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10:20 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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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama campaign raised $52 million in June  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama raised $52 million last month for his presidential campaign, more than twice as much as Republican rival John McCain in a significant boost to his financial cache for the fall contest.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Raises $52 Million in June
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Swampland
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.
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Associated Press:
Report: U.S. to Establish First Diplomatic Presence in Iran Since 1979
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.
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.
The Hill:
Few House GOP donate to McCain  —  Few House Republicans have contributed to Sen. John McCain since he clinched the Republican nomination at the end of February.  —  McCain, Arizona's senior senator, has had a far warmer reception in the upper chamber.  At least 22 Senate colleagues …
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: Shakesville and TIME.com
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
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Administration Wanted Loyalist As Justice Dept. Legal Adviser  —  Top Officials Sought to Defend Interrogation Practices  —  Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft offered the White House a list of five candidates to lead the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel in early 2003 …
Discussion: Think Progress and TPMMuckraker
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!)
Washington Post:
The Running-Mate Question: Hill Veteran or Change Agent?  —  One Would Bolster Ticket Credentials, the Other Its Message  —  Sen. Barack Obama campaigned in Indiana yesterday with a pair of potential vice presidential picks and will travel abroad with a third, the latest round …
Discussion: MSNBC, TIME.com and The Caucus
 
 
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