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2:40 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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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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?
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.
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bush Accepts Time Horizon for US Troop withdrawal
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and ATTACKERMAN
Washington Post / The Trail:
Obama Travels to Afghanistan
Discussion: The Fix, Commentary and TIME.com
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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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Al Gore Is Special Guest Star at Netroots Nation
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
McCain Co-Chairman, Under Fire, Steps Aside  —  Former Senator Phil Gramm resigned late Friday as a co-chairman of Senator John McCain's presidential campaign, capping a day filled with controversy for Mr. McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.  —  “It is clear to me that Democrats …
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