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11:10 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.
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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 …
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?
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Is McCain's Age Showing? Tongues Wag Over Flubs
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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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
With the Mideast a Priority for Both Campaigns, McCain Intensifies His Attack  —  ROCHESTER, N.H. — Senator John McCain and his campaign sharply stepped up criticism of Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday as a craven and naïve traveler to the Middle East who, as Mr. McCain put …
Discussion: The New Republic and First Draft
Byron York / The Corner:   So Presidential.  So Supremely Confident. …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Obama Overseas!  In Presidential Mode!  Back Home, It's McCain in a Golf Cart.
Discussion: MSNBC
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rep. Wilson calls Obama ‘frighteningly inexperienced’
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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:
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Five Dems at risk of losing in November  —  Week after week, the news just seems to get worse for House Republicans: There isn't enough money in GOP campaign coffers; lackluster candidates fail to gain traction; once-safe incumbents suddenly find themselves endangered by ethical entanglements …
Discussion: Don Surber
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The Politico:
‘Gang of 10’ fights for increased drilling
Discussion: The Foundry
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:
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
GOP candidate to meet with Jindal  —  WASHINGTON — Mystery continues to surround Republican presidential hopeful John McCain's plans to interrupt a tour of battleground states today for a visit to New Orleans and a meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal.  —  Campaign officials confirm that McCain …
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Fox News:
Jindal Says He's Not Interested in No. 2 Spot With McCain
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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.
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 …
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 …
Think Progress:
Lieberman Compares Hagee To Moses, Says Bloggers Would Have Attacked Him Too  —  Lieberman Compares Hagee To Moses, Says Bloggers Would Have Attacked Him Too  —  Yesterday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) spoke at the controversial pastor John Hagee's Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit.
Discussion: Hartford Courant
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:
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 …
 
 
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Jesse Drucker / Wall Street Journal:
Richest Americans See Their Income Share Grow
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Think Progress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Attacking Obama at Yad Vashem
Marc Ambinder:
Tales From The JV Squad: No Press Avail
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Peter Popham / The Independent:
The picture that shames Italy
Discussion: Corrente
Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
Things wouldn't be so bad now if we had listened to Frank Field
Discussion: protein wisdom
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Message Gets Makeover
Discussion: TIME.com
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Big GOP Donor Faced Trouble Back Home
Al Rodgers / Daily Kos:
3,000 GIs MOB Barack in Baghdad (Video and Goodies)
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Sullum / Reason:
Excuse Me While I Get My Gun  —  Washington, D.C. defies …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
U.S. Rushes to Change Workplace Toxin Rules
The Big Blog:
Hip-hop star Nas protests FOX News ‘Obama smears’
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
McCain's dark days in Obama's shadow
CNN:
Is McCain inching towards Pawlenty?
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
On Mideast Tour, Obama Meeting Olmert and Abbas
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Presidential Contest Remains Close
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
VIDEO BUMBLING OBAMA: “RECOGNIZING THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE”