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10:50 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 …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Warns Of ‘Hard Struggle’ On The ‘Iraq-Pakistan Border’
Discussion: Political Machine and Taylor Marsh
Matthew Yglesias:
The Iraq-Pakistan Border  —  John McCain, like all decent Americans …
Discussion: MSNBC
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
McCain To Meet With Jindal  —  John McCain will huddle with vice presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal during a trip to New Orleans later this week, sources close to the campaign confirm to The Fix.  —  McCain's trip to Louisiana on Wednesday was the cause of much head scratching in the political world …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain closes in on VP  —  John McCain has narrowed his vice-presidential possibilities to the point where he considered a decision this week — but he's likely to hold off, say sources close to the campaign.  —  The prospect of stepping on Barack Obama's much-anticipated overseas trip …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Concedes That Surge Didn't Go As He Expected  —  Sen. Barack Obama said it was “fair” to notice that he did not anticipate that the surge of U.S. troops into Iraq would be coincident with the so-called Sunni Awakening and the decisions of Shia militias to reduce their footprints …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
The Fruits of the Surge  —  Terry Moran reports from Iraq on GMA:
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Karl / protein wisdom:
Obama's moneywoman was a subprime mortgage queen  —  The Wall Street Journal's John R. Emshwiller notices that Penny Pritzker — Barack Obama's national campaign-finance chairwoman — helped run Hinsdale, IL-based subprime-mortgage lender Superior Bank to its collapse in 2001:
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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
Elizabeth Goodwin / New York Sun:
Upper East Side Church Hosts a Holocaust Denier
Dallas Morning News:
Library donors need to be named
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Louisiana seeks change on death penalty
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
National Review:
A Strategy For McCain  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: A longer version …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Discussion: The New Republic
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
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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!
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Times Columnist Uncovers His Darkest Story
Discussion: QandO
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Revenge: New Yorker Banned From Press Plane For Overseas Trip