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2:40 PM ET, July 15, 2008


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James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Obama purges Web critique of surge  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.  —  The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page …
Gateway Pundit:
HAH!!... OBAMA SCRUBS “CIVIL WAR” FROM IRAQ WEBPAGE!!  —  CHANGE you can believe in...  Now Obama is scrubbing his Iraq webpage!  —  The New York Daily News reported: … Here is Obama's website before the scrubbing this weekend:  —  Click to Enlarge  —  This previous page said …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama purges site of surge criticism  —  Better late than never, I suppose.  Barack Obama has purged his website of criticism of the surge, and has now credited American troops with the security gains of the last year.  The move comes as John McCain repeatedly points out that Obama opposed …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's national security speech  —  In Obama's speech (in full after the jump) today, he reiterates his strategy for withdrawal — “success” — in Iraq, and dwells on Afghanistan and Pakistan.  —  McCain, meanwhile, is delivering remarks in New Mexico attacking Obama for opposing the surge.
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
McCain Will Call for a Surge of Troops to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Senator McCain will announce plans today for an Iraq-style “surge” of troops in Afghanistan.  —  An adviser to the campaign told The New York Sun that, in a speech to be delivered in Albuquerque, N.M. …
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama:
“A New Strategy for a New World”  —  Barack delivered a speech …
Dollar Falls to Record Versus Euro; Credit Woes May Damp Growth  —  The dollar declined to a record low against the euro on speculation Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will say credit- market losses are hurting U.S. economic growth.
Political Billboard Showing 9/11 Tragedy Creates Controversy  —  ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A controversial billboard in Orange County has a picture of the burning World Trade Center and the message, “Please Don't Vote for a Democrat.”  The man who paid for the ad says he's trying to help Republicans …
Ben / Think Progress:
Billboard displaying burning twin towers reads 'please don't vote for a Democrat.'
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES and Eschaton
Satyam / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon ‘livid’ over Obama's plan for withdrawal from Iraq.  —  Yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) published an op-ed in the New York Times outlining his strategy to get out of Iraq.  The Washington Post reports that Iraq war supporter Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution was “livid” after reading Obama's op-ed:
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hill Democrats miffed at Obama  —  After a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes for a broad Democratic victory in November.
Leroy Chapman Jr / The State:
Sanford flubs on CNN interview  —  Governor threatens VP chances after drawing blank on Blitzer question  —  Political observers online and on television Monday wondered if a gaffe-filled Sunday TV appearance by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has eliminated him as a viable Republican vice presidential candidate.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
What's Next for Rangel?  —  This hasn't been the greatest week for House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).  On Friday, he was on the front page of the New York Times in a story about his occupying four rent-controlled apartments in Harlem, three for his residence and one for a campaign office.
John Tierney / New York Times:
A New Frontier for Title IX: Science  —  Until recently, the impact of Title IX, the law forbidding sexual discrimination in education, has been limited mostly to sports.  But now, under pressure from Congress, some federal agencies have quietly picked a new target: science.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
A Challenge From the Obama Generation  —  A 21-year incumbent and an icon of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), is racing around his Atlanta district like a first-time candidate.  —  He has appeared at six or seven churches every Sunday, posed for cameras as he mowed …
Matthew Yglesias:
War for War's Sake  —  Reviewing Eric Patterson's Just War Thinking over the weekend, Robert Farley said: … But just because modern democratic societies don't, usually, attach a positive value to war-fighting as such doesn't mean that nobody does.  As I observed of John McCain and his hero Teddy Roosevelt:
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain praises Romney's surrogate skills  —  (CNN) — Is Mitt Romney's VP stock rising?  —  John McCain's campaign has remained tight-lipped about its vice presidential vetting process, but the Arizona senator appeared to suggest Monday night his former rival would make a very effective running mate.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
At the Uneasy Intersection of Bloggers and the Law  —  There is no better way to get a blogger talking than by telling him what he cannot publish — although you might forgive a government prosecutor for thinking otherwise.  —  A grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in the Bronx earlier …
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