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4:25 PM ET, July 21, 2008


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Drudge Report:
NYT REJECTS MCCAIN'S EDITORIAL; SHOULD ‘MIRROR’ OBAMA  —  An editorial written by Republican presidential hopeful McCain has been rejected by the NEW YORK TIMES — less than a week after the paper published an essay written by Obama, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Rasmussen Reports:
Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win  —  The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters …
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
Why the New York Times were right to reject John McCain's article  —  The New York Times has rejected a piece by Senator John McCain, having already run one by Barack Obama.  And you know what?  I think they may be right.  —  Here's how I would have dealt with the two articles …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Maliki's “Inartful” Statement  —  If the New York Times account is to be credited, McCain should stick with the “Maliki was ‘inartful’” explanation.  “Mistranslated and taken out of context” is not gonna fly.  —  The Times indicates that, after Maliki's interview comments in Der Spiegel became known, U.S. diplomats complained.
New York Times rejects McCain's Iraq essay  —  (CNN) — The New York Times has rejected an essay that Sen. John McCain wrote defending his Iraq war policy.  —  The piece was in response to an op-ed from Sen. Barack Obama that was published in the paper last week.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   NYT wanted “timetables” in McCain op-ed
Associated Press:
Iraqi officials hopes for US troop pullout by 2010  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's government spokesman is hopeful that U.S. combat forces could be out of the country by 2010.  —  Ali al-Dabbagh made the comments following a meeting in Baghdad on Monday between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MCCAIN'S ROUGH WEEKEND  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** McCain's rough weekend: You know you had a problematic weekend when: 1) one of your top economic advisers/surrogates finally steps down from the campaign after his “nation of whiners” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TRANSLATION ISSUE OR MORE WAPO HACKERY?  —  We noted over the weekend that the Washington Post all but ignored the initial story of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki announcing his support for Barack Obama's 16 month withdrawal plan.  Now that the Iraqi government's de facto embrace of Obama's timetable …
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:   Could Obama's Running Mate Be With Him Now?
Byron York / The Corner:
Maliki's “Inartful” Statement
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Obama's Iraq tour revealing
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Revenge: New Yorker Banned From Press Plane For Overseas Trip  —  It led with the report that Lara Logan had scored the first overseas sit-down with Barack Obama, but here's the most interesting nugget from yesterday's Mike Allen piece about the trip: … Wow.  So it's gonna be like that, is it?
Discussion: Guardian, The Politico and Gawker
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
In satirical payback, Obama camp denies New Yorker writer plane seat
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Swamp
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama roars with $25M one-day haul  —  After locking up his party's presidential nomination, Barack Obama's fundraising operation came roaring back to life in June, generating more than a million dollars on five days, including a whopping $25 million that came in on the last day of the month.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Administration Calls for Action on Detainees  —  WASHINGTON — After a major setback in the Supreme Court last month, the Bush administration urged Congress on Monday to work out a plan for allowing prisoners in Guantánamo Bay to contest their incarcerations before federal judges …
Aamer Madhani / The Swamp:
Mukasey: We need detainee hearing rules
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:
Obama: Go to Mecca, not Berlin  —  The travel itineraries of the candidates for President have been interesting to analyze.  A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Cindy McCain was going to travel to Rwanda as part of a group to discuss the effects of poverty and disease on the people in that country.
Discussion: Eunomia
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
The “Inartful” Maliki  —  Andy: Nothing in any of Maliki's “inartful” statements is the least bit surprising to a “To Hell With Them” Hawk.  This absurd and insane desire to be loved and admired by foreigners will be the death of this republic.  —  Now that our American blood and money …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Warns Of ‘Hard Struggle’ On The ‘Iraq-Pakistan Border’  —  Today on Good Morning America, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to call the situation in Afghanistan “precarious and urgent,” but admitted that “We have a lot of work to do.”  He warned of a “very hard struggle …
Ross Douthat:
The Road To Serfdom?  —  That's what President Bush has put us on, according to Peter Robinson, who cites, to prove his point, the following chart:  —  Note that the increase looks roughly twice as shocking as it actually is because the chart-makers, John Cogan and Glenn Hubbard …
Discussion: American Spectator and The Corner
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Times Columnist Uncovers His Darkest Story  —  David Carr's latest subject is a pathetic human being, a thug, a manipulative jerk who uses people and puts his own kids in danger.  —  The New York Times media columnist is writing about himself.  —  He is unsparing as he rips the protective bark off …
National Review:
A Strategy For McCain  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: A longer version of this piece appears in the new issue of National Review.  —  The good news for Republicans is that Obama can be beaten.  The bad news is that the McCain campaign has embarked on a course that — although it has some of the right elements — seems likely to fail.
Wall Street Journal:
Their Fair Share  —  Washington is teeing up “the rich” for a big tax hike next year, as a way to make them “pay their fair share.”  Well, the latest IRS data have arrived on who paid what share of income taxes in 2006, and it's going to be hard for the rich to pay any more than they already do.
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During a segment on education, Fox News misspells the word ‘education.’
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SETTLED  —  With the Iraqis now walking back their walk-back …
Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times:
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Washington Wire:
McCain Blames Obama for High Gas Prices in New Ad
Discussion: Pharyngula and Amygdala
CBS News:
Obama: Now Is The Time For Iraq Withdrawal
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