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8:40 PM ET, July 15, 2008


 Top Items: 
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Fox News
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: “Today We Know Senator Obama Was Wrong”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Obama calls Iraq war a distraction
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
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. …
John McCain / Real Clear Politics:
McCain's Remarks on Iraq and Afghanistan
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The RBC
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.
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 …
The Campaign Spot:
Obama: 'I Had No Doubt... We Would See a Reduction in Violence' With Surge  —  The two most glaring contradictions in Obama's statements on the surge are bolded.  —  Rush noted Obama's position in January 2007: … Dan Riehl notes Obama's position in July 2007: … A Democratic debate in September 13, 2007:
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Shakesville
Amanda / Think Progress:
Flashback: McCain joked about how much women love to be raped.
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, On Deadline and Daimnation!
Gary Kamiya / Salon:
Rush Limbaugh was right  —  The blogosphere's reaction to the New Yorker cover proves that the Bush era has killed a lot of liberals' sense of humor.  And that's not funny.  —  It's official: The Bush era has made liberals so terrified of right-wing smears it has caused them to completely lose their sense of humor.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Clarifies On Gay Adoption  —  The campaign sends a statement to this blog for the record:
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 Huffington Post:
Cindy McCain: “In Arizona The Only Way To Get Around The State Is By Small Private Plane” (VIDEO)  —  Cindy McCain recently gave a rare private interview to CNN in which she disclosed her opinions on transportation in Arizona, her home state.  The McCain's have tried to distance themselves from elitism …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Discussion: The RBC
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Did you notice how the controversy about the New Yorker cover …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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