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1:25 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama purges site of surge criticism
Gateway Pundit:
The Big Trunk / Power Line:   LET'S PARTY LIKE IT'S 1984
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:
Washington Post:
Poll Finds Voters Split on Candidates' Iraq-Pullout Positions  —  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the country split down the middle between those backing Sen. Barack Obama's 16-month timeline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and those agreeing with Sen. John McCain's position that events …
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.
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Economy Will Stay Sluggish, Bernanke Tells Congress
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Wholesale inflation is worst in 27 years
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Peso Problem
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bush: Financial system is ‘basically sound’
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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.
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. …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's national security speech
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.
Discussion: The New Republic
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:   Romney returns to Michigan to help drum up McCain support
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and City Room
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Ben Smith's Blogs and Corrente
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.
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.
Discussion: Feministe and Truthdig
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Will the ‘Dream Act’ be a nightmare for McCain?  —  John McCain, recognizing the importance of Latino voters in the upcoming election, spoke to the National Council of La Raza yesterday.  He told the audience, “I do ask for your trust,” adding, “I think I have earned that trust.”
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Global warming may increase kidney stones: researchers … More Americans are likely to suffer from kidney stones in the coming years as a result of global warming, according to researchers at the University of Texas.  —  Kidney stones, which are formed from dissolved minerals in the urine …
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 …
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Video of Guantánamo Interrogation Released
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Progressive Group Slams Freedom's Watch in Robo-Calls
Matt / Think Progress:
Bush on $4 gas: 'I've heard of it now.' (Updated)
Discussion: Associated Press
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
The Gravity of the Situation in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and SteveAudio
Houston Chronicle:
Houston exec denies selling access to Bush aides (w/video)
New York Times:
Obama Will Meet Palestinian Leaders in the West Bank
Michael J. Totten:
An Abominable Blood-Logged Plain
John O. McGinnis / Wall Street Journal:
One Blueprint For Obama
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Confederate Yankee:
AFP Blows it Again
Amanda Paulson / Christian Science Monitor:
Matthew Yglesias:
Bad Frame  —  WaPo/ABC takes a poll: … Opinion on that …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Fannie Mae v. Enron
Dean Godson / Times of London:
The hidden face of political Islamism
Discussion: The Corner
Maddy Sauer / ABCNEWS:
Tillman Investigation Hampered by ‘Near Universal Lack of Recall’
Ken Salazar / Washington Post:
Heedless Rush to Oil Shale