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9:05 AM ET, July 23, 2008


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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.
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?
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama in Iraq  —  THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama's visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable.  So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama's own account …
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn't Air Footage  —  During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the “surge” strategy in Iraq.  In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, the Arizona Republican said …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Matthew Yglesias:   McCain's Mixed-Up Timeline
Jed / The Jed Report:   John McCain's Neverending War
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's New Line On Obama
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 …
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
John Edwards in a Feydeau Farce at the Beverly Hilton
Discussion: DBKP and Gawker
Byron York / The Corner:
Re: Edwards  —  On the John Edwards story, I do wonder how much …
Discussion: DBKP and Wizbang
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
VIDEO BUMBLING OBAMA: “RECOGNIZING THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE”  —  Difficulties??? — like securing enough sweets to welcome home a child brain basher?  Difficulties getting past checkpoints to blow up and murder Jews?  —  I have loaded the speech in three parts.
Discussion: Israpundit
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Meets Israeli and Palestinian Leaders  —  JERUSALEM — Senator Barack Obama opened a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday, sharing breakfast with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak before traveling to the West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Discussion: The Caucus and
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Obama: Israel's a friend of Israel
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Obama Wants To Be Absolutely Clear on Who Is Israel's Friend
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 flyer can be found on a bilingual page on advertising the event:
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.
Jules / Beltway Confidential:
Bush: Economy was “drunk,” now “hungover”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bush on Economy: ‘Wall Street Got Drunk’
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
Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What John McCain Needs to Win  —  What McCain needs to win:  —  Stuff he can't control:  —For Obama to make a substantive mistake on his overseas trip that changes the vector direction of the coverage — especially while he is in Israel.
Gallup Daily: Presidential Contest Remains Close  —  No continuation of Obama bounce seen in Monday night interviewing  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters are closely divided in their presidential preferences, with 45% favoring Barack Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 19-21, and 42% backing John McCain.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
Stop the presses!  It's official: Young Johnny McCranky has his head wedged so far up his butt, we can barely see his lying lips flapping  —  A friend reports that Young Johnny, speaking live on MSNBC, just said, “The oil executives say that we could see the benefit of offshore drilling in just a couple years.”
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Civilian Risks Curbing Strikes in Afghan War
Discussion: Firedoglake and abu muqawama
Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Southern drivers stung most by fuel costs: report
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rep. Wilson calls Obama ‘frighteningly inexperienced’
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Balloon Juice
Vincent Carroll / Rocky Mountain News:
Gore's nutty idea
Deacon / Power Line:
Heavy mush  —  The day after Barack Obama said that the troop surge …
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Ben Lowry / Telegraph:
Tory MPs abandon Republicans to back Barack Obama
Discussion: Group News Blog
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Nas delivers petition to Fox
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax
Steven G. Calabresi / Chicago Tribune:
Too young for the No. 1 job?  —  Barack Obama is too young to be president.
Discussion: The Mahablog