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2:45 PM ET, July 23, 2008


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The Politico:
Breaking: Novak cited after hitting pedestrian  —  Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.  —  A Politico reporter saw Novak in the front of a police car with a citation in his hand …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
All Hail ‘McBama’  —  John McCain needs to wake up and smell the Arabic coffee.  —  I know this is not an easy time for him.  When you have been beaten up for four years because of your support for the Iraq war, and then you get something big right — your support for the surge — you want to be able to savor that for a while.
Discussion: American Power, marbury and Donklephant
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama in Iraq  —  THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:   Power Of ‘MYBO’: Obama's Web Site Surmounts News
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Confirmed: Maliki's Timetable Endorsement NOT Lost In Translation
Discussion: Truthdig
Marc Ambinder:
Tales From The JV Squad: No Press Avail  —  WILKES-BARRE, PA — The one scheduled McCain press conference of the week has just been canceled, we are told.  No word as to why.  Grumble, grumble.  —  Why?  Scheduling.  Which is like answering “food” to “what did you eat for breakfast.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain cancels avail
Matthew Yglesias:
Gotta Get Away From Me  —  Ben Smith notes that with McCain's …
Discussion: Political Machine
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Attacks Obama's Holocaust Museum Statement  —  The McCain campaign implied on Wednesday that Barack Obama's commitment to preventing a future genocide was not sincere, attacking the Democratic candidate during his appearance at the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem.
Fox News:
Jindal Says He's Not Interested in No. 2 Spot With McCain  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the GOP ticket, making him among a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.  —  Jindal's comments come as speculation is swirling …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama tour staged for political pop  —  JERUSALEM - Democrat Barack Obama doesn't travel light.  —  Halfway around the world, the Obama campaign machine appears as sprawling and seamless as it is on its home turf.  As the presumptive Democratic nominee tours five countries in five days …
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Obama daughters keep hectic schedules of their own
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:
Matthew Yglesias:
We Speak American Here  —  Patrick Ruffini slams the Obama campaign …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Obama Overseas!  In Presidential Mode!  Back Home, It's McCain in a Golf Cart.  —  It wasn't a television blackout of John McCain; it was worse: split-screen contrasts that at times made it seem as if Barack Obama was on a state visit while back home his opponent chafed at the perks and privileges of an incumbent commander in chief.
Byron York / The Corner:   So Presidential.  So Supremely Confident. …
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
When No News Is Good News  —  The McCain campaign might want to be careful about its loud (though accurate) complaints about the disproportionate media attention focused on Barack Obama.  I'm hardly the first person to point this out, but one of the few ways John McCain is likely to become president …
Mark Preston / CNN:   McCain message to hit Berlin Thursday
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch (A Very Special Edition!)  —  As you know, Barack Obama is still trotting across the globe, sinking three pointers, ignoring military counsel and healing the occasional leper.  Amidst all the hullabaloo, these Obama comments regarding Israel and terrorism have been sadly overlooked:
Miya Shay / Houston Political Blog:
What did Bush say at Olson Fundraiser?  —  The President's folks didn't let the press in, but we got some exclusive video of POTUS talking up a storm at Pete Olson's fundraiser on July 18th.  Click and take a look. transcript below the link.  —  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN'S CAMPAIGN....Was the troop surge in Iraq responsible for the Sunni Awakening?  Of course not: the surge wasn't even a glimmer in George Bush's mind until several months after the Awakening started in Anbar province and was already showing strong signs of success.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill's Pundits Blog:
McCain Slanders Obama, Scarborough Slanders Olbermann
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid fed up with ‘obstruction’  —  Majority leader seeks to sidestep senator from Oklahoma  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid appears headed for a new showdown with Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and Senate maverick who has blocked dozens of bills he believes are flawed or should be fully debated before they are passed.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Don Surber
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Hey, Barack Obama Exists After All  —  The latest news from the Obama Conspiracyverse is the first third-party proof of Obama's birth in Hawaii.  It's a birth announcement from a 1961 issue of the Honolulu Advertiser that was dug up, ironically enough, by Lori Starfelt, who's working on an anti-Obama documentary for pro-Clinton PUMAs.
Pam Zekman / WBBM-TV:
Fliers Complain About X-Rated Security Screenings  —  TSA Agents Forced Woman To Remove Nipple Rings, Pulled Pants Off Disabled Man  —  When travelers go to the airport, they know what kind of security to expect: luggage searches, metal detectors and shoe inspections.
Discussion: Blog
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Florida Presidential Election  —  Florida: Obama Ahead by One  —  Barack Obama has caught up to John McCain in Florida.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds Obama with a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over his rival, 46% to 45%.
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Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Report Says Pentagon Pressured, Intimidated Auditors
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rangel to file complaint against self — first official grievance since 2004
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Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Message Gets Makeover
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McCain's dark days in Obama's shadow