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3:40 AM ET, July 16, 2008


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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Fox's Brit Hume to Stop Anchoring ‘Special Report’ After Election
Discussion: Gawker and Romenesko
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NYT poll: Majority now believes Obama says what he thinks people want to hear  —  From tonight's monster 33-page omnibus poll, the “new politics” halo is officially off.  Note the trend:  —  McCain does almost as badly at 46/49 but then McCain's not supposed to be a “Lightworker.”
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.
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 …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Obama says New Yorker insulted Muslim Americans … CHICAGO (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday that the New Yorker magazine's satirical cover depicting him and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals doesn't bother him but that it was an insult to Muslim Americans.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel / The Nation:
Pushing Limits—and Proud of It
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:
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.
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 …
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
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.
The Raw Story:
Court: Bush can indefinitely detain anyone
Discussion: At-Largely
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HALPERIN'S WORLD  —  Here I think is an example of news judgment within the DC bell jar.  —  As I noted below, the ‘news’ today, as in things that have happened today and are newsworthy, is the fact that John McCain has dropped his position on Afghanistan and embraced the one Obama has been pushing for the last year.
Discussion: Wonk Room
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 …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy to Join Meeting With Iranian  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush has authorized the most significant American diplomatic contact with Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, sending the State Department's third-ranking official to Geneva for a meeting this weekend on Iran's nuclear program …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
American Envoy To Join Iran Talks
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Reaction
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.
Associated Press:
Congress overrides veto of Medicare bill  —  President Bush had vetoed bill protecting doctors from Medicare rate cut  —  WASHINGTON - Congress on Tuesday rejected President Bush's veto of legislation protecting doctors from a 10.6 percent cut in their reimbursement rates when treating Medicare patients.
The Raw Story:
Billboard displays burning World Trade Center with slogan …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and News Hounds
McCain again cites current events in ‘Czechoslovakia’  —  (CNN) - For the second time in two days, John McCain has referred to current events in “Czechoslovakia” - a country that officially ceased to exist in January of 1993.  —  “And I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited …
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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Leads by 8 Points In Poll  —  Sen. Barack Obama holds his biggest advantage of the presidential campaign as the candidate best prepared to fix the nation's ailing economy, but lingering concerns about his readiness to handle international crises are keeping the race competitive, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Fumble in '04 cost us big time
Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Blair postpones Gaza visit, cites specific threat
Discussion: Truthdig
The Politico:
GOP should get serious about cyberspace
Shaun Waterman / Middle East Times:
Analysis: More Bush library sleaze charges
Cristina Page / Reproductive Health:
HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Languages  —  I always wanted to be fluent in another language.
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Obama: I'd consult on Iraq, but war needs to end
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The Huffington Post:
Cindy McCain: “In Arizona The Only Way To Get Around The State …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and CNN
Megan McArdle:
Blast from the past  —  Over 100 Chicago professors proudly sign …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Free exchange
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Did you notice how the controversy about the New Yorker cover …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:
Eye Gouging pic of the day: US Lawyer Representing Gitmo Detainees …