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11:40 PM ET, July 20, 2008


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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.
New York Times:
Iraqi Premier Steps Back on U.S. Troops Comment  —  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.
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  —  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.
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Obama expected to meet Iraq war commanders
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jane Merrick / The Independent:
Brown plans to withdraw troops as he backs Obama over ‘war on terror’
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
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: FINAL REPORT ON OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE FORGERY CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN  —  Techdude delivers a final report that exceeds my wildest expectations.  It is irrefutable, empirical evidence - Obama's birth certificate is a forgery. … My deepest thanks and appreciation …
Israel Insider:
Document forensics expert: Obama “birth certificate” a “horrible forgery”
Discussion: Israpundit
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 …
Discussion: A Newt One and
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama flunks history, again  —  After receiving a hailstorm of criticism for considering Brandenburg Gate for a public speech, as well as official German dissuasion, Barack Obama moved the venue to the Siegessäule monument.  Obama will speak about “historic” US-German relations …
July 20: Al Gore, political roundtable  —  Al Gore, David Gregory, Chuck Todd  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: He served as Bill Clinton's vice president for eight years, then lost the presidential election to George W. Bush in 2000.  He has since focused on his environmental crusade …
Discussion: The Jed Report, Gristmill and TalkLeft
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
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.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and
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.
Discussion: The RBC and Matthew Yglesias
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's  —  Democrat targets 50 states as rival focuses on tossups  —  John McCain is sending smaller staffs to some states but spending more on TV ads than his rival, Barack Obama.  (Carolyn Kaster/associated Press)  —  Behind the headlines about the unprecedented success …
Matthew Yglesias:
Foreign Policy Experience  —  Barack Obama displays the kind of outside shooting touch that Team USA desperately needs to crack the true zone defense utilitized in the international game:  —  They say we're going to start with a small ball lineup of Howard, Anthony, James, Bryant, and Kidd.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON GLOBAL WARMING  —  David Evans was a consultant to the “Australian Greenhouse Office” from 1999 to 2005.  He is a former global warming alarmist; however, he is also a scientist who goes where the evidence leads him.  In this important article in The Australian …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Maggie's Farm
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Obama's Mini State Dept.
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Discussion: Booman Tribune and Corrente
Lee Siegel / New York Times:
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
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Discussion: Gawker and The Sideshow
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Palestinians: Israel uses rats against J'lem Arabs
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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Discussion: Sadly, No! and protein wisdom
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
It Came From Outer Space
Discussion: The Moderate Voice