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10:00 AM ET, July 19, 2008

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Reuters:
Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan: report  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Lands in Afghanistan for First Tour of War Zones  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan early Saturday morning, opening his first overseas trip as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to meet with American commanders there and later in Iraq to receive …
CNN:
Obama lands in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama arrived Saturday in Afghanistan on the first stop of his tour of the Middle East and Europe, aimed at boosting the U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful's foreign policy credentials, his campaign confirmed.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama arrives in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama landed in war-torn Afghanistan early Saturday, his campaign confirmed, starting a weeklong effort to look presidential on the world stage while boosting his standing back home.  —  The stop is the first of a widely anticipated tour …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 ...
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
BARACK OBAMA ON IRAQ.— The McCain campaign has a long, nearly 8-minute ad up on its website, which is mostly just video clips of Barack Obama's statements on Iraq, interspersed with derogatory slides expressing negative conclusions about Obama.  Personally, I could do without the ominous music …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Gramm stands down  —  Former Sen. Phil Gramm is stepping down from his post as national co-chair for John McCain a week after creating headaches for the campaign by calling Americans “whiners” and saying the country was only experiencing a “mental recession.”
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Washington Wire:
Democratic Party Unity Proves Elusive at Netroots Gathering  —  Susan Davis reports from Austin, Texas, on Netroots Nation.  —  Can Democrats bridge the ideological divides within the party?  A lunch keynote session at the Netroots Nation annual convention here in Austin tried to address …
Discussion: The Caucus and The Raw Story
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
‘Stunningly Shameful’  —  The Bush administration flip-flops on Iran.  —  On January 23, 2008, during her keynote speech at the glitzy World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Condoleezza Rice made a surprisingly friendly gesture to the Iranian regime.  She said, in this final year …
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Acceptance of Gay People in Military Grows Dramatically  —  Public attitudes about gays in the military have shifted dramatically since President Bill Clinton unveiled what became his administration's “don't ask, don't tell” policy 15 years ago today.  —  Seventy-five percent of Americans …
Dan Ariely / New York Times:
Eyes Off the Price  —  Durham, N.C.  —  AS I stand at the gas station filling my tank, the meter tallies how much it's going to cost me.  At this station, a gallon is $4.26, and as the meter passes the $20 mark, then the $30, I realize that I am paying too much attention to the price of gasoline.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Elisabeth Hasselbeck in Tears After ‘View’ Discussion on N-Word  —  “View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was in tears Thursday after a discussion about the use of the n-word, in which fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg told her the two “don't live in the same world.”
Julie Satow / New York Sun:
Tax Rates For New Yorkers Would Top 50% Under Obama  —  ‘Significant Difference’ Is Seen For High-Income Areas Like the City  —  New York tax filers reporting more than $375,000 a year in earned income may end up paying nearly 60% of their wages in taxes to the government under a Barack Obama presidency …
 
 
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
McCain, 71, nods off on ‘Late Night with Conan’
Discussion: Boston Globe and Wonkette
Ashley Johnson / National Journal Online:
Promises to Keep  —  IF HISTORY IS ANY GUIDE, THE NEXT PRESIDENT …
Discussion: The Swamp
Joel Stein / Los Angeles Times:
How to make fun of Obama  —  Tips for those who find it too hard …
WorldNetDaily:
State Dept. promotes ‘Mosques in America’
Discussion: The Corner and QandO
Catherine Donaldson-Evans / Fox News:
PETA Expands Ad Campaign That Uses Teen Pregnancy to Push Pet Message
Anjeanette Damon / Reno Gazette-Journal:
GOP cancels state convention; panel to pick Nevada national delegates
Discussion: Washington Wire and MSNBC
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A Bear's Best Friends?
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Discussion: Opinion L.A.
 Earlier Items: 
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
In Texas, the Right Boots Up to Gain Strength Online
Ahmad Shuja / Fox News:
Photographer Detained After Filming Taliban Execution of Two Women in Afghanistan
Jim Christie / Reuters:
California opposes move to ban gay marriage: poll
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Talks Signal Mideast Shift
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Elizabeth Edwards on The Colbert Report
Megan McArdle:
The happiest day of your life . . .
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign's Parting Gift To Obama Traveling Press Corps
Discussion: www.redstate.com