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4:50 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and The Other McCain
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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!)
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 …
Holly Bailey / Newsweek Blogs:
About That Obama Trip...  With word that the three network news anchors will be joining Barack Obama on his trip overseas next week, the New York Times today raises the question of whether John McCain has been given short shrift when it comes to media coverage.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama “infuriated” at conservatives for criticizing his wife …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?
Discussion: Silent Running
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama's $52 million June
WorldNetDaily:
Obama's ‘Big Brother’ vanishes from speech
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.
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.
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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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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!
Discussion: MSNBC and Hot Air
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:   Biden Watch  —  Via First Read, this is about as impressive …
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.
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
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 …
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration  —  In the first hours of the first day that it was legally possible to register handguns in the nation's capital, only one person showed up to do so—and he was turned away because he didn't bring his weapon with him.
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.
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 …
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.
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: Commentary and Think Progress
 
 
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Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
McCain hasn't ignited the passions of evangelicals
Joann Wypijewski / The Nation:
Campaign 08: The Obamas Are Bringing Sexy Back
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver
Discussion: The Swamp
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
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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Court Orders U.S. to Halt Execution of 5 Mexicans
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Now in Living Rooms, the Host Apparent
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Arutz Sheva:
Former IDF Chief Rabbi: Bodies' Abuse Made ID Difficult
WMAQ-TV:
Blagojevich Says Chicago Is ‘Out Of Control’
US News:
Taxpayers and Private Groups Pay for Congress's Globe-trotting Over Memorial Day
Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mayer On Seligman  —  Psychologist Marty Seligman has objected …
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America fails on ‘human index’
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
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