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9:45 AM ET, July 17, 2008

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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama's $52-million June  —  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign raised $52 million in June, his campaign manager said this morning - not quite a record for the high-flying campaign, but close to it.  The campaign had raised $55 million in February, during the Democratic primaries.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Raises $52 Million in June  —  Senator Barack Obama raised $52 million in June, his campaign announced on Thursday morning, more than twice the amount he raised one month earlier before claiming the Democratic presidential nomination.  —  “We have some big news we want to share with you …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama campaign raised $52 million in June
Discussion: NY Daily News
Jim Rutenberg / International Herald Tribune:
Media stars will accompany Obama overseas  —  WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain's trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INTERESTING  —  McCain camps unveils new strategy of aggressive whining …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Associated Press:
Report: U.S. to Establish First Diplomatic Presence in Iran Since 1979  —  LONDON — The United States will announce in the next month that it plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years, a British newspaper said on Thursday.
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Impolitic
Bruce Ackerman / Slate:
Take Your Paws off the Presidency!  —  DOES THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAVE A SECRET SUCCESSION ORDER THAT BYPASSES CONGRESS?  —  Suppose the worst happens, and the next terrorist attack hits Washington hard, taking out the president and the vice president.  What happens next?
New York Times:
In Iraq, Mixed Feelings About Obama and His Troop Proposal  —  BAGHDAD — A tough Iraqi general, a former special operations officer with a baritone voice and a barrel chest, melted into smiles when asked about Senator Barack Obama.  —  “Everyone in Iraq likes him,” said the general, Nassir al-Hiti.
Glenn H. Reynolds / Colloquy:
Heller's Future in the Lower Courts  —  The Supreme Court has released its long-awaited opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller,[1] and the buzz has been considerable.  Though much has been made of the majority's historic ruling and of the narrowness of that majority, many commentators have missed an important point.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
McCain On Afghanistan  —  Yesterday, Josh Marshall wrote: … He's right.  A bit of documentation:  —  December 2006: … July 6, 2008: … December 2007 (in Foreign Affairs): … February 2008: … July 9, 2008: … “Just one week ago”: … Until yesterday, McCain has only advocated sending NATO troops.
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Candace Rondeaux / Washington Post:   U.S., Afghan Troops Leave Combat Outpost After Deadly Clash
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Reporters Spar With McCain Press Aides Nicolle Wallace, Brooke Buchanan (VIDEO)  —  Clearly not all reporters are enamored with John McCain's press operation.  —  Early Wednesday, the Fox affiliate in St. Louis posted video of an awkward, testy exchange between several reporters …
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
Romney not getting his $45m back  —  Says he won't seek gifts to repay campaign loans  —  Some analysts said Senator John McCain, shown with Mitt Romney in Denver in March, might undermine his reform message if he picks Romney, someone who bankrolled so much of his own campaign in the primary.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Insurance industry forming activist army  —  Ahead of the approaching health care reform storm, the insurance industry is building an ark: a nationwide education campaign aimed at raising an activist army at least 100,000 strong.  —  The unprecedented effort by America's Health Insurance Plans …
Discussion: TIME.com
Los Angeles:
Artist's Video Game Challenges Players To Kill President  —  CHICAGO — An artist's video game that is being exhibited at a free-speech exhibit in Chicago challenges players to kill the president.  —  The video game is part of a “confrontational art” exhibit by Chicago-based artist Wafaa Bilal.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Morris Touch  —  Dick Morris says the race is tied: … It's here, I think:  —  When was the last time Dick Morris got anything right?  He's not as wrong as Karl Rove usually is, but close.
Discussion: Eunomia
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Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
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The Hill:
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Olivia Judson / New York Times:
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Zogby:
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
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Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Washington Wire:
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New York Times:
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Don Babwin / Associated Press:
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Ross Douthat:
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