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2:15 PM ET, July 10, 2008

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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 …
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CNN:
Rove ignores panel's subpoena, refuses to testify
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Ben Evans / Associated Press:
Rove ignores subpoena, refuses to testify
Discussion: Fact-esque and At-Largely
Stephanie Mencimer / MoJoBlog:
Rove Is a No-Show  —  Members of the House Subcommittee …
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.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / International Herald Tribune:
Testing!  Testing!  Bush finds, again, that speaking softly isn't enough
Discussion: The Reaction
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush addresses the Italian prime minister in Spanish: ‘Amigo!  Amigo!’
Gateway Pundit:
Horray! Bush Gives Global Warming Religionists the Finger
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
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Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Gramm Stands by Recession Comments
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
CLINGING V. WHINING
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
JESSE'S A ‘NUT’ JOB  —  LASHES OBAMA WITH VILE LOW BLOW  —  WASHINGTON - In a shocking blast at Barack Obama that was caught on tape, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “I wanna cut his nuts out.”  —  He made the astonishingly vulgar remark as he accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee …
Dan Sweeney / The Huffington Post:
What Jesse Jackson Said Was A-OK
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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: MoJoBlog, Think Progress and QandO
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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.
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Clinton and Obama do joint fundraiser but he forgets the fund part  —  The unity thing is proving something of a stubborn problem for the no longer officially dueling camps of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  There've been reports in recent days of some die-hard Clinton supporters …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Survival of the Sudsiest  —  Perhaps, like many sensible citizens, you read Investor's Business Daily for its sturdy common sense in defending free markets and other rational arrangements.  If so, you too may have been startled recently by an astonishing statement on that newspaper's front page.
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: Pollster.com, QandO, Althouse and TIME.com
Washington Post:
McCain Gets a Third-Rail Shock  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) once said economics was not his strong suit — and yesterday Social Security became a problem for the presumptive Republican nominee as well.  —  In remarks at a town hall meeting in Denver on Monday, McCain laid out what he likes to call “a little straight talk.”
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Audacity of Listening  —  We have to have a talk about Barack Obama.  —  I know, I know.  You're upset.  You think the guy you fell in love with last spring is spending the summer flip-flopping his way to the right.  Drifting to the center.  Going all moderate on you.  So you're withholding the love.
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Cowdery indicted on two counts  —  A federal grand jury has handed up a two-count indictment against state Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage.  —  Cowdery, at 78 the oldest member of Alaska's Legislature, is charged with conspiracy and bribery.  The indictment was handed up yesterday but not filed in U.S. District Court until today.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
The Price of Fannie Mae  —  As opposed to GM or Ford, most Americans have never heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Yet the insolvency of either mortgage giant would have far more profound consequences for every American taxpayer than the bankruptcy of those car companies.
Discussion: EconLog and Real Clear Politics
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Katie Benner / Fortune:
The Fannie and Freddie doomsday scenario
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” …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Officials Investigate 3 Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations  —  MARION, Ala. — Federal and state authorities are looking into accusations of voting fraud in three largely black counties of Alabama, including Perry and Lowndes Counties, which played a historic role in the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s.
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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Danielle Allen / Washington Post:
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Pain of the G-8's Big Shrug
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Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Economic Appeal to Women
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