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2:50 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
May We Mock, Barack?  —  When I interviewed Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for Rolling Stone a couple years ago, I wondered what Barack Obama would mean for them.  —  “It seems like a President Obama would be harder to make fun of than these guys,” I said.  —  “Are you kidding me?”  Stewart scoffed.
Washington Post:
The Iron Timetable  —  BARACK OBAMA yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: “They said we couldn't leave when violence was up, they say we can't leave when violence is down.”  Mr. Obama then confirmed his own foolish consistency.
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Wall Street Journal:
The New Reality in Iraq  —  All of the most important objectives of the surge have been accomplished in Iraq.  The sectarian civil war is ended; al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has been dealt a devastating blow; and the Sadrist militia and other Iranian-backed militant groups have been disrupted.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
So Popular and So Spineless  —  Much ink has been spilled lately decrying the decline in American popularity around the world under President Bush.  Polls tell us how China is now more popular in Asia than America and how few Europeans say they identify with the United States.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tom Friedman doesn't understand why America is unpopular in the world  —  Tom Friedman is befuddled.  He cannot understand “the decline in American popularity around the world under President Bush” and is specifically upset about the fact that “China is now more popular in Asia than America …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Dreyfuss / The Nation:
The Ugliness in Sudan and Zimbabwe
Discussion: The Current and The New Republic
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign Criticizes New York Times Story On Poll  —  The Obama campaign is taking issue with The New York Times this morning over the paper's front-page piece today on the Times poll released last night, critiquing the story for omitting a great deal of the paper's own poll polling data …
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Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The election is about the Republican party's failures  —  It's about John McCain and the failed policies and stale ideas of the Republican party  —  When Barack Obama sewed up the Democratic nomination, I wrote that he needed to do five things: redefine himself, redefine John McCain …
New York Times:
Poll Finds Obama Isn't Closing Divide on Race
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Elizabeth Dole Says “F**k You” To Americans Who Died From AIDS  —  This is unbelievable.  Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) wants to rename the the current AIDS relief bill after Jesse Helms. … Jesse Helms, the man who in 1987 described AIDS prevention literature as “so obscene, so revolting, I may throw up.”
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:   Dead racist bigot Jesse Helms, AIDS hero? I don't think so.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Gay tourism ad causes uproar in S.C.  —  State cancels contract, faces investigation after posters plaster London  —  A state employee has resigned and officials have disavowed an international advertising campaign that led to calls for an investigation of tourism posters proclaiming “South Carolina is so gay.”
Discussion: The New Republic and TBogg
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Inflation: Price jump worst since '91  —  Record gas and higher costs prices spark a 5% annual jump in Consumer Price Index.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Record gas and higher food prices drove inflation to the biggest annual jump since 1991 and fanned fears about growing pressures on consumers.
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Anita Huslin / Washington Post:
On the Outside Now, Watching Fannie Falter  —  In the four years since he stepped down as Fannie Mae's chief executive under the shadow of a $6.3 billion accounting scandal, Franklin D. Raines has been quietly constructing a new life for himself.  He has shaved eight points off his golf handicap …
Discussion: David Frum and Associated Press
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
A talking head with a conflict
Discussion: TVNewser
Amir Shah / Associated Press:
US troops pull out of Afghan base after attack  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. troops abandoned a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan where militants killed nine American soldiers this week and insurgents briefly overran the area, officials said Wednesday, underlining the difficulties faced by forces in the border region.
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David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
US troops poised to cross Afghan border for raid on bases
Discussion: Hot Air and The Campaign Spot
Haaretz:
Olmert: We paid heavy price due to moral duty to our troops  —  The coffins of Israeli reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were delivered to an army base in northern Israel on Wednesday, where their families were waiting, hours after the soldiers' bodies were returned in a prisoner exchange …
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Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Lebanese militant released in Israel prisoner swap
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israpundit
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Hits Record-Low 14%  —  Democrats less positive than Republicans about Congress  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Congress' job approval rating has dropped five percentage points over the past month, from 19% in June to 14% in July, making the current reading the lowest congressional …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton launches fundraising for 2012 already!  —  Just six weeks after reluctantly surrendering to Barack Obama in the brutal 2008 Democratic primary race, Sen. Hillary Clinton has begun raising money for what she says is her 2012 New York Senate reelection campaign.
Chris / TVNewser:
Breaking: What Else Jesse Jackson Said on That FNC Tape  —  Exclusive: TVNewser has been sent the transcript of what Jesse Jackson said Sunday morning July 6, as he prepared for an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend.  Below is the partial transcript we received in our tips box …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Matthew Yglesias:
The Trouble With Sam's Club  —  I keep meaning to write this, but in my view the big flaw with Grand New Party qua book is that its analysis of why the GOP is the way it is struck me as very superficial and shallow.  The book is very good on the nature of the GOP's predicament and on possible ways …
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
How black Baltimore drug dealers are using white supremacist legal theories to confound the Feds.  —  On November 16, 2005, Willie “Bo” Mitchell and three co-defendants—Shelton “Little Rock” Harris, Shelly “Wayne” Martin, and Shawn Earl Gardner— appeared for a hearing in the modern federal courthouse in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
 
 
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Bina Venkataraman / New York Times:
Country, the City Version: Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest
Discussion: Free exchange
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Naral: Pro-choice t-shirt-wearers barred from McCain event [UPDATED]
Discussion: TIME.com
Chris Good / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Romney Lists ANWR Drilling as a McCain Energy Policy
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Across the aisle, a ballad to Kennedy
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Bush claims executive privilege on CIA leak
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE....Via Tyler Cowen, David Zetland writes …
Discussion: Forbes
Michelle Malkin:
Educating the ignorant Kumbaya candidate
Discussion: The Other McCain
John Leland / New York Times:
More Homeowners Taking in Boarders
 Earlier Items: 
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The GOP Is the Party of Civil Rights
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McCain Uses Fund to Raise $62.3 Million
Karl Penhaul / CNN:
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Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Policy Shift Seen in U.S. Decision on Iran Talks
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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Obama's Conservative Mideast Pick
Discussion: The Caucus, Angry Bear and TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Planned Parenthood Action Fund: ‘Simple Question’
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates Warns of Militarized Policy
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
FTC letter: Twitter did not violate an order restricting its data practices, as staff prevented the “Twitter Files” writers from directly accessing its systems

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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