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10:20 AM ET, July 22, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Iraqi backing of Obama plan irks White House
Discussion: TalkLeft and Roger Ailes
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Is media playing fair in campaign coverage?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
Washington Wire:
Column Sends Rumors Flying on McCain VP Choice
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Linda Feldman / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and
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.
Discussion: and The Foundry
Attack injures 5 near Obama's Jerusalem hotel  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) — The driver of a backhoe was shot and killed after driving the construction machine over a number of vehicles near the Jerusalem hotel where Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to stay Tuesday night, according to police.
Discussion: BBC and The Swamp
New York Times:
Mideast Sees More of the Same if Obama Is Elected
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus and
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” …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Guantanamo Judge Blocks Use of Some Statements  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba.  July 21 — Prosecutors in the trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver cannot use as evidence some statements the defendant gave interrogators because they were obtained under “highly coercive” conditions while he was a captive …
Discussion: Think Progress and New York Times
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Evidence against terrorism suspect barred at Guantanamo trial
Discussion: TalkLeft
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Women Are Now Equal as Victims of Poor Economy  —  Across the country, women in their prime earning years, struggling with an unfriendly economy, are retreating from the work force, either permanently or for long stretches.  —  They had piled into jobs in growing numbers since the 1960s.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ink-Stained Wretchedness  —  Tattoos are the emblems of our age.
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Larry Rohter / New York Times:
McCain Links Obama and High Gas Prices
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
The MSM? It's Now ‘Traditional’
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Citizens United to Release Anti-Obama Documentary
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Next roots nation
Andrea Stone / USA Today:
Hearing will tackle 'Don't ask, don't tell' military policy
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Richard Boudreaux / Los Angeles Times:
A presidential primer on the Middle East conflict
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama tries to dial down politics
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 Earlier Items: 
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McCain, at Bush Home, Faults Obama on War Plan
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Terrorists' assignment: Protect Barack Obama
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Sues Alabama on Ballot Access
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and TalkLeft
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Daily Dish