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Spiegel Online:
Obama Calls Berlin a ‘Symbol of the Victory of Hope’  —  US Presidential Candidate Barack Obama started his much-anticipated trip to Germany on Thursday, and the expectations are massive.  SPIEGEL ONLINE will be following his every move through Berlin with its Live Ticker.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Team Begins Work On Presidential Transition  —  With less than six months to go before he would be sworn in as the nation's 44th president, Sen. Barack Obama has directed his aides to begin planning for the transition.  —  “Barack is well aware of the complexity and the organizational …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Competing optics: Cheering Germans or American military?  Update: Snubbing wounded soldiers?  Update: Touring Berlin instead?  Update: It is/is not a campaign event?  —  I guess this is a question of priorities.  Barack Obama apparently ran short on time in his visit to Germany today …
The Local:
Obama dazzles over 200,000 in Berlin  —  People from all walks of life streamed to the German capital's Victory Column memorial at the heart of the city's Tiergarten park hoping to glimpse of the popular US senator from Illinois.  —  “Thank you to the citizens of Berlin and to the people of Germany …
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Obama On Tonight's Berlin Speech: “A Crapshoot”  —  How does one prepare to speak to a million screaming Germans?  —  I asked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, this question as he boarded O Force One and came back to the reporters' veal pen before the plane took off from Tel Aviv, Israel to Berlin, Germany.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Berlin Speech
Discussion: The Daily Dish
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Obama in Europe: “People of Berlin. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Obama in Berlin  —  I caught the second half of Obama's speech in Berlin today.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Campaign Spot:
‘There comes a time when we heed a certain call.’
Discussion: Reason Magazine, Hot Air and Commentary
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Barack Obamessiah Goes To Berlin: Not Since 1939 Have So Many …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Barack Obama gets a workout at Ritz gym
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:
Another John McCain Gaffe — Iraq Was the First Major Conflict After 9/11  —  There is one more John McCain gaffe that the media missed from the now famous CBS interview with Katie Couric.  —  This is the same interview in which McCain claimed the surge led to the Anbar Awakening, which is demonstrably false.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Digg and The Jed Report
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Matthew Yglesias:
Beetle in a Box  —  So John McCain said the surge led …
Satyam / Think Progress:
McCain: Iraq was the ‘first major conflict since 9/11.’
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Byron York / The Corner:
Americans on American Soil  —  It's a small passage from Obama's Berlin speech, but this formulation, common in some circles, grates on some ears, like mine: … Yes, the victims were from all over the globe — places like Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and Manhattan, and Queens, and Staten Island, and New Jersey — all over.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:   OBAMA AND TERRORISM....The Cornerites are in such an apoplectic frenzy …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Berlin speech
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN QUESTIONS SPEECH, FORGETS CANADA  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  In his interview with NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, which will air on NBC's Nightly News tonight, McCain questions whether Obama should have given a speech in Berlin before becoming president.
Marc Ambinder:
GOPers Wait a Lifetime for a Moment Like This … GOPers may have a field day with at least one oft-used-line from Obama's speech today, which he amended slightly for his Berlin audience:  —  “America, this is our moment.  This is our time” - Obama, speaking in MN the night he officially won the Dem nomination (6/3).
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Goss among former members appointed to ethics office  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday announced joint appointments to a landmark ethics review board that for the first time will allow private citizens to review allegations against members.
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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:   Pelosi, Boehner name members of Office of Congressional Ethics
NEWS.com.au:
Moon-walker claims alien contact cover-up  —  FORMER NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.  —  And he says extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions - but the alien contact …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama aide: Military visit would have been ‘inappropriate’  —  Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs explains the cancellation of a stop at a U.S. military base in Germany during a leg of the trip paid for (unlike the Iraq and Afghanistan visits) by his campaign:
Discussion: Eunomia
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Obama cancels troop visit
ACLU:
Documents Released by the CIA and Justice Department in Response to the ACLU's Torture FOIA  —  Contains “communications from the CIA to OLC on a matter in which the CIA requested legal advice from OLC” and shows that CIA interrogators were permitted to use both “Standard Techniques” and …
Kathleen Baydala / Clarion-Ledger:
Bishop put to death  —  PARCHMAN — Before he died Wednesday evening, death row inmate Dale Leo Bishop apologized to his victim's family, thanked America and urged people to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.  —  “For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Sorry We Asked, Sorry You Told  —  Don't ask, don't tell.  And, whatever you do, don't ask Elaine Donnelly to tell you what she thinks about gays in the military.  —  The House Armed Services personnel subcommittee made just such a miscalculation yesterday.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP losing the new-media war  —  Republicans have no lack of would-be George F. Wills.  —  But what they really need are some more Robert D. Novaks.  —  The distinction between the two prominent conservative journalists isn't always obvious, but it's nevertheless important to understand …
 
 
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