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10:20 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Michelle Malkin:
Jesse Jackson: N-word for me, but not for thee; Update: Readers say ‘Play the tape!’  —  Update 10:00pm: Tons of readers are asking me why my colleagues at Fox won't just play the entire tape and let viewers decide for themselves whether it's newsworthy.  I'm with you guys.
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.”
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Absolute Moral Authority drops the N-bomb on Obama tape; Update: O'Reilly blames Internet “weasel” for leak  —  Normally I'd wait for video proof but Inside Cable News claimed with unusual insistence last night that it's true and now TV Newser is corroborating it, so obviously someone who's in a position to know is leaking.
Discussion: The Other McCain
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Dead racist bigot Jesse Helms, AIDS hero? I don't think so.
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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CNN:
NAACP gives McCain polite but tepid welcome  —  (CNN) — Republican presidential hopeful John McCain received a polite but tepid welcome Wednesday as he spoke before a hugely pro-Barack Obama and Democratic crowd at the NAACP convention.  —  McCain received the most cheers when opened his address with praise for his rival.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and PoliGazette
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Aide: Obama Is Stubborn Like Bush
Discussion: The Seminal
Deanna Bellandi / Associated Press:
Ex-Clinton aide checked before joining Obama team  —  CHICAGO - Hillary Rodham Clinton's former campaign manager, now on Barack Obama's team, says she could easily work for her old boss again if Clinton were on the Democratic ticket.  —  Clinton replaced Patti Solis Doyle after poor early showings …
Discussion: The Trail and Balloon Juice
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Washington Wire:
McCain Surrogate Fiorina Meets With Clinton Supporters
Discussion: Donklephant
Little Green Footballs:
Now Obama is Promising to Get Rid of All Nuclear Weapons  —  Barack Obama has a plan to get rid of all the nuclear weapons in the world.  —  He's going to achieve this amazing feat by making sure the US adheres to nonproliferation treaties. … Because Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong-Il …
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Is the War Over?  —  Independent reporter Michael Yon has spent more time in Iraq embedded with combat soldiers than any other journalist in the world, and a few days ago he boldly declared the war over: … I'm reluctant to say “the war has ended,” as he did, but everything else he wrote is undoubtedly true.
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
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
Why the Race is Tied  —  After almost six weeks of a constant Obama lead, generally in the five- to seven-point range, Scott Rasmussen's daily tracking poll records two consecutive days of a tie race (July 12-13) and a one-point Obama lead on July 14.  What happened to the Democrat's lead?
Megan McArdle:
Mr Bernanke, tear down this inflation  —  Consumer inflation rose at 1.1% last month, with even the dreaded core inflation posting higher than expected increases.  I'd say it was clear before, but if it wasn't then, it sure is now: the attempt to ride out the oil and monetary shocks with monetary stimulus is not a good idea.
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CNN:
9/11 billboard draws flak from Florida Dems, GOP  —  (CNN) — A Florida man is using billboards with an image of the burning World Trade Center to encourage votes for a Republican presidential candidate, drawing criticism for politicizing the 9/11 attacks.  —  “Please Don't Vote for a Democrat” …
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Media Stars Will Accompany Obama Overseas  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain's trip to Iraq last March was a low-key affair: With a small retinue of reporters chasing him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on Mr. McCain's visit there from New York, including it in the …
Ross Douthat:
Comments  —  Just a quick announcement: From now on, one of the Atlantic's crack interns will be going through the comment threads at the end of every business day, deleting any comments that run afoul of our comments section's terms of service, which state that “By using this service you agree …
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
They Get It  —  A big red-headed guy in a pickup pulling a fishing boat stopped in front of Barack Obama headquarters here — loaded for bear, as they say.  —  Land Tawney, a fifth-generation Montanan with a gap-toothed smile, was wearing a plaid shirt and a camouflage cap atop his head.
Mike Madden / Salon:
Barack Obama's super marketing machine  —  He knows your neighborhood, your favorite products and even when you open your e-mail.  How Obama is betting on vast, corporate-style voter outreach to win the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — About every week or so, you get an e-mail …
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It Gets Worse  —  So I tried to escape the toxic levels …
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David Cameron praises Barack Obama as he calls for a “responsibility revolution”
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Matthew Yglesias:
Everything is Good News for McCain
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The Trouble With Sam's Club
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Tom Friedman doesn't understand why America is unpopular in the world
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Gay tourism ad causes uproar in S.C.