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5:05 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 …
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 and TPM Election Central
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
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” …
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   TRANSLATION ISSUE OR MORE WAPO HACKERY?
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:   Could Obama's Running Mate Be With Him Now?
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
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?
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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
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Mukasey Asks Congress to Write New Rules on Detainees  —  Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey this morning urged lawmakers to step into the debate over how the U.S. legal system should handle claims by detainees at the U.S. naval facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, beseeching Congress …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Administration Calls for Action on Detainees
Discussion: The Swamp and 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.
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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
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: 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!
The Hill Blog:
“The Dark Knight” Was Brilliantly Made (Sen. Patrick Leahy)  —  This, more than any earlier film, explores the psychotic nature of the Joker, but also the psychological conflicts in the Batman.  It was brilliantly filmed, and Heath Ledger's performance was so good that it shows us …
Sen. Hillary Clinton / Reproductive Health:
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Shakesville and puma pac
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
One simple way to predict a victor  —  One cannot help but be struck by the current disconnection in US presidential politics between, on one hand, the excitement and enthusiasm that attend Barack Obama's candidacy and, on the other, the tightness of the race according to recent polls.
 
 
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