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4:25 PM 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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Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
White House Accidentally E-Mails to Reporters Story That Maliki Supports Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan  —  The White House this afternoon accidentally sent to its extensive distribution list a Reuters story headlined “Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan - magazine.”
Spiegel Online:
Iraq Leader Maliki Supports Obama's Withdrawal Plans  —  In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Barack Obama's 16 timeframe for a withdrawal from Iraq is the right one.  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supports US presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan …
New York Times:
Obama Opens a Foreign Tour in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Senator Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, opening a high-stakes foreign trip in a country that is increasingly the focus of his clash with Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign over whether the war …
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
It's Over  —  Not much to say here.  Other than the fact that this is a huge huge huge deal.  Article speaks for itself. … And … And … Is there anything left to say?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Maliki: Obama's 16-month timetable sounds good; Update: Spiegel changes quote  —  Here's the exchange from Spiegel's English translation, duly hyped by Reuters as tacit evidence of Liberal Jesus's foreign-policy sagacity. … The unasked follow-up question: How about the 14-month timetable …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MALIKI BACKS BARACK OBAMA'S IRAQ PLAN.  —  To really understand the importance of Maliki's comments, you need to consider their opposite.  Imagine if Maliki had walked in front of the cameras and said, “at this stage, a timetable for withdrawal is unrealistic, and we hope our American friends …
Kitty Donaldson / Bloomberg:
Brown Says No ‘Artificial Timetable’ for Iraq Troop Withdrawal  —  U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he would not set “an artificial timetable” for withdrawing British troops from Iraq, though progress toward a reduction is being made.  —  “It is certainly our intention that we reduce our troops …
Discussion: Commentary
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bush Accepts Time Horizon for US Troop withdrawal
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Spiegel Online:
‘The Tenure of Coalition Troops in Iraq Should Be Limited’
Discussion: The Swamp
CNN:
Obama lands in Afghanistan
Washington Post / The Trail:
Obama Travels to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Fix
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama arrives in Afghanistan
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Think Progress:
Live Blogging: Al Gore To Appear This Morning At Netroots Nation Convention  —  “Former Vice President Al Gore is scheduled to speak this morning to more than 2,000 bloggers and others meeting at the Netroots Nation convention.  His appearance here has been kept hush hush …
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Conservative Group to Air Anti-Obama Ads  —  An independent conservative group that worked on behalf of President Bush in 2004 is planning to begin broadcasting nationally next week a commercial that attacks Senator Barack Obama as a flip-flopper.  —  The non-profit advocacy group …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
McCain, 71, nods off on ‘Late Night with Conan’  —  By the time Sen. John McCain gets on NBC's “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” tonight, it's gonna look like it's way past the veteran senator's bedtime.  —  The show was, of course, taped this afternoon, a little bit late due to a very surprising event …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Political harmony v. the rule of law: an easy choice for the political establishment  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Former Congressman Harold Ford appeared at the Netroots Nation conference yesterday, argued that Bush officials shouldn't be held accountable for crimes they committed while in office …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
APS & Global Warming  —  The story gets more complicated — and interesting.  Here, via Benny Peiser's always valuable email, is Monckton's letter to the American Physical Society: … Relevant links: Monckton's paper.  The Announcement by the APS editor of Physics & Society to open …
 
 
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