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11:45 AM ET, July 20, 2008

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CNN:
Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan  —  (CNN) — A German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as saying that he backed a proposal by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months.
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Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Day 1 of Obama's Magical Media Tour: All Air from Outside the Paint!  —  A great first day on national television news for Barack Obama as he began his much-hyped overseas trip with a stop in Kuwait before moving on to Afghanistan.  CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, seemingly channeling the media's own excitement …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Maliki spokesman: His timetable comment was “not conveyed accurately”
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Maliki Backs Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan
Steven Lee Myers / The Caucus:
White House Tips Press Off to Maliki Interview
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
CNN:
Obama meets with Afghan president  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday — a leader the Democratic senator has criticized for not doing enough to rebuild the war-torn nation.  —  The presumptive Democratic …
Discussion: TIME.com and Connecting.the.Dots
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Washington Post:
Obama Gets Look At Afghan War Zone  —  Iraqi Leader Backs 16-Month Pullout Plan  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama got his first look at deteriorating conditions in war-torn Afghanistan on Saturday, meeting with U.S. military commanders and local officials and touring part …
Aaron Barnhart / TV Barn:
MSNBC prez on Fox News: “You can't trust a word they say”  —  MSNBC president Phil Griffin spoke with me earlier this week, a few hours after he was promoted to his new post (see my earlier story).  Because of what the techies call a “catastrophic failure” of my hard drive (a strange phrase …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Tautology of Hope  —  I'm pretty sure this is photoshopped, but either way it says volumes about Obama's vapid sloganeering:
Discussion: protein wisdom
CNN:
Preview the Show  —  About the show  —  CNN Presents: Black in America continues with “The Black Woman & Family.”  Soledad O'Brien explores the varied experiences of black women and families and investigates the disturbing statistics of single parenthood, racial disparities between students and the devastating toll of HIV/AIDS.
Discussion: Firedoglake
John P. Avlon / The Politico:
Obama's steady centrism  —  Throughout the left-wing blogosphere, the cry has come: Barack Obama is moving away from them, and to the center.  “Moving to the middle is for losers,” cried the politically ambidextrous Arianna Huffington.  He's “betraying his claims of being a new kind of politician …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Next Right
Frank Rich / New York Times:
It's the Economic Stupidity, Stupid  —  THE best thing to happen to John McCain was for the three network anchors to leave him in the dust this week while they chase Barack Obama on his global Lollapalooza tour.  Were voters forced to actually focus on Mr. McCain's response …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: Israel uses rats against J'lem Arabs  —  The Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa says Israel is using rats to drive Arab families out of their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem.  —  In the past the news agency, which is controlled and funded …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Aide Scheunemann Linked To Bush Library ‘Cash For Access’ Scandal  —  McCain Aide Scheunemann Linked To Bush Library ‘Cash For Access’ Scandal  —  Earlier this month, the Sunday Times caught longtime Bush associate Stephen Payne on tape offering access to top Bush administration officials …
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
It Came From Outer Space  —  July 19, Oxford, UK-Death by asteroids, comets and gamma ray bursts was on the agenda of the conference on Global Catastrophic Risks this morning.  First up was NASA senior scientist David Morrison to talk about the Spaceguard Survey and the threat of a catastrophic asteroid strike.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
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Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
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Boston Globe:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: The New Republic
Gallup:
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Discussion: American Spectator
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How a Young Lawyer Saved the Second Amendment
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Nancy Pelosi: “Two oil men in the White House” are responsible for high oil prices
Discussion: Macsmind
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Immigrant, Pregnant, Is Jailed Under Pact
Discussion: Lonewacko