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11:35 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 …
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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rep. Wilson calls Obama ‘frighteningly inexperienced’
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Behind Maliki's Games
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ilan Goldenberg / democracyarsenal.org:
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.
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
History Rears Up To Spit In Your Face
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Is McCain's Age Showing? Tongues Wag Over Flubs
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 and MSNBC
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
With the Mideast a Priority for Both Campaigns, McCain Intensifies His Attack
Discussion: The New Republic and First Draft
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:
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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 …
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:
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
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:
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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
Think Progress:
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.  Lieberman's close political ally, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), finally rejected Hagee's endorsement in May.
Discussion: Hartford Courant, Reuters and Digg
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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The picture that shames Italy
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Simon Heffer / Telegraph:
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 Earlier Items: 
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)
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Five Dems at risk of losing in November
Discussion: Don Surber
The Big Blog:
Hip-hop star Nas protests FOX News ‘Obama smears’
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
McCain's dark days in Obama's shadow
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:
Is McCain inching towards Pawlenty?
Discussion: MSNBC
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Presidential Contest Remains Close