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7:25 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Barack Obama Raised $52 Million in June
Discussion: Truthdig
David Stout / New York Times:
Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that Americans must abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade and rely on the sun, the winds and other environmentally friendly sources of power …
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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.
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, Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election  —  Nevada: Now It's Obama By Two in Very Close Race  —  In Nevada, Barack Obama has a two-point edge over John McCain according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey.  It's Obama 42% and McCain 40%.  When “leaners” are included, Obama is on top 47% to 45%.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election
Discussion: The Jed Report
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
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”  —  Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart is facing a tough reelection campaign.  He's been accused of abusing his office for personal gain, and will go on trial in the fall on felony campaign finance charges.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Julian Sanchez
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle  —  Following the lead of the Tennessee Republican Party, the Washington Republican Party has launches a Web ad “welcoming” Michelle Obama to the state with a revival of her remark that this campaign marked the first time she was proud of her country for the first time during this campaign.
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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 …
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
It's Still the Economy, Stupid (Guest Voice)  —  This is a Guest Voice post by journalism professor and author Walter Brasch who is also a syndicated newspaper columnist and radio commentator, and president of the Pennsylvania Press Club.  Guest Voice posts do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TMV or its writers.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
 
 
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Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Bush's security adviser holds talks in Turkey over Iran
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Bloomberg to Host ‘Welcome Back’ Fete for Clinton
Discussion: TIME.com
Martin / Boztopia.com:
Reverse Robin Hood: Stealing From The Poor To Give To The Rich
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia
Discussion: The News Buckit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bob Barr Conference Call
Paul Jackson / Housing Wire:
JP Morgan's Dimon: Prime Mortgages Look “Terrible”
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY NOZZLE OR YOURS?  —  Sen. Larry Craig throws innuendo to the wind ...
Discussion: Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration
New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's goodie bag
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Old Flame  —  Why I still kinda like John McCain.
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?
Larry Hunter / NY Daily News:
Hunter: This conservative activist is backing Obama