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12:10 AM ET, July 23, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
Obama , Couric Spar Over Surge  —  Check out this exchange between CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric and Sen. Barack Obama about why Obama says he still wouldn't have supported the surge back then had he known it would help reduce violence so significantly.
CBS News:
Obama: Surge Doesn't Meet Long-Term Goals  —  In An Exclusive Interview With Katie Couric, Illinois Senator Defends Position On Troop Buildup … Katie Couric: Sen. Obama, first of all, you have not been to Iraq since 2006.  What did you learn on your recent visit that surprised you?  Or what was new?
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
History Rears Up To Spit In Your Face  —  diggs  —  digg it  —  Dear press corps,  —  Please recognize that this is completely f**king wrong. … The colonel in question is now a one-star general, and his name is Sean MacFarland.  He was commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team …
Gateway Pundit:
Unreal!... Obama Tells Katie Couric the Surge Was a Bad Strategy ...Updated With Video  —  Katie Couric and Barack Obama sparred over the success of the surge in an interview today.  —  This aired on CBS News tonight.  —  UPDATE: This was an amazing segment on CBS News.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Disputes Obama Account Of The Surge  —  In the third of three excerpts from tonight's presidential candidate interviews on the CBS Evening News, Sen. John McCain calls Sen. Obama's account of why the surge succeeded a “false account” of history.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama: Israeli Strike Against Syria Last Year “Appropriate”
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA ON THE SURGE....Over at the Corner, Andy McCarthy berates …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Obama's Iraq Politics
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Matthew Yglesias:   We Owe It All to the Surge  —  After a couple of days worth …
National Enquirer:
SEN. JOHN EDWARDS CAUGHT WITH MISTRESS AND LOVE CHILD!  —  Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.  —  The married ex-senator from North Carolina …
Byron York / The Corner:
Re: Edwards  —  On the John Edwards story, I do wonder how much, if any, coverage this report will receive.  Edwards is, after all, in the pool for the Democratic vice presidential nomination; after first seeming to take himself out of the running, he put himself back in the race two weeks ago …
Discussion: Wizbang
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
John Edwards in a Feydeau Farce at the Beverly Hilton
Discussion: DBKP
Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair Covers The New Yorker  —  We here at Vanity Fair maintain a kind of affectionate rivalry with our downstairs neighbors at The New Yorker.  We play softball every year, compete for some of the same stories, and share an elevator bank.  (You can tell the ones who are headed …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain Meltdown  —  John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire: … This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered.  I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate.  It smacks of desperation.  It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Desperate McCain launches outrageous attack on Obama; says Obama wants to lose in Iraq  —  2:30 PM UPDATE: The video is now working....again...finally.  —  UPDATE: The video was uploaded a few minutes ago, so if you're getting an error trying to view it, give it a few minutes and come back.
Deacon / Power Line:
Heavy mush  —  The day after Barack Obama said that the troop surge in Iraq has worked but that he was right to oppose it because “we had to change the political debate,” Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post proclaims that Obama has, by virtue of his trip to the Middle East, demonstrated his “gravitas.”
Brad / Wonk Room:
Pickens Tells Offshore Drilling Advocates: 'You're Going To Get A Rude Awakening'  —  Testifying before Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, conservative Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens explained his plan to dramatically decrease oil usage by greatly expanding wind power electricity.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle:
The lowdown on offshore oil reserves
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steven G. Calabresi / Chicago Tribune:
Too young for the No. 1 job?  —  Barack Obama is too young to be president.  Yes I know he is 46 and the Constitution sets the presidential age qualification at 35 or higher, but Obama has said that we ought not to interpret the Constitution woodenly and formalistically.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
“Wall Street Got Drunk”: ‘Banned’ Bush Video Surfaces  —  An ABC-TV outlet in Houston, and now the Houston Chronicle, have posted a video taken at a political fundraiser for Pete Olson, featuring George W. Bush last week — capturing some embarrassing/revealing moments after, he noted, he had asked cameras to be turned off.
Krooney /
Novak: “I Just Put Something on the Internet” (!!)  —  Prince of Darkness tells Fox News Channel: His report about McCain announcing his running mate this week may have been “a dodge” by the campaign to grab some headlines from Obama.  —  The conservative columnist goes on to say he'd gotten the tip from a …
Michelle Malkin:
Hell hath no fury like a Maverick spurned  —  So, the McCain camp is trying to have fun with the Obamedia lovefest.  They've posted two music video spoofs and are asking supporters to vote for their favorite.  I agree with the message, of course.  And the vids are well-executed.
Emily Sherman / CNN:
Congress members' flight loses cabin pressure  —  (CNN) — A plane carrying 123 people, including seven members of Congress, was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday due to mechanical issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said.  —  The pilot of Continental Airlines Flight 458 …
Flight carrying members of Congress makes emergency landing
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Ohio Presidential Election  —  McCain Opens Modest Lead in Ohio  —  John McCain has opened a modest lead over Barack Obama in the key swing state of Ohio.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Buckeye State shows McCain attracting 46% of the vote while Obama earns 40%.
Poblano /
Dueling Ohio Polls
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Nas delivers petition to Fox  —  Hip hop star Nas heads to Fox's Manhattan headquarters Wednesday at 2pm to deliver a petition with over 600,000 signatures calling on the network to “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.”  —  “FOX poisons the country …
Ben Lowry / Telegraph:
Tory MPs abandon Republicans to back Barack Obama  —  Almost a third of Tory MPs willing to publicly express their preferences in the US presidential election are prepared to jettison their party's historic links with the Republicans and back Democrat Senator Barack Obama.
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KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
Stop the presses! …
Discussion: D-Day and Crooks and Liars
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Iraq Trip Changes McCain's Position On Iraq
Discussion: Reuters and Donklephant
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Mukasey's Wary Start Dismays Ex-Backers
Major Garrett / Major Garrett's Bourbon Room:
Obama Advisers Squirm About Berlin Speech
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Rep. John Boehner on Bob Barr, Jeff Flake, and Losing Elections
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Hard to Be Humble
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's New Line On Obama
The New Republic:
Maliki's Endorsement: Not Lost in Translation
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax
Matthew Yglesias:
I Can Haz Chart?  —  Stunning stuff as National Review's Peter …
Media Matters for America:
Stephanopoulos falsely suggested Obama “now” …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
So Pastor Hagee, Tells Us A Few Things About the Jews....
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Humanizing al Qaeda, Demonizing the Bush Team
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Photo of the Day  —  As Barack Obama prepares to visit …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Scott Brooks /
McCain returns to NH with visit to Rochester
Dee Dee Myers / Vanity Fair:
Is the Media Trying to Elect Obama?

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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Internal memo: ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku is leaving the network and her 35-year career in journalism

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James Ball / Politico:
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