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12:30 PM ET, July 20, 2008

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Spiegel Online:
Iraqi Leader Stirs up US Campaign  —  Obama is pleased, but McCain certainly is not.  In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki expressed support for Obama's troop withdrawal plans.  Despite a half-hearted retraction, the comments have stirred up the US presidential campaign.
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Tarek Al-Issawi / Bloomberg:
Maliki Doesn't Endorse Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hasn't endorsed any specific plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, a government spokesman said, a day after a magazine report that he backed Barack Obama's proposal.
CNN:
Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan
Steven Lee Myers / The Caucus:
White House Tips Press Off to Maliki Interview
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rendering public opinion irrelevant  —  One of the most striking aspects of our political discourse, particularly during election time, is how efficiently certain views that deviate from the elite consensus are banished from sight — simply prohibited — even when those views are held by the vast majority of citizens.
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
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
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Given a Shovel, Americans Dig Deeper Into Debt  —  The collection agencies call at least 20 times a day.  For a little quiet, Diane McLeod stashes her phone in the dishwasher.  —  But right up until she hit the wall financially, Ms. McLeod was a dream customer for lenders.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Dan Rather: Jesse Jackson paved the way for...Osama bin Laden?!
Discussion: The Sideshow
New York Times:
Closed Mouths, but Open Tryouts to Make the Team
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Aide Scheunemann Linked To Bush Library ‘Cash For Access’ Scandal
Mercury News:
County voter drive blocked
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Vote for Coverage of Substance
Discussion: TIME.com and Big Brass Blog
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Iran Nuclear Talks End in Deadlock
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
Eleanor Clift / Newsweek:
A Perception Problem  —  What will keep The New Yorker's image from sticking?
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
The Huffington Post:
Al Gore Surprise Guest At Netroots Nation
 Earlier Items: 
Boston Globe:
Gramm quits McCain campaign
Associated Press:
Lawmakers Could Consider Gas Tax Hike, After Gas Tax Holiday Fails
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hot Air
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Slight Edge Over McCain
Discussion: American Spectator
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How a Young Lawyer Saved the Second Amendment
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Dem Party Officials Send Sharply-Worded Email Demanding …
Wall Street Journal:
Cities, Customers Launch ‘Save Our Starbucks’ Efforts
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Nancy Pelosi: “Two oil men in the White House” are responsible for high oil prices
Discussion: Macsmind
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Means Testing, for Medicare
 

 
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