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9:25 AM ET, July 18, 2008

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Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate  —  “Considerable presence” of skeptics  —  The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.
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David Evans / The Australian:
No smoking hot spot  —  I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office.  I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Gore's Energy Oomph
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The (Annotated) Gore Energy Speech
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
DNC sets up independent operation to help Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee plans to target Republican John McCain and help Democrat Barack Obama with an independent ad campaign run by veteran Democratic strategist Jonathan Prince, Democrats familiar with the decision said Thursday.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule
Discussion: The Dish Rag
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Maybe McCain should have ‘adopted’ a consistent position
Discussion: God-o-Meter and The RBC
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.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style  —  The Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend counterterrorism funds on “comfort capsules” to be installed on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around the world, with at least four top generals involved …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
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James Risen / New York Times:
Electrical Risks at Bases in Iraq Worse Than Previously Said  —  WASHINGTON — Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions …
Newsweek:
An unusual new privilege claim shields Cheney in Plame probe.  —  The Bush administration today unveiled a set of novel and controversial legal arguments in refusing to disclose key details about Vice President Dick Cheney's role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Mukasey the Obstructionist  —  Michael Mukasey has President Bush's back.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Tony Snow: Farewell To the Light Heart  —  ‘He Looked at the World in a Joyful Way’  —  Yesterday's funeral for Tony Snow was a grand send-off: a Mass, a tribute by President Bush, and more than 1,000 mourners, including an all-star lineup of Washington's political and media elite.
Discussion: DCist
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White House:
President Bush Attends Funeral Service for Tony Snow
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Flopping Aces
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Hearing-Gate Exposed!  McCain Has Worse Afghanistan Hearing Record Than Obama  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: The McCain campaign criticism of Sen. Barack Obama's hearing record on Capitol Hill led us to put the shoe on the other foot.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Price of Grain Rises, Catfish Farms Dry Up  —  LELAND, Miss. — Catfish farmers across the South, unable to cope with the soaring cost of corn and soybean feed, are draining their ponds.  —  “It's a dead business,” said John Dillard, who pioneered the commercial farming of catfish in the late 1960s.
Discussion: GregsOpinion.com
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Poll: Obama backers are more excited than McCain's  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is facing an excitement deficit.  —  While overall interest in the presidential campaign has swelled since last fall, backers of Barack Obama are more fired up and express more loyalty to their candidate than McCain's do …
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Although Republican presidential candidate John McCain has called Social Security “a disgrace,” he still cashes his own retirement check every month.  —  “I'm receiving the benefits, the system is broken and …
Marisa Lagos / San Francisco Chronicle:
George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot  —  (07-17) 14:57 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco voters will be asked to decide whether to name a city sewage plant in honor of President Bush, after a satiric measure qualified for the November ballot Thursday.
Avida Landau / Reuters:
Israel makes arrests in alleged plot against Bush  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel accused six Arabs on Friday of trying to set up an al Qaeda cell in Israel and said one of them had proposed attacking helicopters used during a visit by President George W. Bush.
Ryan / Think Progress:
Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ Seen As Legal, Refuses To Say Use On U.S. Troops Is ‘Unacceptable’  —  During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft falsely claimed that waterboarding has “consistently” been defined as “not torture” …
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
Joe Scarborough Savages Democratic ‘Hacks’ at ‘The Daily Show’
Bill Maxwell / St. Petersburg Times:
Don't dare disagree with Obama
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
The Politico:
‘The Maverick’ gets the branding iron
Discussion: Think Progress
Agence France Presse:
Fierce pressure on Obama in Europe-Mideast tour
Discussion: Commentary
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Investigation of Iraq IG Ends With No Charges
Tim Cavanaugh / Opinion L.A.:
Nation of whiners watch: Dickey Flatt speaks, biffs Baffler
Schneier on Security:
Homeland Security Cost-Benefit Analysis
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Chertoff: European terrorists trying to enter US
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
THE WAY TO BOX IN BARACK ON IRAQ
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
Bob Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Sen Larry Craig: Don't let foreigners “jerk us around by the gas nozzle”
Think Progress:
Rove: 'This Administration Put More Into Alternative Energy Research …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Glamour Magazine Interview
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shares Rise as Oil Continues to Fall
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle