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12:35 AM ET, July 22, 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.
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
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 …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Warns Of ‘Hard Struggle’ On The ‘Iraq-Pakistan Border’
Matthew Yglesias:
The Iraq-Pakistan Border  —  John McCain, like all decent Americans …
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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 New Republic
Obama Won't ‘Rubber Stamp’ Military Decisions  —  In Exclusive ‘Nightline’ Interview, Senator Says He Still Doesn't Support Surge  —  After meeting with top U.S. military commanders and members of the Iraqi government, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., today said his opposition to the surge …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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: Gateway Pundit
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: If I had it to do over again, I'd still oppose the surge …
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
The Fruits of the Surge  —  Terry Moran reports from Iraq on GMA:
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
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
New Yorker's plane snub over Obama ‘terrorist’ cartoon
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Ceci n'est pas une movement
Discussion: Political Machine and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Bosnian Serb Under Arrest in War Crimes  —  PARIS — Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most wanted war criminals for his part in the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, was arrested Monday in a raid in Serbia that ended a 13-year hunt.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Mark Finkelstein /
Andrea on Obama Trip: ‘What Some Would Call Fake Interviews’  —  Andrea Mitchell might be a doyenne of the liberal media, but she has her reporter's pride and principles, both of which have been trampled by the way the Obama campaign has managed the media during the candidate's current trip to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
McCain insists he was right, Obama wrong on Iraq  —  KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Republican John McCain worked on Monday to wrestle the spotlight from rival Barack Obama's tour of Iraq by insisting he was right and the Democrat was wrong about the war and releasing a new critical ad blaming higher gas prices on his opponent.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Discussion: The New Republic
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
The “Inartful” Maliki  —  Andy: Nothing in any of Maliki's …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ross Douthat:
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