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2:40 PM ET, July 11, 2008

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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 …
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Lax on Its List of ‘Bundlers,’ the Obama Campaign Names Names
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME.com
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.
Tom Bowles / Sports Illustrated:
Presidential candidate Obama to sponsor Cup car at Pocono race … SI.com has learned that for the first time in history, a major presidential candidate may sponsor a race car in NASCAR's premier series.  According to sources, Barack Obama's campaign is in talks to become the primary sponsor …
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.
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”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
New York Post:
JESSE'S ‘OOPS’  —  NOT SUCH AN ACCIDENT?  —  HOW much player-hate can fester in one man's heart?  —  Apparently, quite a lot if you're the Windy City's World-Class Windbag.  —  Jesse Jackson has spent his entire life in love with the microphone.  He knows them intimately.
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Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Goodbye to “Sister Souljah”
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Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Sebelius No Longer Denying VP Talks
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.
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bush Targets Obama
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
Democrats Are Distancing Themselves from Obama  —  When it comes to offshore drilling, a growing number of Obama's Senate colleagues are distancing themselves from his steadfast opposition.  They're even starting to side openly with McCain's proposal to allow it.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Do we lift the ban on offshore drilling?
Discussion: OPENERS and Ben Smith's Blogs
John O. McGinnis / Wall Street Journal:
Who Will Be President?  —  An obscure government agency will soon decide whether citizens can get hold of information essential to modern democratic decision making.  On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission began to analyze whether to create a safe harbor for prediction markets in the U.S. …
Matthew Yglesias:
By Request: Does This Blog Suck?  Do All Blogs Suck?  —  DeliciousPundit asks “What'd you think about David Appell's smackdown of you?”  —  The only thing I have to say to defend myself from those charges is that I don't think the post was really about why I suck, it was about why the punditsphere …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Glittering Eye
Marrecca Fiore / Fox News:
Teen Pregnancy Rate Hits 15-Year High  —  The teen pregnancy rate is up for the first time since 1991, while the percentage of teens who smoke has hit a 10-year low, according to a report released Friday by the National Institutes of Health.  —  Between 2005 and 2006, the number …
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: Newshoggers.com
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 …
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Divided They Fall  —  Consider the Republican Party.  Many Republicans dislike John McCain with a passion that has lasted for years.  Asked to explain, they refer to the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance-reform law (which they thought, incorrectly as it turns out, would bite Republicans more than Democrats) …
Washington Wire:
Hagel to Join Obama on Iraq Trip  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  The buzz this week that Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is planning to join Sen. Barack Obama on an up-coming visit to Iraq is correct, two sources with knowledge of the trip confirmed Friday.
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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