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3:40 AM ET, July 13, 2008


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New York Times:
The Times Interviews John McCain  —  Following are excerpts of a transcript of an interview conducted by The New York Times's Adam Nagourney and Michael Cooper with Senator John McCain in Hudson, Wisconsin, on July 11.  The answers are transcribed verbatim; some of the questions are paraphrased.
Times of London:
US Treasury rescue for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac  —  Treasury secretary looks at $15 billion cash injection for crisis-hit mortgage lenders  —  US TREASURY secretary Hank Paulson is working on plans to inject up to $15 billion (£7.5 billion) of capital into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …
The Imminent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Debacle  —  Fannie Mae “is a government sponsored enterprise (GSE) of the United States federal government.  It is a shareholder-owned corporation authorized to make loans and loan guarantees.  It is not backed or funded by the U.S. government …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Vodkapundit
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bush Homeland Security Aide Caught On Tape Offering High-Level Access For Donations To Bush Library  —  The Sunday Times reports Stephen Payne, a Bush pioneer and a political appointee to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, was caught on tape offering access to key members …
Discussion: Docudharma and War and Piece
Daniel Foggo / Times of London:
President George W Bush lobbyist in ‘cash for access’ row  —  A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush's administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush's presidency.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Majikthise
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Bernie Mac makes off-color joke at Obama event  —  CHICAGO - Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.  —  Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine …
Thers / Firedoglake:
OBAMA ROCKED BY SCANDAL: Is Presidential Bid Over?  —  I know we're not supposed to directly quote AP stories without paying them serious cash, but this story is so important and has such major ramifications for this election — which will of course decide the leader of the free world …
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Balloon Juice
William Yardley / New York Times:
Obama Supporters on the Far Left Cry Foul  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — In the breathless weeks before the Oregon presidential primary in May, Martha Shade did what thousands of other people here did: she registered as a Democrat so she could vote for Senator Barack Obama.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
U.S. Considers Increasing Pace of Iraq Pullout  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is considering the withdrawal of additional combat forces from Iraq beginning in September, according to administration and military officials, raising the prospect of a far more ambitious plan than expected only months ago.
Matthew DeBord / Washington Post:
Hummer, How We Need Thee  —  When General Motors announced that it would subject its Hummer division to what in the automotive business is known as a “review,” you could hear the tree huggers, the unreconstructed hippies, the postmodern Greens, Al Gore's organic peanut gallery …
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
The Ron Paul Revolution in full swing  —  Ron Paulians filled Constitution Avenue this morning to bring the “Second Revolutionary War” to Washington.  I'll admit that it was a pretty big crowd, the website had over 15,000 people pledged to come, but it looked like less than half that many showed up …
Matt / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: Phil Gramm Is No Longer ‘Giving Advice To Senator McCain’  —  Since Thursday, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) presidential campaign has been in damage control mode, attempting to distance itself from top economic adviser Phil Gramm's belief that America is “a nation of whiners” that is only going through a “mental recession.”
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Week 1 of Push to Focus McCain: Tighter Message, Some Gaffes
McKinney is Green Party presidential nominee  —  (CNN) — The liberal environmentalist Green Party nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as its presidential candidate Saturday.  —  McKinney, 53, held off three rivals to win the party's nomination during its convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
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Times of London:
West suffers historic defeat as China and Russia veto Zimbabwe sanctions
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Advantage
Discussion: Power Line and Donklephant
Associated Press:
Doctors Clear Cheney on Health
The fall of IndyMac  —  Feds seize bank - once a leading mortgage lender.
Jane Mayer / Washington Post:
Collateral Damage  —  The Inside Story of How the War …
New York Times:
Dissident's Tale of Epic Escape From Iran's Vise
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
President George W Bush backs Israeli plan for strike on Iran
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Inside the Motion Picture Industry's Cuddliest Anti-Piracy Operation …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Howie Klein / Firedoglake:
Blue America Welcomes Back Mark Begich (Sen-AK)
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Voter registrations in Florida show ‘huge swing’ toward Democrats
David Rieff / New York Times:
Will Little Havana Go Blue?
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Obama leads McCain slightly in latest Missouri poll
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Torture and the rule of law
Angelique Chrisafis / Guardian:
France rejects Muslim woman
Discussion: Harry's Place
Andrew Cline / Wall Street Journal:
Environmentalists Say Yes to Offshore Drilling
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Obama Won't Commit to Event at Military Base