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1:55 AM ET, July 14, 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.
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 …
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Barry Blitt Defends His New Yorker Cover Art Of Obama  —  Barry Blitt is the artist behind this week's very controversial New Yorker cover of Barack and Michelle Obama.  Via email, I asked him to respond to those who feel that his work was offensive, and to explain his own personal feelings about the Obamas.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Yikes!  Controversial New Yorker Cover Shows Muslim, Flag-Burning, Osama-Loving, Fist-Bumping Obama  —  Who knows if they'll get this in Dubuque, but they sure aren't going to like it in Chicago: This week's New Yorker cover features an image of Michelle and Barack Obama …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Troops in Afghanistan Need Help, Obama Says
Discussion: TalkLeft and New York Times
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama was right: Another hateful, bigoted attack from ... the New Yorker?
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Paulson Statement on Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae: Full Text  —  July 13 (Bloomberg) — Following is the text of a statement issued today by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson:  —  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play a central role in our housing finance system and must continue to do so in their current form as shareholder-owned companies.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fannie, Freddie and You  —  And now we've reached the next stage of our seemingly never-ending financial crisis.  This time Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in the headlines, with dire warnings of imminent collapse.  How worried should we be?  —  Well, I'm going to take a contrarian position …
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Fannie, Freddie Deflected Risk Warnings
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: AMERICAblog News and RADAMISTO
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Enthusiasm Gap, Part II
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
9 Americans Die in Afghan Attack  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents carried out a bold assault on a remote base near the border with Pakistan on Sunday, NATO reported, and a senior American military official said nine American soldiers were killed.
Discussion: abu muqawama and
WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH TO PICKET TONY SNOW'S FUNERAL  —  Dear God, please let the Patriot Guard Riders know about this ahead of time.  The Phelps gang is ready to strike, and they outline their intent here.  —  Please pass this along to all who can get the word out so we can stop these fools.
Gallup Daily: Presidential Preferences Remain in “the Zone”  —  Presidential race has been highly stable for the last two weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama wins the support of 46% of national registered voters interviewed in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 10-12, while John McCain is not far behind with 43%.
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.
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
2,691 Decisions  —  WASHINGTON — Sometime during the first …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Haldane / Los Angeles Times:
Police halt ‘mooning’ of trains in Laguna Niguel after a crowd of 8,000 gathers
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News Blackout — NYT Ignores Momentous Pro-Jewish Court Case Win in France
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
Iran condemns McCain for cigarette joke
Washington Post:
A Young Woman Disappears
James Vicini / Reuters:
Obama says he used “poor phrasing” on Jerusalem
Los Angeles Times:
Who listens to blogging heads?
Discussion: Blog P.I.
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Sean Hannity on Americans: ‘Maybe we do whine too much.’
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Shocker: More than 1 in 10 Army Recruits Now Given “Moral Waivers”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Arnold may consider Obama energy post
New York Times:
The Shame of Postville, Iowa
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Real-Life ‘24’ of Summer 2008
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
No Ice Cream, Senator?