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11:10 AM ET, July 21, 2008


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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Baghdad on Mideast Tour  —  BAGHDAD — Senator Barack Obama arrived in Baghdad on Monday, meeting with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and other senior Iraqi politicians, on the latest leg of a weeklong overseas tour, his first as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
News in terror hot spots appears to aid Obama  —  Barack Obama's long-awaited and much-hyped trip overseas, in large part intended to overcome a perception that he's not up to the job of commander-in-chief, seems to have come at the perfect time as recent events in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran have played into his message.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
McCain (and Petraeus) Know Best  —  Here's the key exchange from McCain's interview this morning on NBC's “Today”: … So, basically, the new McCain position on withdrawal seems to be: we shouldn't listen to what the Iraqi government says it wants, we should listen to what McCain says it wants.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Obama's Iraq tour revealing
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Iraqi Government Acting Like Real Government
Discussion: The Fix, Informed Comment and CBS News
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp: Admiral Mullen Opposes Timtetable
CNN:   Obama meeting with U.S. commanders, Iraqi officials
Robert H. Reid /
Analysis: Iraq playing US politics for best deal
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.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Clinton Lends Her Campaign More Money as Its Debt Proves Stubborn
Discussion: Spin Cycle
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
After 2000, McCain Learned to Work Levers of Power  —  Senator John McCain was all but a sworn enemy of Senator Trent Lott, the former Republican leader.  —  Mr. Lott had quashed Mr. McCain's most cherished legislative goals.  And, worse, Mr. McCain believed that in the 2000 Republican primaries …
Discussion: Think Progress, Commentary and
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Dobson Leans Toward Endorsing McCain  —  There seems to be a kumbaya moment occurring on the conservative front, and it's one that would apply a salve to Senator John McCain's uneven, unsettled relationship with the religious right.  —  Enter James Dobson, who has at times been blistering in his criticisms of Mr. McCain.
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Dobson shifts positions, may endorse McCain
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and GetReligion
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.
William Kristol / New York Times:
No Substitute for Victory  —  I'll go out on a limb and say that Barack Obama will be well received when he speaks in Berlin on July 24.  —  O.K., it's not exactly a limb.  A recent poll shows that the German public prefers Obama to John McCain by 67 percent to 6 percent.  —  But there is angst in Germany.
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Europe's governments immune to Obama-fever
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Michael J. Totten:
The Bin Ladens of the Balkans, Part I  —  Around a thousand mujahideen, veteran Arabic fighters from the anti-Soviet insurgency in Afghanistan, showed up in Bosnia in the mid-1990s to fight a jihad against Serbian Orthodox Christians.  They thought they would be welcomed, and they were right.
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Liberal Bloggers Brace for Victory  —  Obama's Prospects Pose New Concerns for Netroots  —  AUSTIN, July 20 — “Yep, the way it's looking, we might actually win this thing . . .”  —  That's Markos Moulitsas talking, a.k.a. “Kos” to everyone here at Netroots Nation, the four-day liberal blogapalooza …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Booman Tribune
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
TRAIN-ING DAY FOR JIHADISTS  —  MUSLIM SUBWAY ADS HAVE TERROR TIE-IN  —  Allah board!  —  An Islamic group plans to blitz 1,000 subway cars with advertisements this September in a campaign being promoted by a Brooklyn imam whom federal officials have linked to a plot to blow up city landmarks.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Influx of Voters Likely to Test New Machines  —  With millions of new voters heading to the polls this November and many states introducing new voting technologies, election officials and voting monitors say they fear the combination is likely to create long lines, stressed-out poll workers and late tallies on Election Day.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Study: Poor ballot designs still affect U.S. elections
Discussion: Think Progress and PoliBlog (TM)
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
In satirical payback, Obama camp denies New Yorker writer plane seat  —  There's probably no connection whatsoever.  —  But the New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza, whose long, long article on Barack Obama's early political days in Chicago's ward politics (available here) was the reason …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain and Obama Agree to Attend Megachurch Forum  —  It has taken a man of God, perhaps, to do what nobody else has been able to do since the general election season began: Get Barack Obama and John McCain together on the same stage before their party conventions later this summer.
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Discussion: QandO and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
David Barboza / New York Times:
Western Olympic Ads Cheerlead for China
Discussion: The New Republic
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
One simple way to predict a victor
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Barack Obama fears the Blair effect: hero abroad, liability at home
Discussion: Commentary and Gateway Pundit
Theola Labbé-DeBose / Washington Post:
Michelle, Meritocracy and Me  —  I last visited my alma mater …
Matthew Walter / Bloomberg:
Chavez Goes Weapons Shopping in Russia Amid Arms Race
Discussion: Power Line
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Israel Decries U.N. Troops After Peacekeepers Salute Dead Hezbollah Terrorists
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Sobriety, Herr Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CBS scores first Obama interview abroad
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Detainee's Trial in Military System Begins Today
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
In Iraq, and Under the Spotlight
Discussion: Blog P.I.
Los Angeles Times:
Rice calls Iran's nuclear position ‘small talk’
San Francisco Chronicle:
Slaying suspect once found sanctuary in S.F.
Times of London:
Gordon Brown aide a victim of honeytrap operation by Chinese agents
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Barack Obama's Butterfly Effect