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6:45 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and The Mahablog
CNN:
New York Times rejects McCain essay  —  (CNN) — The New York Times has rejected an op-ed piece written by John McCain defending his Iraq war policy in response to a piece by Barack Obama published in the paper last week.  —  In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley …
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NYT wanted “timetables” in McCain op-ed
Discussion: Commentary
Sara Just / Political Radar:
McCain OpEd Not Up to NY Times' Snuff
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp Now Officially Disputing Maliki Translation
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MCCAIN'S ROUGH WEEKEND
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TRANSLATION ISSUE OR MORE WAPO HACKERY?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Could Obama's Running Mate Be With Him Now?
Discussion: The Seminal
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.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain by Six Points
Discussion: TalkLeft
Hillary Clinton / The Huffington Post:
An Outrageous Attempt by the Bush Administration to Undermine Women's Rights  —  The Bush administration is up to its old tricks again, quietly putting ideology before science and women's health.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is poised to put in place new barriers …
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 Fact-esque
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
In satirical payback, Obama camp denies New Yorker writer plane seat
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Swamp
Human Events:
ENPR Special: Sources say McCain Veep Pick to Come This Week  —  Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Slog
Washington Wire:
McCain Blames Obama for High Gas Prices in New Ad  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  High gas prices?  Blame Barack Obama, presidential rival John McCain says in his latest ad running in 11 states.  —  “Gas prices - $4, $5, no end in sight, because some in Washington …
Discussion: Amygdala and Pharyngula
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
The Essential Phil Gramm  —  When the Phil Gramm flap broke out about 10 days ago, with his Washington Times interview miscues about a nation of whiners and a mental recession, other McCain economic advisors were quick to lambaste the former Texas senator.  Douglas Holtz-Eakin told …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
We Can't Handle the Truth  —  The surest way to create a campaign controversy.
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: QandO
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: The Corner and American Spectator
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!
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
The Fruits of the Surge  —  Terry Moran reports from Iraq on GMA: … The reduction in violence, political reconciliation, the decimation of al Qaeda in Iraq, and the freedom of the Iraqi people—these are the fruits of the surge strategy that Barack Obama opposed and that John McCain advocated.
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Losing Sight of Progress  —  HOW BLIND SALAMANDERS MAKE NONSENSE OF CREATIONISTS' CLAIMS.  —  It is extremely seldom that one has the opportunity to think a new thought about a familiar subject, let alone an original thought on a contested subject, so when I had a moment of eureka a few nights ago …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
House Democratic Campaign Arm Broadens TV Buy  —  Moving quickly to capitalize on their massive financial advantage, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved television time in nearly two dozen more House districts, bringing their total investment in competitive contests to $53 million.
Discussion: TIME.com and Swing State Project
 
 
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