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11:45 AM ET, July 11, 2008

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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Fight back against Bill Donohue!  —  So far today, I have received 39 pieces of personal hate mail of varying degrees of literacy, all because I was rude to a cracker.  Four of them have included death threats, a personal one day record.  Thirty-four of them have demanded that I be fired.
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's broken marriage and fractured Reagan friendship  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, walks with former first lady Nancy Reagan.  Mrs. Reagan endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in Bel Air, Calif.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE A.D.D. ELECTION  —  From Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The A.D.D Election: It's another whiplash week.  It's amazing how many Fridays we look back at the week and just shake our head... This really is turning into the A.D.D. election.
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Washington Post:
Gramm Remark Adds to McCain's Difficulty Addressing the Economy
Discussion: Power Line and Reason Magazine
Krooney / TIME.com:
Obama Team Asks Dodd for Vetting Info  —  The Connecticut Senator indicates he has been approached by the Obama camp as part of their search. … Among other possible choices: McCaskill, Sebelius, Edwards, Richardson will not say if they've been approached.  Biden and Salazar say they have not.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Time
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain ad: “God's Children”  —  Team McCain has its latest ad out today, taken from a New Hampshire debate in June 2007, when John McCain soliloquized on the contributions of Hispanic citizens and residents to our efforts in Vietnam and Iraq.  Titled “God's Children”, the ad matches imagery to McCain's impromptu salute:
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Marc Ambinder:
A Tancredo Shot In “God's Children”  —  Check out this cutaway from Sen. John McCain's latest ad, God's Children: that's Rep. Tom Tancredo.  —  The ad, about Hispanic-American soldiers and immigration, is the second that's meant to demonstrate McCain's willingness to challenge his party.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Spiegel Online:
German Politicians Are in an Obama Tizzy  —  The kerfuffle over Barack Obama's possible Brandenburg Gate appearance later this month just won't die down.  Merkel's government has its doubts, but some in her own party don't see the big deal.  —  The debate surrounding the impending Berlin visit …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Donors Asked To Give for Two  —  The fundraising machine Sen. Barack Obama is relying on to overwhelm Sen. John McCain this fall has shown signs of wear in recent weeks, as Internet contributions have slowed and efforts to recruit top donors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign have been beset by lingering tensions.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Hint of New Life to a McCain Birth Issue  —  In the most detailed examination yet of Senator John McCain's eligibility to be president, a law professor at the University of Arizona has concluded that neither Mr. McCain's birth in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone nor the fact that his parents …
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 …
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain Open to Fannie and Freddie Bailouts
Discussion: American Spectator and L.A. Land
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Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: An American Life Worth Less Today
Discussion: Jezebel and Firedoglake
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Plan May Prove Difficult  —  U.S. Commanders in Iraq Warn of Security Dangers, See Logistical Nightmare  —  Whatever nuance Barack Obama is now adding to his Iraq withdrawal strategy, the core plan on his Web site is as plain as day: Obama would “immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq.
Discussion: Commentary and Confederate Yankee
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.
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Bush will veto Medicare bill, White House says
Discussion: Wonk Room
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wolfson: Clinton not being vetted ‘as far as I know’  —  On Fox, former Clinton chief strategist Howard Wolfson indicated that Hillary Clinton is not being formally considered as Obama's running mate, in that she has not been asked to undergo the formal vetting process.
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Camp Pegs Total War Chest at $400 Million  —  Obama's Budget Put at $480 Million; Big September Hopes  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign said Thursday that Republicans anticipate raising a combined $400 million war chest for the general election campaign against Sen. Barack Obama this fall.
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Goodbye to “Sister Souljah”  —  I keep hearing that Nutsgate is a “Sister Souljah moment” for Obama.  Frankly, it's annoying me.  First - it's not a Sister Souljah moment at all.  Second - I'm sick of that term.  It's time to retire the Sister Souljah label altogether.  It's inaccurate, and even borderline racist.
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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
‘Nuts’ Case: How Did Media Cover Jesse Jackson's Choice of Words?
Mark Johnson / KTVT-TV:
Lab Results Show No Drugs In Cookies Taken To Cops  —  A teenager accused of delivering drug-laced cookies to a dozen police stations was the victim of overzealous officers who had very little evidence indicating drugs were inside the treats, his attorney said Thursday.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Michigan Governor's Low Marks Give McCain a Shot
Discussion: TIME.com
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Barack Obama, Secret Jew?
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Book Cites Secret Red Cross Report of C.I.A. Torture of Qaeda Captives
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Divided They Fall  —  Consider the Republican Party.
Discussion: American Spectator
CNN:
McCain misfires on Obama attack
Discussion: Think Progress and MoJoBlog
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove avoids subpoena by fleeing the country.
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
The Candidates Speak Off the Cuff, and Trouble Quickly Follows
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Cynthia McKinney favored for the Green Party's presidential nod
Discussion: The Swamp and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
How Hostages, And Nations, Get Liberated
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Capitalism's Reality Check
Discussion: The Corner
Washington Post:
Sudan Leader To Be Charged With Genocide
David Aguilar / Associated Press:
Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and BLACKFIVE
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Putting Her Foot Down and Getting the Boot
David Williams / Daily Mail:
Pictured: Smiling preacher of hate Abu Qatada enjoying an £800 …