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12:45 PM 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.
Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Sebelius No Longer Denying VP Talks  —  Kathleen Sebelius is no longer denying that she is being vetted by Barack Obama's campaign.  —  The 60-year-old Kansas governor told me on Thursday that she was never vetted for the vice presidency in 2004 but declined to make the same pronouncement about this year's process.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and MSNBC
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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.
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Cash Machine  —  The Washington Post reports that Barack Obama is running into some unexpected fundraising trouble with efforts to recruit big-dollar Clinton donors to his side not going as well as he hoped, and internet contributions falling off their previous furious pace.
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
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.
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
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.
CNN:
Bodies confirmed as soldiers kidnapped last year  —  BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — The remains of two U.S. soldiers kidnapped more than a year ago in Iraq were found and are back in the United States, according to the father of one of the soldiers.  —  The military has not yet issued …
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David Aguilar / Associated Press:
Bodies of 2 missing US soldiers are found in Iraq
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
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.
CNN:
McCain misfires on Obama attack  —  From CNN's Evan Glass, CNN's Kerith McFadden  —  (CNN) — It turns out that John McCain made an off-the-mark error when he launched at Barack Obama this week over Iran's missile tests.  —  In a statement criticizing Obama's positions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard …
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
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Do we lift the ban on offshore drilling?  —  Tide is changing in Congress as lawmakers feel pressure from constituents to ease gas crisis  —  WASHINGTON — Pressure from voters for Congress to do something about rising oil prices has a growing number of Senate Democrats acknowledging …
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.
 
 
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Chris Hedges / Los Angeles Times:
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Michael Kinsley / Time:
Divided They Fall  —  Consider the Republican Party.
Discussion: American Spectator
Ali / Think Progress:
Rove avoids subpoena by fleeing the country.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Capitalism's Reality Check
Discussion: The Corner
Spiegel Online:
German Politicians Are in an Obama Tizzy
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Goodbye to “Sister Souljah”
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