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4:20 PM ET, July 18, 2008

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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
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
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
McCain's attacks get more reckless, less responsible  —  In the modern political era, voters have come to expect presidential candidates to be, well, presidential.  There's an expectation of respect and decorum.  Candidates are going to go on the attack on occasion, but Americans …
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Lou Aguilar / National Review:
Real Men Vote for McCain  —  1. Barack Obama spent 20 years sitting in church while his preacher and others bad-mouthed the United States of America.  Navy pilot John McCain spent five years being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton, and refused a chance to walk out ahead of fellow POWs with more seniority.
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’
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
Discussion: Macsmind
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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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:   Not Conservatism, Less Liberalism
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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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.
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
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GENERATION CELL....Are telephone surveys that don't include cell phones accurate?  Apparently so, even as the number of cell phone users continues to grow.  Here's the latest from Pew, which just conducted a survey of both cell and landline users: … Here's what this boils down to.
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PewResearch.org:
Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update
Discussion: Pollster.com
Matthew Yglesias:
The 300  —  Interesting Elisabeth Bumiller look at the sprawling group of 300 people who are in some sense “foreign policy advisers” to the Obama campaign.  Marc Ambinder remarks: … I think that's a pretty revelatory passage.  It's true that, in some sense, McCain doesn't need daily talking points.
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch  —  Barack Obama delivered a speech in West Lafeyette, IN on Wednesday and once again mangled some well known historical facts: … Aaah yes - “the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor.”  Who can forget that?  It was the big one, the one that took out all those boats.
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 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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule  —  You can tell a lot about any political campaign by how it invests its most precious resource: the 1,440 minutes in each candidate's day.  —  UPDATE: An earlier version of this item had an hour-by-hour schedule that was provided …
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.
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
'It's gonna be a bloodbath,' fallen soldier told father  —  (CNN) — Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling suspected his days were numbered last week, while he and his band of brothers in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepared for a mission near Wanat, Afghanistan.  —  “It's gonna be a bloodbath …
 
 
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Ben Adler / The Politico:
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Kirk Tofte / NO QUARTER:
New Yorker Cover Cartoon NOT a Satire?
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's ‘Judgment’  —  Barack Obama departs for Iraq as early …
Discussion: Commentary and TIME.com
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Why China's Olympian Efforts to Clean Up Beijing's Air Won't Work
Discussion: The New Republic
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Dissecting Al Gore's $5 Trillion Energy Plan
Discussion: Ross Douthat
CNN:
Laci Peterson's mom outraged over former son-in-law's blog
Discussion: TalkLeft
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Independent, uninspired, and undecided
Matthew Yglesias:
Uncle Howard  —  A friend described Netroots Nation …
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Prop. 8 facing a fight
Nick Madigan / Baltimore Sun:
Spying uncovered  —  Undercover Maryland State Police officers …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Media Matters for America:
ABC News/ Wash. Post withheld results of poll favorable to Obama
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hewitt Award Nominee
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
That Old Lady in Dubuque Is Smarter Than You Think
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
David Kravets / Threat Level:
GOP Threatens CafePress Over Shirts, Stickers and Logos
Discussion: CL&P Blog
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Netroots Try to Label Fox News as ‘Opinion’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
L-ish Economic Prospects