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1:05 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 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.
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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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
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.
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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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 …
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.
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, Gateway Pundit and BLACKFIVE
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
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.
Chris Hedges / Los Angeles Times:
Stop the new FISA  —  Allowing the new surveillance law to stand would seriously cripple our free press.  —  If the sweeping surveillance law signed by President Bush on Thursday — giving the U.S. government nearly unchecked authority to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of innocent Americans …
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 …
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.
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
Matthew Yglesias:
By Request: Further Adventures in Suck  —  Here's Stefan with another variant on the question of whether or not I suck: … In all honesty, I don't feel that good about it.  But it's not as if the political conversation in the United States is dominated by people with a deep understanding …
Discussion: Cogitamus
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 …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Washington Post:
Gramm Remark Adds to McCain's Difficulty Addressing the Economy
Ali / Think Progress:
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