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11:50 PM ET, July 15, 2008


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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Brit Hume to Step Down as Fox News Anchor  —  Brit Hume, a top anchor and executive with Fox News since the channel was launched 12 years ago, plans to step down at year's end.  But he won't disappear entirely.  —  Sources familiar with the situation say that Hume, 65 …
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Fox's Brit Hume to Stop Anchoring ‘Special Report’ After Election
Discussion: Gawker
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama:
“A New Strategy for a New World”  —  Barack delivered a speech on the war in Iraq and national security in Washington, DC this morning.  He laid out his strategy for making America safer: ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban …
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks on Iraq and Afghanistan  —  Following is the text of Barack Obama's speech on Iraq and Afghanistan, as prepared for delivery and provided by his campaign.  —  Sixty-one years ago, George Marshall announced the plan that would come to bear his name.  Much of Europe lay in ruins.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: “Today We Know Senator Obama Was Wrong”
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
McCain's Remarks on Iraq and Afghanistan
Discussion: Pajamas Media, New York Sun and The RBC
Tedski / Rum, Romanism and Rebellion:
The Comedy Stylings of Shecky McCain  —  I made the mistake of watching Verdict yesterday where they had a John McCain sycophant go on and on about how McCain stuck by his principles when he bucked his party on immigration.  He and the host failed to note that he was lining up with the president …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Flashback: McCain joked about how much women love to be raped.  —  The blog Rum, Romanism and Rebellion pulls out a 1986 Tucson Citizen article recounting a joke about rape told by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).  Speaking to the National League of Cities and Towns in Washington, DC, McCain allegedly said:
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Most Offensive Quote of the Day  —  If we had a “Most Offensive Quote of the Day” every day, Joe Biden would probably come to own the prize.  But even by the senator's lofty standards of chronic obtuseness, he outdid himself this afternoon: … I know Democrats get a certain tingling …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State and Hot Air
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:   Top Surrogates Square Off on Foreign Policies
Christopher Hitchens /
Christopher Hitchens on the Barack Obama cartoon controversy  —  Satire, according to Jonathan Swift, is “a mirror wherein every man will commonly discern every face but his own”.  The New Yorker's cartoon of Barack Obama and his lady wife, according to its editor David Remnick …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Backs Bush on Military Detentions  —  President Bush has the legal power to order the indefinite military detentions of civilians captured in the United States, the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled on Tuesday in a fractured 5-to-4 decision.
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Raw Story:
Court: Bush can indefinitely detain anyone
Discussion: The Reaction and At-Largely
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Leads Bush by Twenty, But Clinton Does Better Against McCain  —  Barack Obama says a vote for John McCain is a vote for George W. Bush's third term, but a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that the Democratic hopeful would have a much easier time of it if he were actually running …
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and Damage to the Brand  —  I just got off the phone with a well-connected Democrat, trying to get a better read on this Democrats-miffed-with-Obama stuff.  It's real, he said, and more serious than the mostly process concerns outlined in the Politico story.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT poll: Majority now believes Obama says what he thinks people want to hear
LinuxIsBest / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
OFPS  —  Listen Pete, I developed internal business productivity software for Microsoft for seven years and was a committed Microsoft fan since the early 80s.  —  Working at the company strained my enthusiasm and then Vista combined with Office 2007 destroyed it.
CBC News:
'You don't care about me,' Khadr sobs in interview tapes  —  Tapes reveal interrogation by Canadian officials  —  A teenage Omar Khadr sobs uncontrollably as Canadian spy agents question him at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a brief video excerpt released via the internet early Tuesday morning.
Cristina Page / Reproductive Health:
HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion … In a spectacular act of complicity with the religious right, the Department of Health and Human Services Monday released a proposal that allows any federal grant recipient to obstruct a woman's access to contraception.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alegre /
Breaking: Eight Supers Switching to Hillary  —  Big news folks - it looks like our efforts in contacting those Superdelegates are starting to pay off, so keep on writing to them (ok, maybe Donna B's a waste of time).  There are unconfirmed reports, based on phone banking efforts to reach out to Super Ds …
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Will Romney's Combative Style Net VP Nod?  —  In Interview With, Ex-McCain Rival Flashes VP-Type Style  —  (CBS) This story was written by political reporter Scott Conroy.  —  Mitt Romney spent over $35 million of his own money and more than a year of his life …
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Revises Plan to Send Three U.S. Brigades to Afghanistan in Favor of NATO Forces  —  ALBUQUERQUE — In an interview with reporters aboard his campaign bus, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) modified his assertion today that the U.S. could send three additional brigades to Afghanistan by drawing on troops that were leaving Iraq.
Megan McArdle:
Blast from the past  —  Over 100 Chicago professors proudly sign a letter declaring their ignorance of economics: … This from a University that has cultivated a reputation as one of the most intellectually rigorous campuses in the country.  I'm tempted to weep.
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Free exchange
Little Green Footballs:
An Open Letter to  —  A letter to the editors of, from LGF reader Ross Kennedy:  —  Townhall:  —  While I typically appreciate the trenchant analysis offered by some of your authors and contributors, I will not stand for Pat Buchanan accusing Israel and their …
Discussion: Eunomia and doubleplusundead
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Shaun Waterman / Middle East Times:
Analysis: More Bush library sleaze charges
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Languages  —  I always wanted to be fluent in another language.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama downplays satirical cartoon: 'I've seen worse'
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
Poll Finds Obama Candidacy Isn't Closing Divide on Race
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
American Envoy To Join Iran Talks
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Discussion: Hot Air and
Washington Post:
Obama Leads by 8 Points In Poll
Discussion: MSNBC
Ross Douthat:
Paleoconservatism and Practical Politics
Discussion: Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HALPERIN'S WORLD  —  Here I think is an example of news judgment within the DC bell jar.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matthew Yglesias:
No Specifics  —  In order to afford extending Bush's tax cuts …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
The Huffington Post:
Cindy McCain: “In Arizona The Only Way To Get Around The State …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and CNN
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
Denver rules on tools could handcuff DNC protesters
White House:
Press Conference by the President
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Did you notice how the controversy about the New Yorker cover …
Discussion: Sadly, No!