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3:30 PM ET, July 22, 2008


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The Politico:
McCain gaffes pile up; critics pile on  —  Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said “Iraq” when he apparently meant “Afghanistan” on Monday, adding to a string of mixed-up word choices that is giving ammunition to the opposition.  —  Just in the past three weeks, McCain has also mistaken “Somalia” …
Beth Sussman / The Hill:
Richardson to McCain: Stop whining about editorial  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is “overreacting” and “whining” in response to The New York Times refusing to run his editorial about Iraq.  —  Richardson, who supports Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Maliki Bets That Obama Will Prevail  —  Reception of Democrat Shaped by Chalabi Advice  —  WASHINGTON — In throwing his support behind Senator Obama's plan for a 16-month timetable for an American withdrawal from Iraq, Prime Minister al-Maliki is calculating that Mr. Obama …
Michael Grunwald / Time:
Never Underestimate McCain, But ...  John McCain might seem like a long shot.  He's the Republican nominee at a time when the two-term Republican President is wildly unpopular and Republicans are losing elections in perennially Republican districts and the party base isn't exactly drooling over him.
Matthew Yglesias:
Flippity Floppity  —  Jason Zengerle gets even-handed: … I think that's wrong in a whole bunch of ways.  For one thing, it's not some kind of crazy inconsistency to deride someone as a stooge while he's being a stooge, and then to stop deriding him when he stops being a stooge.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Makes War Gains
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Analysis: Obama's Gravitas  —  Barack Obama's press conference this morning in Amman, Jordan, was a major moment — perhaps the major moment — of the Illinois senator's much-ballyhooed trip abroad this week.  —  All eyes were on Obama to see how he would perform on a world stage …
McCain in Rochester - But where is Obama?
Discussion: Boston Globe
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp targets media “love” for Obama
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Far More Popular Among Jews Than Lieberman  —  If Barack Obama has a problem among Jewish voters, then Sen. Joseph Lieberman is in monumental trouble.  —  Among the most high-profile Jews in Congress, Lieberman is viewed far more unfavorably than the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a new poll.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The honorable centrist Joe Lieberman
Krissah Williams Thompson / Washington Post:
Young Republicans, Blue About the Prospects Ahead  —  Gen-Nexters Are Feeling Left Out of the Party  —  David All glanced around Top of the Hill bar and saw the future of the Republican Party.  It looked dim.  A who's who of young conservatives had gathered, but they were few, and they were frustrated.
Paul moves convention rally to bigger arena
Discussion: Washington Wire
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Why Jesse Jackson Hates Obama  —  A few weeks ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson made something of a fool of himself.  There he was — a historical figure in his own right — threatening the castration of Barack Obama.  It was sad to see.  —  If I have often criticized Mr. Jackson, I have also, reservedly, admired him.
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Obama on the Surge: “Had Those Political Factors Not Occurred, I Think That My Assessment Would Have Been Correct”  —  “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence” in Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said in January 2007.
Major Garrett / Major Garrett's Bourbon Room:
Obama, Reed, Hagel Note Iraq Progress, Credit More Than Surge
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Waterloo  —  I think the “news analysis” features in the newspapers are a little bit per se absurd (it's not an opinion! we swear! it's analysis!) but Richard Oppel and Jeff Zeleny on Obama's trip and the events in Iraq seems about spot-on to me.  Still, I'm not sure …
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%.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ink-Stained Wretchedness  —  Tattoos are the emblems of our age.  They bristle from the biceps of men in summer shirts, from the lower backs of women as they ascend stairs, from the shoulders of basketball players as they drive toward the basket, and from every inch of certain celebrities.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Graham: Romney ‘very much a contender’ for veep  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is “very much a contender” to be Sen. John McCain's running mate, according to one of McCain's closest allies on Capitol Hill.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who earlier this year told The Hill …
Marc Ambinder:
On McCain's VP Timing
Discussion: Hot Air
Dee Dee Myers / Vanity Fair:
Is the Media Trying to Elect Obama?  —  Tomorrow, CBS's Katie Couric will interview Barack Obama from Jordan.  On Wednesday, ABC's Charlie Gibson will chat with him from Israel.  And on Thursday, NBC's Brian Williams will do the honors from Germany.  Call it the presidential campaign equivalent of Shooting the Moon.
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George Gene Gustines / The Caucus:
The Candidates, Comically Drawn
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Washington Wire:
Top Obama Aide to Huddle with House Democrats
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Humanizing al Qaeda, Demonizing the Bush Team
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
The Perfect Part  —  While Her Husband Takes the National Spotlight …
Lance Fairchok / American Thinker:
Breeding Evil: Hezb'allah's Children
Marc Ambinder:
The “I Can't Put My Finger On It” Problem For Obama
Discussion: Commentary
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Photo of the Day  —  As Barack Obama prepares to visit …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Heidi & Spencer Plan Trip to Iraq
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Urges More Drilling, Blames Obama for Gas Prices
The Politico:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Flip Obama Treatment
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Michelle Obama's pledge: Barack will save all the children
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
GOP senators scramble for life boats
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
A PREDICTION: If Barack Obama is elected President …
Attack injures 5 near Obama's Jerusalem hotel