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1:25 AM ET, July 20, 2008

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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.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRETTY WEAK  —  The McCain campaign has just come out with their response to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki's endorsement of Obama's withdrawal plan.  I think the clotted, dodging-the-issue nature of the response communicates very clearly the box this has placed the McCain camp in.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder:
Al-Maliki's Announcement: A Big Deal  —  This could be one of those unexpected events that forever changes the way the world perceives an issue.  Iraq's Prime Minister agrees with Obama, and there's no wiggle room or fudge factor.  This puts John McCain in an extremely precarious spot …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Maliki Backs Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan  —  The policies and whims of American leaders have played a major role in politics in Iraq and elsewhere.  And now, it's Iraqi President Nouri Kamal al-Maliki's turn to dip his toes in the United States's race for the White House.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign Responds To Al-Maliki  —  “His domestic politics require him to be for us getting out,” said a senior McCain campaign official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.  “The military says ‘conditions based’ and Maliki said ‘conditions based’ yesterday in the joint statement with Bush.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG DEAL?  NO ... BIGGER  —  I've spent a couple hours now trying to process the probable impact of Prime Minister al Maliki's explicit endorsement of Barack Obama's 16 month timetable for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.  My first instinct is always to try not to overstate the impact of momentary developments.
Discussion: Open Left and Fox News
Steven Lee Myers / The Caucus:   White House Tips Press Off to Maliki Interview
Spiegel Online:
Iraq Leader Maliki Supports Obama's Withdrawal Plans
Kitty Donaldson / Bloomberg:
Brown Says No ‘Artificial Timetable’ for Iraq Troop Withdrawal
Discussion: Commentary
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bush Accepts Time Horizon for US Troop withdrawal
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MALIKI BACKS BARACK OBAMA'S IRAQ PLAN.
Reuters:
Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan: report
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:   Fight War, Not Wars
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Dem Party Officials Send Sharply-Worded Email Demanding That Hillary Donors And Supporters Get Behind Obama  —  In a sign that senior Democratic officials remain deeply concerned that post-primary bitterness could imperil Barack Obama's chances, two top Democratic officials have emailed …
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gore compares offshore drilling to invasion of Iraq  —  In a surprise appearance at Netroots Nation — which apparently was the worst-kept secret in Austin, Texas — former Vice President Al Gore followed up a speech by Nancy Pelosi by laying out a narrative on climate change and the energy crisis …
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact  —  It started when Juana Villegas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was nine months pregnant, was pulled over by a police officer in a Nashville suburb for a routine traffic violation.  —  By the time Mrs. Villegas was released …
Discussion: Lonewacko
William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
From Argentina's Clarin newspaper: Resurrected U.S. Fourth Fleet Creates Suspicion Across South America  —  Why has the United States decided to resurrect the U.S. Navy's Fourth Fleet, which has been in mothballs since the 1950s?  And why has it chosen to do so now?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commercial bankruptcies soar, reflecting widening economic woes  —  WASHINGTON — Driven by a sour economy and skittish consumers, U.S. business bankruptcies saw their sharpest quarterly rise in two years, jumping 17 percent in the second quarter of 2008, according to an analysis by McClatchy.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Nancy Pelosi: “Two oil men in the White House” are responsible for high oil prices  —  Who knew Nancy Pelosi was such a straight-shooter?  When Wolf Blitzer tries to pin part of the blame for the current energy crisis on the Democratic Congress, Pelosi shoots back by saying her House …
Discussion: Macsmind
Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
Texas Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project  —  Texas regulators have approved a $4.93 billion wind-power transmission project, providing a major lift to the development of wind energy in the state.  —  The planned web of transmission lines will carry electricity from remote western parts …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Slight Edge Over McCain  —  Advantage is two points in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking updates shows the presidential race remains close, with Barack Obama continuing to hold a slight advantage over John McCain, 45% to 43%.
Discussion: American Spectator
 
 
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