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9:35 PM ET, July 13, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
‘Scare tactic’ — Obama slams Muslim portrayal  —  The Obama campaign is condemning as “tasteless and offensive” a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.  —  An American flag burns in their fireplace.  —  The New Yorker says it's satire.
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Obama Camp Hammers New ‘Ironic’ New Yorker Cover Depicting Conspiracists' Nightmare of Real Obamas  —  The sophisticates at The New Yorker have come up with a cover that is sure to get the magazine a lot of attention.  Negative attention.  From their friends.
Mike Allen / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Ya can't make it up  —  The New Yorker says it's satire.  It certainly will be candy for cable news.  —  At a press availability Sunday afternoon in San Diego, Senator Obama was asked, according to the diligent Maria Gavrilovic of CBS News: “The upcoming issue of the New Yorker …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
MAKING IT  —  How Chicago shaped Obama.  —  Barack Obama on the South Side during his first campaign, for the State Senate.  An outsider in Chicago's system, he was meticulous about constructing his own political identity and coalition.  Photograph by Marc PoKempner.
New York Post:
EGO-BAMA, SWALLOW SOME OF THAT PRIDE  —  In his pre-campaign book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Barack Obama proclaims, “I find comfort in the fact that the longer I'm in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a striving for rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MCCAIN AND BUSH IS, UH, UM, AH, ERR...  I don't know when Barack Obama's economic team put John McCain, John McCain's economic advisers, and John McCain's surrogates on their payroll, but it sure was a good investment.  Between McCain admitting that he knows little …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Mark Sanford Draws A Blank On McCain/Bush Economics  —  The most painful clip from the Sunday morning shows: top McCain VP prospect Mark Sanford “drawing a blank” (in his own words) on live TV when asked to name a major economic policy that President Bush and John McCain disagree on.  —  The transcript:
Discussion: RADAMISTO and AMERICAblog News
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Enthusiasm Gap, Part II  —  Conservative voters remain uninspired by the McCain campaign.  —  Standing on a stage at an auto-parts manufacturing facility in this small town west of Detroit, John McCain reacquainted himself with his enthusiasm gap.  —  Rich Keenan owns the Old Glory Flags …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Rescue Sought for Fannie and Freddie  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed about the sharply eroding confidence in the nation's two largest mortgage finance companies, the Bush administration will ask Congress to approve a rescue package that would give the government the authority to buy billions …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and L.A. Land
Paulson Statement on Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae: Full Text
Discussion: naked capitalism and Swampland
Washington Post:
Freddie Mac's Next Hurdle: Raise Cash
Discussion: The Seminal and Emptywheel
Tom Coghlan / Times of London:
Nine US soldiers killed in Afghanistan as Taliban attacks base  —  Taliban insurgents killed nine US troops when they attempted to overrun an American base as bloody fighting broke out in several parts of Afghanistan today.  —  Nato reported that the small American Combat Outpost in Dara …
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Attack on US base in Afghanistan kills 9 Americans
Discussion: Docudharma
CNN exclusive: Obama on foreign policy  —  Editor's note: Fareed Zakaria is a pre-eminent foreign affairs analyst and hosts “Fareed Zakaria: GPS” on CNN at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama discussed his vision for the world in a wide-ranging foreign policy discussion with CNN's Fareed Zakaria.
Los Angeles Times:
Who listens to blogging heads?  —  They're a small group, but they love their politics — and only their politics.  —  Daily Kos.  Little Green Footballs.  Talking Points Memo.  Instapundit.  Firedoglake.  Captain's Quarters.  These are among the thousands of political blogs that are increasingly a factor in U.S. politics.
Discussion: Blog P.I.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Shocker: More than 1 in 10 Army Recruits Now Given “Moral Waivers”  —  It has been rumored by some time that the U.S. Army has had to lower its standards to get enough recruits for its expanded war-fighting needs in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now firm evidence has emerged, and it is not pretty.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arnold may consider Obama energy post  —  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in an interview aired Sunday that he would be open to the idea of serving as energy czar in a Barack Obama administration.  —  Regardless of whether he takes that particular job, Schwarzenegger, a Republican …
Juan Williams / FOX Forum:
A Man Who Loved People, the Gritty Nature of Life and All of the Human Comedy  —  NPR Senior Correspondent/FOX News Political Contributor  —  Tony Snow and I traveled parallel paths through Washington.  We are a year apart in age -Tony is a year younger at 53 -and both loved politics and debate.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Dick Cheney: Tony Snow ‘the best’
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