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4:50 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.
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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 …
Matt Pressman / Vanity Fair:
Why Do People Love to Hate The New York Times?  —  Times-bashing isn't just for conservatives anymore.  As countless self-appointed critics whack away at the Gray Lady, our correspondent searches for the cause fueling the rebellion.  —  It's such a given in the media business that few …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Jesse Jackson: N-word for me, but not for thee  —  Hey, remember when Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of Seinfeld DVDs to protest Kramer actor Michael Richard's use of the n-word?  The rev-uh-rund had a conniption fit over the word and demanded that everyone refrain from using the word onstage and off.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp's New Attack: Obama Is The One Who's The Same As Bush  —  The McCain campaign is taking their effort to distance their candidate from the unpopular President Bush to a whole new level: McCain's advisers are now openly attacking Bush on Iraq — and not only that …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Everything is Good News for McCain  —  Can I just note that I seem to live in some kind of mirror universe where the fact that Barack Obama has, for months, maintained a modest lead over John McCain in every public poll constitutes bad news for Obama and that the specific reason it constitutes bad news …
Discussion: pandagon.net and Eschaton
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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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Obama warns against ‘fighting the last war’ … WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama warned Wednesday about the danger of “fighting the last war” as he pledged to focus on emerging nuclear, biological and cyber threats if elected president.  —  Two goals of his administration …
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Little Green Footballs:
Now Obama is Promising to Get Rid of All Nuclear Weapons
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Bayh and Nunn on being Obama's V.P.
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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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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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Consumer Prices, Driven by Fuel, Surge 1.1% in June  —  A crucial measure of inflation rose at its fastest rate in 17 years, the government said on Wednesday, just a day after the chairman of the Federal Reserve warned that inflation poses a significant risk to the nation's economic outlook.
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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
Lawrence Summers / Creative Capitalism:
Our creative mortgage crisis?  —  Here is a really good creative capitalism idea.  All Americans benefit from increases in home ownership because of the values like hard work, community, and respect for property that ownership instills.  Families want desperately to own their own homes and accumulate equity.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Econbrowser
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.
 
 
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Haaretz:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Across the aisle, a ballad to Kennedy
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Bush claims executive privilege on CIA leak
Kevin Carey / Washington Monthly:
How black Baltimore drug dealers are using white supremacist legal …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE....Via Tyler Cowen, David Zetland writes …
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Matthew Yglesias:
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