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3:13 AM ET, July 21, 2008


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New York Times:
Comment Stings Maliki on Eve of Obama Visit  —  BAGHDAD — On the eve of Senator Barack Obama's visit to Iraq, its prime minister tried to step back Sunday from comments in an interview in which he appeared to support Mr. Obama's plan for troop withdrawal.  —  The interview with the prime minister …
Dan Eggen / The Trail:
Maliki Aide's Statement Came After U.S. Call  —  The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel “misinterpreted and mistranslated” followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq.
Hilzoy / The Daily Dish:
More On Maliki  —  I've been thinking about the Maliki statement and its implications.  Here's my take.  —  McCain's entire rationale, as a candidate, turns on Iraq and related issues, like terrorism and (to a lesser extent) Iran.  What else is he going to run on?  His grasp of the economy?
Spiegel Online:
Iraqi Leader Stirs up US Campaign
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:   Obama expected to meet Iraq war commanders
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Barack Obama's Butterfly Effect  —  Today on CBS's Face the Nation, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Afghanistan, told the paparazzi-pursued correspondent Lara Logan that “the objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson shifts positions, may endorse McCain  —  Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Why The White House REALLY Wants McCain To Win  —  We've long since documented the desperate lengths that John McCain is willing to go to win the office of the Presidency, even to the point of hiring the same people responsible for those whisper campaigns in 2000 …
Christoph von Marschall / Washington Post:
Snubbed by Obama  —  Barack Obama is on his way to Europe, where an adoring public awaits.  But I wonder if the reception would be quite so enthusiastic if Obama's fans across the Atlantic knew a dirty little secret of his remarkable presidential campaign: Although Obama portrays himself …
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Shunning Foreign Media
Discussion: Ed and TigerHawk
Times of London:
Gordon Brown aide a victim of honeytrap operation by Chinese agents  —  A top aide to Gordon Brown has been a suspected victim of a “honeytrap” operation by Chinese intelligence agents.  —  The aide, a senior Downing Street adviser who was with the prime minister on a trip to China earlier this year …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Jane Merrick / The Independent:
Brown plans to withdraw troops as he backs Obama over ‘war on terror’
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
McCain's senior foreign policy advisor tied to global petro-influence peddling  —  John McCain's senior foreign policy adviser is a close business associate of Stephen Payne, the lobbyist caught on tape offering access to top administration officials in exchange for donations to the Bush Library.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Slaying suspect once found sanctuary in S.F.  —  The man charged with killing a father and two sons on a San Francisco street last month was one of the youths who benefited from the city's long-standing practice of shielding illegal immigrant juveniles who committed felonies from possible deportation, The Chronicle has learned.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain and Obama Agree to Attend Megachurch Forum  —  It has taken a man of God, perhaps, to do what nobody else has been able to do since the general election season began: Get Barack Obama and John McCain together on the same stage before their party conventions later this summer.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Borrowers and Bankers: A Great Divide
Discussion: The Agonist and Big Brass Blog
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Those Wily Evangelicals  —  Despite all the hype over Obama's religious outreach, a new Pew survey indicates Obama actually has slightly less support from evangelicals than John Kerry had at this point four years ago.  Not that this translates into evangelical enthusiasm for McCain …
Discussion: GetReligion and Gateway Pundit
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Washington Post:
Some Legal Activists Have Hearts Set on ‘True Liberal’
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama flunks history, again
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan back in national spotlight
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Obama's Mini State Dept.
Discussion: News Hounds
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's
Howard Witt / Chicago Tribune:
Taser death ignites racial tensions
Discussion: Corrente and Booman Tribune
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Maggie's Farm
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Washington Wire:
Surprise Visit by Bob Barr at Netroots Conference
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rendering public opinion irrelevant
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Dan Rather: Jesse Jackson paved the way for...Osama bin Laden?!
Discussion: The Sideshow
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