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10:50 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.
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 …
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 …
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Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Sebelius No Longer Denying VP Talks
Discussion: MSNBC and Outside The Beltway
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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
EPA Won't Act on Emissions This Year  —  Instead of New Rules, More Comment Sought  —  The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal officials …
Washington Post:
Sudan Leader To Be Charged With Genocide  —  Peace Efforts in Darfur Could Be Hampered, Some U.N. Officials Fear  —  The chief prosecutor of the Internationals Criminal Court will seek an arrest warrant Monday for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, charging him with genocide and crimes …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, On Deadline and NION
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.
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.
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.
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
The Candidates Speak Off the Cuff, and Trouble Quickly Follows  —  At this rate, both John McCain and Barack Obama may want to rethink their fondness for town-hall-style meetings.  Both have embroiled themselves in controversies this week as a result of departing from scripted campaign speeches and speaking off the cuff.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, MSNBC and Don Surber
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Andy Barr / The Hill:   Giuliani: Obama Capturing ‘an Anti-American Feeling’
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 …
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Ali / Think Progress:
Rove avoids subpoena by fleeing the country.
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Cynthia McKinney favored for the Green Party's presidential nod
Discussion: The Swamp and Salon
ACLU:
THE GUTTING OF FISA  —  For years, the Bush administration …
National Review:
Battle for the 'Burbs  —  How Republicans can compete for the upper middle class
Discussion: Salon
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
How Hostages, And Nations, Get Liberated
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Capitalism's Reality Check
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
‘Nuts’ Case: How Did Media Cover Jesse Jackson's Choice of Words?
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Goodbye to “Sister Souljah”
 Earlier Items: 
David Aguilar / Associated Press:
Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and BLACKFIVE
New York Times:
Rice Warns Iran That U.S. Will Defend Allies
Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: An American Life Worth Less Today
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Jill Drew / Washington Post:
China's Silencing Season
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Favorite Elected Republicans
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Adviser Refers to ‘Nation of Whiners’
 

 
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