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3:20 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.
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.
Ilan Goldenberg /
Not a Gaffe: A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Iraq  —  John McCain made a mistake this evening, which as far as I'm concerned disqualifies him from being President.  It is so appalling and so factually wrong that I'm actually sitting here wondering who McCain's advisers are.
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
Matthew Yglesias:   McCain's Mixed-Up Timeline
The Huffington Post:
McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn't Air Footage
Discussion: The Jed Report
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Obama's Iraq Politics
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and 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
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.
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 …
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.
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bush on Economy: ‘Wall Street Got Drunk’  —  Explaining the current economic downturn to a closed-door fundraiser last week, President Bush said, “Wall Street got drunk.”  —  “There's no question about it,” Bush said.  “Wall Street got drunk, that's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras.
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.
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
Stop the presses! …
Discussion: D-Day and Crooks and Liars
David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle:
The lowdown on offshore oil reserves
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
The Fannie Mae Gang  —  Angelo Mozilo was in one of his Napoleonic moods.  It was October 2003, and the CEO of Countrywide Financial was berating me for The Wall Street Journal's editorials raising doubts about the accounting of Fannie Mae.  I had just been introduced to him by Franklin Raines …
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Woes Afflicting Mortgage Giants Raise Loan Rates
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama Campaign Prints German-language Flyers for Berlin Rally  —  This is pretty extraordinary.  A candidate for the American Presidency is using flyers printed in German to turn people out for his campaign rally in Berlin on Thursday.  This flyers can be found on a bilingual page on advertising the event:
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Obama: Israel's a friend of Israel  —  During Sen. Barack Obama's remarks to the press today in Amman, Jordan, he meant to assert that the United States would continue to strongly support Israel.  But this is how that sentence came out as he answered foreign policy questions on a broad range of subjects:
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Flight carrying members of Congress makes emergency landing  —  HOUSTON — A Continental Airlines flight carrying seven members of Congress from Houston to Washington was forced to make an emergency landing after it lost cabin pressure Tuesday afternoon.  —  Flight 458 was bound …
Emily Sherman / CNN:   Congress members' flight loses cabin pressure
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.
Discussion: Group News Blog
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 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rep. Wilson calls Obama ‘frighteningly inexperienced’
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
McCain may pay Jindal a call
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Gore's nutty idea
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Iraq Trip Changes McCain's Position On Iraq
Deacon / Power Line:
Heavy mush  —  The day after Barack Obama said that the troop surge …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Nas delivers petition to Fox
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Robertson Advocates Israel Striking Iran Before The 2008 Election
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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....
Michelle Malkin:
Hell hath no fury like a Maverick spurned
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

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