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6:05 PM ET, July 18, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DID HE REALLY JUST DO THAT?  —  This is the lead on a story just out over the Reuters wire ...  The Reuters piece hints at it.  But if Obama is going to be in Iraq this weekend, this is a major breach on McCain's part.  As a knowledgeable insider notes ...
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Taylor Marsh
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain breaks embargo on Obama's schedule
Discussion: Salon
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain: 'I don't know' if Obama is socialist  —  WARREN, Michigan (CNN) - John McCain on Thursday described Barack Obama's Senate record as “more to the left” than Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont — an independent who caucuses with Democrats but has described himself as an “independent Democratic socialist.”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Greatest Admirer  —  Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.  He figures it would be a nice backdrop.  The supporting cast — a cheering audience and a few fainting frauleins — would be a picturesque way to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
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Deutsche Welle:
Berlin Gears Up for Obama Visit  —  Barack Obama seems set to speak next to Berlin's famous Victory Column when he visits next week.  The speech is expected to draw thousands and has put Obama's view on trade in the spotlight.  —  In what is viewed as a compromise, Obama …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Fox News
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
McCain POW bud: Muslims ‘going to kill us’  —  One of John McCain's fellow POW's in Vietnam defended the war in Iraq, saying, “The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us.”  —  In a phone call with reporters arranged by Republican Party of Florida, Colonel Bud Day added …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain surrogate describes war with ‘the Muslims’
Discussion: pandagon.net
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain surrogate: ‘The Muslims’ are ‘going to kill us.’
Discussion: TPM Election Central
White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on Iraq  —  President Bush and Prime Minister Maliki spoke yesterday in their regularly scheduled secure video conference, about a range of matters including the improving security situation and the performance of Iraqi Security Forces across Iraq, from Basra, to Maysan, Baghdad and Sadr City, and Mosul.
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New York Times:
U.S. and Iraq Agree to Goals for Troop Cuts  —  The United States and Iraq have agreed to set a “general time horizon” for the “further reduction of U.S. combat forces in Iraq” following the improvement in security conditions in the country, the White House said Friday.
Discussion: TIME.com and Macsmind
The Daily Times:
Obama and the captains of American industry  —  Sen. Barack Obama has been meeting secretly with heavy industry CEOs in Washington to discuss issues that he would face as president.  —  On the campaign trail, Obama has been highly critical of corporate executives and promised them nothing but tougher regulation and higher taxes.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp says no more surrogacy for Gramm
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TIME.com
Kirk Tofte / NO QUARTER:
New Yorker Cover Cartoon NOT a Satire?  —  It is being reported today that Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has in his possession a tape recording of an interview he once had with Barack Obama that may be very damaging to the latter's campaign for the presidency.
Discussion: QandO, www.redstate.com and INSTAPUTZ
Yuki Noguchi / NPR:
Listen Now  —  Angelica Hernandez (left) and her mother, Gloria Nunez, struggle to make ends meet on a very limited budget.  —  Nunez Family Economic Snapshot  —  Want to read more information on the Nunezes household budget and learn about budget cuts they've made?  Click here.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GAY MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA....Here's the latest Field Poll on Proposition 8, the initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in California.  There are still four months to go before the election, but initiatives have a hard time passing in California these days just generally …
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Mercury News:
Prop. 8 facing a fight
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Reason Magazine
The Raw Story:
EXCLUSIVE: GOP CYBERSECURITY EXPERT SUGGESTS DIEBOLD TAMPERED WITH 2002 ELECTION IN GEORGIA  —  A leading cyber-security expert and former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he has fresh evidence regarding election fraud on Diebold electronic voting machines during the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial and senatorial elections.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Marc Ambinder:
HRC Campaign Aides Buy 2012 Website  —  A company associated with Hillary Clinton's top presidential campaign advance staff has purchased a website domain that hints of a 2012 presidential bid for the vanquished senator from New York.  —  HRC2012.com was bought by the Markham Group on June 8, according to whois.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama disinvited ‘lobbyist’ Cleland  —  Former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland was an icon of Sen. John Kerry's 2004 campaign, a badly wounded war hero who lost his seat, Kerry deplored, after a television advertising campaign questioned his commitment to national security.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
The Onion:
‘Time’ Publishes Definitive Obama Puff Piece  —  NEW YORK—Hailed by media critics as the fluffiest, most toothless, and softest-hitting coverage of the presidential candidate to date, a story in this week's Time magazine is being called the definitive Barack Obama puff piece.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Coming Activist Age  —  We're entering an era of epic legislation.  There are at least five large problems that will compel the federal government to act in gigantic ways over the next few years.  —  First, there is the erosion of the social contract.
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign's Parting Gift To Obama Traveling Press Corps
Discussion: www.redstate.com
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHO'S THE REAL FOREIGN POLICY EXPERT?
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
DECLARE VICTORY AND GO HOME?
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Virginia Presidential Election
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
On the Bush Record  —  In an interview on CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this:
New York Times:
Once Bitter Rivals, McCain and Romney Make Up
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's ‘Judgment’  —  Barack Obama departs for Iraq as early …
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Dissecting Al Gore's $5 Trillion Energy Plan
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Gristmill
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GENERATION CELL....Are telephone surveys that don't include cell phones accurate?
CNN:
Laci Peterson's mom outraged over former son-in-law's blog
Discussion: TalkLeft
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
'It's gonna be a bloodbath,' fallen soldier told father
Nick Madigan / Baltimore Sun:
Spying uncovered  —  Undercover Maryland State Police officers …
Media Matters for America:
ABC News/ Wash. Post withheld results of poll favorable to Obama
Discussion: pandagon.net and Daily Kos
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
L-ish Economic Prospects
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule