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9:30 AM ET, July 22, 2008


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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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HE'D RATHER LOSE A WAR THAN AN ELECTION  —  Tonight Barack Obama told ABC News that, knowing what we know now—that the surge in Iraq has been a success, that it has drastically reduced violence and given Iraq a shot at a bright future—he would still oppose it:  —  This was, I think, a moment of candor.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Concedes That Surge Didn't Go As He Expected
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: If I had it to do over again, I'd still oppose the surge …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Makes War Gains  —  Maliki's Embrace of Withdrawal Timeline Confounds McCain  —  When Sen. Barack Obama left Washington last week, he was under pressure to defend what Republican critics called an arbitrary deadline for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq.
New York Times:
For Obama, a First Step Is Not a Misstep  —  BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government on Monday left little doubt that it favors a withdrawal plan for American combat troops similar to what Senator Barack Obama has proposed, providing Mr. Obama with a potentially powerful political boost on a day he spent …
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain closes in on VP
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.
McCain's rejected New York Times op-ed piece  —  Here is the op-ed piece written by Sen. John McCain that the New York Times declined to run.  The piece was released to CNN by the McCain campaign:  —  In January 2007, when General David Petraeus took command in Iraq, he called the situation “hard” but not “hopeless.”
Associated Press:
Iraqi backing of Obama plan irks White House
Discussion: TalkLeft and Roger Ailes
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Coverage of ‘Netroots’ Confab Draws Protest— Snarky Article Spiked — Editor's Note Apologizes  —  NEW YORK (Commentary) It started innocently enough, over coffee in a hotel lobby, with me (as usual at that hour) huddled over a newspaper—in print, not on a laptop, unlike everyone else in the vicinity.
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Ford to Make Broader Bet on Small Cars  —  DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Motor Company, which devoted itself for nearly 20 years to putting millions of Americans into big pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles, is about to drastically alter its focus to building more small cars.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Debt  —  On the front page of Sunday's Times, Gretchen Morgenson described Diane McLeod's spiral into indebtedness, and now a debate has erupted over who is to blame.  —  Some people emphasize the predatory lenders who seduced her with too-good-to-be-true credit lines and incomprehensible mortgage offers.
Andrea Stone / USA Today:
Hearing will tackle 'Don't ask, don't tell' military policy  —  Democrats in Congress hope to ignite a drive to reverse the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy Wednesday with the first hearing on the subject since 1993, when President Clinton said gays could serve in uniform if they kept quiet about their sexual orientation.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama tries to dial down politics  —  AMMAN, Jordan - Democrat Barack Obama's entire traveling campaign apparatus is in place.  He will speak Thursday at an historic site in Berlin that could draw tens of thousands of spectators.  And chief campaign strategist David Axelrod might …
Discussion: Hot Air
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The MSM?  It's Now ‘Traditional’  —  Back in the early 1990s, with the rise of talk radio, conservative commentators derisively dubbed newspapers, magazines and broadcast television as the “mainstream media.”  More recently, with the run-up to the Iraq war, liberal bloggers joined in, abbreviating the term to MSM.
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