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1:50 PM ET, July 14, 2008


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Barack Obama / New York Times:
My Plan for Iraq  —  THE call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity.  We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated …
Krooney /
Sen. Biden: McCain Has “No Notion of What's Going On” in Iraq  —  On Obama media call, McCain's Senate colleague Biden and Obama aide Susan Rice hammer back hard on McCain's Iraq stance.  —  BIDEN: “John McCain has no notion of whats going on... He doesn't get the fact there is no reasonable propsect …
Avi Zenilman / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain to deliver Afghanistan speech later this week
The Huffington Post:
David Remnick On That New Yorker Cover: It's Satire, Meant To Target “Distortions And Misconceptions And Prejudices” About Obama  —  Earlier today, the New Yorker released its cover for the July 21, 2008 issue — and the reaction was swift and furious.  —  The cover by Barry Blitt, called …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Covers and Beholders  —  What I find interesting about the New Yorker cover is that it's almost exactly the sort of cover you could expect to find on the front of National Review.  Roman Genn could do wonders with that concept.  Of course, if we ran the exact same art …
Discussion: alicublog and Eschaton
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THAT NEW YORKER COVER....I blogged a few hours ago about Ryan Lizza's Obama piece in the current issue of the New Yorker, but at the time I hadn't seen the cover that went along with it.  Now I have, because when I browsed through my RSS feed after dinner it turned out that the entire (liberal) …
Editor and Publisher:
‘New Yorker’ Cover With Obama as Muslim “Terrorist' Draws Heat
Discussion: The Fix
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling  —  President Bush to lift executive ban on offshore drilling, urge Congress to act as well  —  The White House says President Bush is planning to lift an executive ban on offshore oil drilling.  —  In a Rose Garden statement on Monday, the president plans to lift the ban.
CBS News:
Bush To Lift Ban On Offshore Drilling  —  Congress Must Still Lift Legislative Ban Before Controversial Drilling Can Happen  —  (CBS/ AP) In another push to deal with soaring gas prices, President Bush on Monday will lift an executive ban on offshore drilling that has stood since his father was president.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Lifts Drilling Moratorium, Prodding Congress  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush intends to lift a presidential moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf, the White House said on Monday, hoping to prod Congress to act to clear the way for exploration along …
Discussion: Hot Air and Suitably Flip
Terrorist Watch List Hits One Million Names  —  ACLU launches online watch list complaint form  —  Contact: (202) 675-2312 or  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The nation's terrorist watch list has hit one million names, according to a tally maintained by the American Civil Liberties Union based upon …
ACLU Watch List Counter
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Immigration enforcement = terror  —  Barack Obama spoke to the National Council of La Raza and in one sentence managed to do what most Hot Air readers would consider the impossible — he put distance between himself and John McCain on immigration.  Calling the ICE terrorists …
Mike Allen / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain on Obama's Iraq week
Discussion: The Swamp
Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Remarks to La Raza
Discussion: The Corner, Right Wing News and QandO
Tanta / Calculated Risk:
Krugman on the GSEs  —  Paul Krugman has a new column on Fannie and Freddie which I think is important.  I'm going to take issue with a fair amount of it, but not with the basic argument that the uproar over the GSEs is “overblown.”  That, I think is a point worth making.
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg:
McCain Needs Crash Course in Basic Economics: Albert R. Hunt  —  The American presidential campaign this week was fought on economic terrain, and John McCain was the New York Yankees battling in Boston's Fenway Park or Liverpool playing at Manchester United's Old Trafford: the visiting team with a decided disadvantage.
Michelle Malkin:
Grow a pair, Obama  —  So, you found this satirical New Yorker cover art “tasteless and offensive.”  —  Welcome to public life.  —  Guess what?  In Washington, political cartoonists and caricaturists spare no one.  —  Here's a reminder of the crap Condi Rice has had to deal with over the years:
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Lieberman Finds Middle a Tricky Path  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph I. Lieberman, lapsed Democrat of Connecticut, strolled into the weekly lunch of the Senate Democrats last Tuesday, unaccompanied by a food taster.  —  He greeted his colleagues, including some who felt he should not have been there.
Ron Moreau / Newsweek:
Why Vietnam Loves McCain  —  They jailed him for five years.  Now they want him in the White House.  —  Photos: Jonathan Torgovnik / Getty Images  —  Let Freedom Ring: Nurse Thanh remembers; Duyet at home in Haiphong  —  John McCain might not recognize Nguyen van Sy, but they used to be neighbors.
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John Atlas / The Huffington Post:
Acorn Under The Microscope
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Michelle R. Smith / Associated Press:
RI Sen. Reed denies interest in vice presidency
Matthew Yglesias:
Zoning is Key  —  Supreme Court ruling aside, it actually seems …
Daily Mail:
BBC Bonekickers drama blasted for showing images of a Muslim being beheaded
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
Washington Post:
Bridging the Gap on Climate Change
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
John McCain ‘technology illiterate’ doesn't email or use internet
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Obama leaps to early Iowa start; McCain slowly digs in
 Earlier Items: 
Right Wing News:
RWN's Dennis Avery Interview #2: Say Good-Bye To Global Warming …
Discussion: Moonbattery
Amanda / Think Progress:
Despite Aversion To Golfing During The War, Bush Will Attend …
Discussion: Examiner
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Is Fournier saving or destroying the AP?
Jerusalem Post:
Obama backtracks on an undivided J'lem
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
Aaron Deslatte / Orlando Sentinel:
No fuzzy math: State Dems sign up voters 7-1 over GOP
Discussion: MSNBC
Elizabeth Aguilera / The Politico:
Denver businesses stiffed by DNC
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Foreign Courts Take Aim at Our Free Speech
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama backers on the left are doing the wincing now