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9:30 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.
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 …
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: and TPM Election Central
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   NYT wanted “timetables” in McCain op-ed
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
McCain To Meet With Jindal
Discussion: and
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain closes in on VP
Discussion: The Jed Report
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 …
Discussion: Political Machine and Taylor Marsh
Gary Gensler / The Huffington Post:
Hillraisers Donated Less Than $20,000 To Obama In June  —  By now, most political junkies know that Barack Obama raised a lot of money in June.  —  But his campaign's $52 million dollar take for the month becomes all the more impressive when considering the utter lack of help he received …
Discussion: The Trail and Jack & Jill Politics
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Ceci n'est pas une movement
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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 …
Neel Shah / RADAR:
HEAD TRAUMA  —  Insiders reveal television's most hated pundits  —  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the English word pundit is derived from the Sanskrit term pandita, which referred to a class of learned, erudite colonial Indian scholars who advised the British about Indian customs …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain by Six Points  —  Lead is among the largest Obama has held over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on registered voters' general presidential election preferences finds Barack Obama with a 47% to 41% lead over John McCain.
Discussion: The Plank and TalkLeft
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Savage Stands by Autism Remarks  —  Michael Savage, the incendiary radio host who last week characterized nearly every child with autism as “a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out,” said in a telephone interview on Monday that he stood by his remarks and had no intention of apologizing …
Discussion: Althouse and
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 …
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Online:
Poll: Obama, McCain locked in tight battle for Michigan  —  Barack Obama and John McCain are locked in a tight Michigan presidential race, according to a Detroit News-WXYZ Action News poll that illustrates why both camps consider this one of the battleground states that could determine who wins in November.
Elizabeth Goodwin / New York Sun:
Upper East Side Church Hosts a Holocaust Denier  —  A Holocaust-denying historian appeared this month at an Upper East Side church, where he reiterated his claim that the Holocaust never happened.  —  David Irving, 70, spoke Wednesday at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish, a Catholic church on East 82nd Street.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Georgia Presidential Election  —  McCain Still Holds Solid Lead In Georgia  —  John McCain continues to enjoy a solid lead over Barack Obama in Georgia.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state shows McCain attracting 48% of the vote while Obama earns 39%.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Michele Bachmann / National Review:
Drill Here.  Drill Now.  —  This past weekend, I had the privilege …
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist captured in Baghdad
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Dallas Morning News:
Library donors need to be named
Matt / Think Progress:
O'Reilly Attacks Gore For Attending Netroots Nation: 'The Same …
Todd Gitlin / CJR:
In which Meet the Press meets Al Gore and, through him, the real world
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Open Left
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
The Fruits of the Surge  —  Terry Moran reports from Iraq on GMA:
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Obama's moneywoman was a subprime mortgage queen
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Funny Moments In Live Television: McCain as The Joker
 Earlier Items: 
Think Progress:
During a segment on education, Fox News misspells the word ‘education.’
Discussion: News Hounds and Wonkette
The Hill Blog:
‘The Dark Knight’ Was Brilliantly Made (Sen. Patrick Leahy)
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
The “Inartful” Maliki  —  Andy: Nothing in any of Maliki's …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Washington Wire:
McCain Blames Obama for High Gas Prices in New Ad
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama campaign hires Muslim liaison
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Times Columnist Uncovers His Darkest Story
Discussion: QandO
Tony Campbell / The Moderate Voice:
Obama: Go to Mecca, not Berlin
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Revenge: New Yorker Banned From Press Plane For Overseas Trip