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6:20 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Barack Obama Raised $52 Million in June
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
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
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.
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
Ross Douthat:
Goodbye To Matt  —  Congratulations are in order whenever someone accepts a new position, of course, but I hope Matt won't mind if I add that I was very sorry to hear that he'd decided to leave the Atlantic to take a job at the Center for American Progress.  Partially, this reflects pure selfishness …
Discussion: The Opinionator
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Matthew Yglesias:
Big Think Tank Matt
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
CNN:
Ashcroft defends waterboarding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a “valuable” purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday.  —  Testifying on the Bush administration's …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Administration Wanted Loyalist As Justice Dept. Legal Adviser
Discussion: Commentary and Think Progress
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 …
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.
Discussion: The News Buckit
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 …
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?  —  World Net Daily does not have a great reputation for accuracy in its reporting, but Bob Unruh has pretty solid evidence for his report on a disappearing section of a speech given by Barack Obama.
Paul Jackson / Housing Wire:
JP Morgan's Dimon: Prime Mortgages Look “Terrible”  —  While second quarter earnings Thursday from JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM: 40.80 +13.52%) beat analyst expectations and helped set the stage for another rally in stocks ahead of market open, executives at the company sounded a strong warning bell …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle
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WCBS-TV:
Civil Rights Leader: Public Figures Need To Be ‘Consistent’
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”
Discussion: Boing Boing and Julian Sanchez
Martin / Boztopia.com:
Reverse Robin Hood: Stealing From The Poor To Give To The Rich
Dan Senor / Wall Street Journal:
Who Obama Should See in Iraq  —  Barack Obama is headed to Baghdad, probably within days.
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
FDA declares it's OK to eat tomatoes again
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bob Barr Conference Call
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY NOZZLE OR YOURS?  —  Sen. Larry Craig throws innuendo to the wind ...
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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration
Discussion: Cato-at-liberty
Patrick McGroarty / Associated Press:
New sport combines boxing and chess
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
It Should Be a Democratic Year  —  July polls don't tell …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and neo-neocon
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Court Orders U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans
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Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
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