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9:35 AM ET, July 16, 2008

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New York Times:
Poll Finds Obama's Run Isn't Closing Divide on Race  —  Americans are sharply divided by race heading into the first election in which an African-American will be a major-party presidential nominee, with blacks and whites holding vastly different views of Senator Barack Obama …
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and www.redstate.com
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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.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Commentary
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama website's opposition to successful surge gets deleted  —  A funny thing happened over on the Barack Obama campaign website in the last few days.  —  The parts that stressed his opposition to the 2007 troop surge and his statement that more troops would make no difference in a civil war have somehow disappeared.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates Warns of Militarized Policy  —  Defense Secretary Stresses Civilian Aspects of U.S. Engagement  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned yesterday against the risk of a “creeping militarization” of U.S. foreign policy, saying the State Department should lead U.S. engagement with other countries …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
American Envoy To Join Iran Talks
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy to Join Meeting With Iranian
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: The New Republic and Salon
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.”
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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 …
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.
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 …
Alegre / alegrescorner.soapblox.net:
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 …
Washington Post:
Wachovia Faces Shallow Reserves but Says It Is Raising More Capital  —  Wachovia's stock fell to a 17-year low yesterday after an analyst warned that the commercial bank, which holds more deposits than any other in the Washington region, will face two years of losses arising from the credit crisis …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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.
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Phil Gramm's Porn Stash  —  Phil Gramm's recent disparaging of “a nation of whiners” complaining about a “mental recession” did more than offend the sensibilities of economically struggling Americans.  His gaffe also served as a reminder that McCain had appointed one of the most reactionary …
Discussion: Political Machine and RAGGED THOTS
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.
PR Newswire:
New Report Shows Saudi Ministry Textbooks Still Teach Extreme Intolerance  —  WASHINGTON, July 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — State Department-Negotiated Deadline for Reform Nears  —  Today the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute released a 90-page report …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama, McCain shift debate to more troops — for Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Charmaine Noronha / Mail.com:
Gitmo video offers glimpse of interrogations
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA ON ISLAMIC EXTREMISM.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Washington Post:
Obama Addresses the National Council of La Raza
Discussion: Latina Lista
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Fumble in '04 cost us big time
CNN:
McCain again cites current events in ‘Czechoslovakia’
Associated Press:
Congress overrides veto of Medicare bill
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Cristina Page / The Huffington Post:
HHS Moves to Define Contraception as Abortion
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: protein wisdom and Daily Kos
CNN:
Obama: I'd consult on Iraq, but war needs to end
MsUnderestimated:
PELOSI “TROLL AT THE BRIDGE” - IBD (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Will Romney's Combative Style Net VP Nod?
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Leads Bush by Twenty, But Clinton Does Better Against McCain
 

 
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