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5:50 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TVNewser and Rhymes With Right
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
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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 …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Bayh and Nunn on being Obama's V.P.
Discussion: TIME.com
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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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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 …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
So Popular and So Spineless
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.”
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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Deanna Bellandi / Associated Press:
Ex-Clinton aide checked before joining Obama team
Discussion: The Trail
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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Dina Kraft / New York Times:
Prisoner Deal Reopens an Israeli Wound
Discussion: The Washington Note
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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IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  General Officer Announcements
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” …
Discussion: Think Progress
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David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
US troops poised to cross Afghan border for raid on bases  —  US troops in Afghanistan massed close to the border yesterday for a possible attack on al-Qaeda and Taleban bases in the lawless North Waziristan tribal belt in Pakistan.  —  Reports from the area said that hundreds of Nato troops …
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Amir Shah / Associated Press:
US troops pull out of Afghan base after attack
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.”
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Naral: Pro-choice t-shirt-wearers barred from McCain event [UPDATED]  —  [UPDATED WITH MCCAIN CAMPAIGN RESPONSE]  —  The McCain campaign is sharply disputing a claim by the New Mexico arm of NARAL Pro-Choice that it had three of the group's members barred from the Arizona Senator's event in Albuquerque yesterday.
Discussion: TIME.com and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Across the aisle, a ballad to Kennedy
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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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