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12:25 PM 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.
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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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Washington Post Editorial Falsely Claims Iraqi Political Leaders Don't Support Obama's Withdrawal Plan  —  Pro-war Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has come up with a creative way to deal with al-Maliki's inconvenient endorsement of Obama's pull-out timeline: Pretend it never happened.
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:
Discussion: PrestoPundit
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Associated Press:
Obama: I'm here to reaffirm special US-Israel relationship
Discussion: Israpundit
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S TRICKY DAY
Discussion: Democrats.com and FP Passport
Byron York / The Corner:
So Presidential.  So Supremely Confident.  So Confidently Striding.  The Jacket...  The New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley, last mentioned in the Corner for her assertion that Rev. Jeremiah Wright “revealed himself to be the compelling but slightly wacky uncle who unsettles strangers …
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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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, The Caucus and MSNBC
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Is McCain's Age Showing? Tongues Wag Over Flubs
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
With the Mideast a Priority for Both Campaigns, McCain Intensifies His Attack
Discussion: The New Republic and First Draft
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: marbury
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Behind Maliki's Games
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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Will Lester / Associated Press:
Magazine: Obama girls have youthful zeal, manners
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
CNN:
Is McCain inching towards Pawlenty?  —  ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - It's VP tea leaf reading season, and a Republican source who attended a small private meeting with John McCain Tuesday in New Hampshire tells CNN that the GOP candidate dropped a serious hint about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
CBS covers-up humiliating McCain error, misleads national audience  —  Following up on the last post, John McCain, in response to a question from CBS anchor Katie Couric, demonstrated bizarre confusion about the basics of the U.S. surge policy in Iraq.  McCain got the basic timeline and history …
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
History Rears Up To Spit In Your Face
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 BarackObama.com advertising the event:
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 video.  —  What President Bush said:
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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com and FishBowlDC
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rangel to file complaint against self — first official grievance since 2004  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday will formally ask the House ethics committee to investigate allegations that he misused his congressional office.  —  Aides to the powerful chairman of the Ways …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
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.
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Excuse Me While I Get My Gun  —  Washington, D.C. defies the Supreme Court's Second Amendment ruling  —  Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia had violated the Second Amendment by making armed self-defense in the home impractical and banning the most popular weapons used for that purpose.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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.”
Discussion: The Politico and Salon
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 …
 
 
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Media's guilt plays well for Obama and McCain
Gallup:
Britons, French, Germans Solidly Back Obama
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Correcting Mr. Chait  —  Jonathan Chait has posted this on the website of TNR:
Discussion: The New Republic
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
A Depression?  Hardly  —  The specter of depression stalks America.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Obama: ‘We Have a Daunting Task’
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is ‘The One’ Cocky or Commander in Chiefy?
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
Jesse Drucker / Wall Street Journal:
Richest Americans See Their Income Share Grow
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Attacking Obama at Yad Vashem
Fox News:
Jindal Says He's Not Interested in No. 2 Spot With McCain
Peter Popham / The Independent:
The picture that shames Italy
Discussion: Corrente
Think Progress:
Lieberman Compares Hagee To Moses, Says Bloggers Would Have Attacked Him Too
Discussion: Hartford Courant, Reuters and Digg
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Message Gets Makeover
Discussion: TIME.com
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Five Dems at risk of losing in November
The Big Blog:
Hip-hop star Nas protests FOX News ‘Obama smears’
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Presidential Contest Remains Close