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12:25 PM 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 Thursday 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's $52 million  —  The Obama campaign rolls out its June fundraising numbers today, which meet the sky-high expectations the campaign faces and surpass a recent wave of rumors of a relatively slow month.  —  The sum nearly equals Obama's — and the American political — record of $55 million in February.
Discussion: Reason Magazine and Blogs of War
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 …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Obama Adds 20 Va. Offices In a Big Push To Win State
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Trail
The Campaign Spot:
Obama: $52 Million in June
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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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama Blames the Right for Attacks on Wife
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.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
US plans to station first diplomats in Iran since 1979  —  Washington move signals thaw in relations  —  The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush.
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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 …
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Jim Rutenberg / International Herald Tribune:
Media stars will accompany Obama overseas
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's humor often backfires  —  Ever hear that joke about waterboarding?  How about the one about killing Iranians?  And why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?  —  If you aren't familiar with those witty japes, then you've missed out on John McCain's lighter side.
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.
Discussion: Silent Running
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WorldNetDaily:
Obama's ‘Big Brother’ vanishes from speech
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
US News:
Taxpayers and Private Groups Pay for Congress's Globe-trotting Over Memorial Day  —  One of the benefits of being a member of Congress is lavish trips, sometimes on the taxpayers' dime  —  While many Americans watched their wallets, several dozen members of Congress used the Memorial …
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.
Ashley Seager / Guardian:
America fails on ‘human index’  —  Despite spending $230m (£115m) an hour on healthcare, Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed country.  And while it has the second-highest income per head in the world, the United States ranks 42nd in terms of life expectancy.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and American Street
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?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mayer On Seligman  —  Psychologist Marty Seligman has objected to the notion that he “assisted” the torture program of the president in Gitmo and throughout the war on terror.  Jane Mayer never actually used that word, others have in describing Mayer's book.  No facts in Mayer's book have been disputed by Seligman.
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 …
 
 
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