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3:10 PM ET, July 11, 2008

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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.
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 …
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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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
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.
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Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Sebelius No Longer Denying VP Talks
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bush Targets Obama
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. …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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) …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Washington Presidential Election  —  Washington: Obama Leads By Nine in Evergreen State  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Washington finds Obama ahead 48% to 39%.  When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 51% to 43%.  —  While Obama has a decisive 52% …
Discussion: The New Republic and Donklephant
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 …
 
 
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James Sturcke / Guardian:
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Glimmers of Hope Amidst the Despair
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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Mississippi Mayor Is Indicted on Civil Rights Charges
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STOP YOU WHINY WHINING WHINERS!
Discussion: The New Republic
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
CNN:
McCain misfires on Obama attack