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10:55 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Informed Comment
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
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
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
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Iran Nuclear Talks End in Deadlock  —  GENEVA — International talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions ended in deadlock on Saturday, despite the Bush administration's decision to reverse policy and send a senior American official to the table for the first time.  —  The presence of William J. Burns …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Al Gore Surprise Guest At Netroots Nation  —  Al Gore surprised — and delighted — the crowd at the Netroots Nation conference in Austin, Texas today, appearing on the heels of a speech by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  (Update: Video here.)  —  According to the various Twitter feeds …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Gore Wows the Netroots Crowd
Neil Hyde / Guardian:
Global warming: green campaigners blamed for 4x4 attacks  —  Green campaigners are being blamed for vandalising a number of 4x4 cars in Marston, Oxford, on Thursday night.  The owners of six vehicles found that tyres had been let down and warning letters plastered to the windscreens.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
 
 
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Discussion: TIME.com and Big Brass Blog
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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Discussion: protein wisdom
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
A Perception Problem  —  What will keep The New Yorker's image from sticking?
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
Boston Globe:
Gramm quits McCain campaign
Associated Press:
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Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
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William Kern / The Moderate Voice:
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Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Wall Street Journal:
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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:
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Discussion: Lonewacko
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