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5:35 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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Mikki Halpin / Glamocracy:
Barack Obama tells Glamour: “Debate me, not Michelle”  —  On Wednesday Senator Barack Obama talked to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and answered questions from our readers about his policies and about women's issues.  (Thanks to the many of you who submitted those queries!)
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad  —  The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.  —  Lured by an offer of interviews …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama “infuriated” at conservatives for criticizing his wife …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama's $52 million June
John Santucci / Political Radar:
Obama Hits the Gym, With Multiple Repetitions  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: While Obama spent 91 minutes at a campaign event yesterday, the Illinois Senator spent a total of 188 minutes in the gym yesterday - making three separate stops to Chicago gyms over the course of one day.
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Associated Press:
Political Play of the Day: Obama becomes a gym rat  —  CHICAGO (AP) - Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe.  —  The Democratic presidential contender exercises regularly, but over a 24-hour span this week, he took it to a new extreme.
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Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Obama Campaign's Out of Control Spending  —  The $52 million figure may not be a disaster for the Obama campaign, but it is hardly a success.  Not just because it's far below what the Obama campaign projected in June.  It's a disappointment because it includes general election contributions from those who had previously maxed out.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and The Other McCain
Murphy / puma pac:
GOD WILL GUIDE THE HAND OF JUDGMENT THAT WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN!  —  A note to maniacs who make death threats: They don't work.  They harden the opposition to your cause because they expose your true nature as a homicidal bully.  They also rally the support of the vast majority of decent people who are outraged by the tactic.
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Biden hits back - More on Obama's Committee  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: The case of the European Affairs Subcommittee hearings continues.  Biden writes a passive aggressive letter to answer DeMint's passive aggressive letter.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, the ranking member on that committee …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver  —  A federal judge on Thursday refused to postpone the first military trial set for next week at the Guantánamo Bay detention center, rebuffing a last-minute plea from lawyers for Salim Hamdan, an accused member of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's former driver.
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Washington Post:
Judge Refuses to Halt Guantanamo Detainee's Military Trial
Discussion: The Corner
Sean Tevis for Kansas State Representative:
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner  —  My name is Sean Tevis [photo].  I'm an Information Architect in Kansas running for State Representative.  I've decided to “retire” my current State Representative.  I'm going to win.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Larry Hunter / NY Daily News:
Hunter: This conservative activist is backing Obama  —  I'm a lifelong Republican - a supply-side conservative.  I worked in the Reagan White House.  I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years.  In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Old Flame  —  Why I still kinda like John McCain.  —  The presidential election has an oddly placid feel to it.  Four years ago, the notion that George W. Bush would get another four years in office, actually ratified by a plurality of the voters, was more than any liberal could bear …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Booman Tribune
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration  —  In the first hours of the first day that it was legally possible to register handguns in the nation's capital, only one person showed up to do so—and he was turned away because he didn't bring his weapon with him.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia  —  Douglas Kmiec thinks that the gun-rights decision was an act of judicial activism from the Right.  Fine; that's what Matt Franck thinks too, and I respect Franck's opinion.  But it would be nice if the good professor would actually offer an argument for his position.
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's goodie bag  —  As a state senator, here's who he doled out state cash to  —  Back when Barack Obama was a state senator, the Illinois Legislature offered this perk: You get elected, you get to give out some money.  —  Like his counterparts, Obama routed this state grant money to parks …
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’  —  While Hizbullah on Wednesday went to great lengths in its attempts to paint the prisoner swap with Israel as a victory, emphasizing the fact that the group's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah had kept to his word and managed to release murderer Samir Kuntar …
Discussion: FP Passport and Israel Matzav
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
Goodbye To Matt  —  Congratulations are in order whenever …
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Mike Glover / Associated Press:
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Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
It Should Be a Democratic Year  —  July polls don't tell …
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Court Orders U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?
Ashley Seager / Guardian:
America fails on ‘human index’
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Administration Wanted Loyalist As Justice Dept. Legal Adviser
Discussion: Commentary and Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's humor often backfires