in New York on Wednesday night to help his primary foe Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton pay off part of the $23 million in debt she ran up trying to beat him.
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Hillary Votes Against FISA Reform
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Missouri Presidential Election  —  Missouri: McCain Leads By Five in Classic Swing State  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Missouri shows John McCain attracting 47% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 42%.  A month ago, the candidates were essentially even.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Reject Obama's call for Bilingualism  —  Barack Obama said yesterday that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”  A national telephone survey conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports found …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
U.S. Troops in Iraq Face A Powerful New Weapon  —  Suspected Shiite militiamen have begun using powerful rocket-propelled bombs to attack U.S. military outposts in recent months, broadening the array of weapons used against American troops.  —  U.S. military officials call the devices Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions, or IRAMs.
Peter Applebome / New York Times:
Build a Wiffle Ball Field and Lawyers Will Come  —  Some town-owned land in Greenwich, Conn., has been turned into a Wiffle ball field by teenagers.  Neighbors are complaining.  Jeff Currivan, 17, shown at bat, said, “They think we're a cult.”  —  GREENWICH, Conn.
Discussion: Overlawyered and Booman Tribune
Andrew Grice / The Independent:
Bush to G8: 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter'  —  After rejecting global climate-change targets, George Bush's parting shot to the G8 summit  —  President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit.
Flip / Suitably Flip:
Mahmoud the Fauxtographer  —  Noted document debunker Charles Johnson has noticed something peculiar about one of Iran's bits of official propaganda following Wednesday's missile launch.  —  Unless Iranian missile exhaust tends to form remarkably regular patterns, someone's been busying himself with the clone tool.
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Susan Page / USA Today:
This year, 6 types of voters will decide the presidential election  —  All voters are not created equal.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll by only single digits among registered voters, 48%-42%, at the edge of the survey's margin of error.
Discussion: QandO and TIME.com
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.
Discussion: Guardian and War and Piece
Washington Post:
U.S. General: Iraqi Forces to Be Fully Ready in '09  —  Iraq's army and police will be fully manned and operational by mid-2009, possibly as early as April, the top U.S. general in charge of building Iraqi security forces said yesterday, signaling the prospect that Iraqi forces …
 
 
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Audacity of Listening  —  We have to have a talk about Barack Obama.
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The Mother of Friendships Lost
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
clinton.senate.gov:
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
Don Frederick / Los Angeles Times:
Howard Wolfson, ex-Hillary Clinton aide, gets a Fox News platform
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE and The Caucus
Bill McAllister / KTUU-TV:
New indictment tonight in corruption probe
Discussion: Eschaton
Diana Furchtgott-Roth / New York Sun:
Holding Up a Mirror to the SEIU
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America Gets to Know Obama, and Vice Versa
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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