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4:05 PM ET, July 24, 2008


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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.
Barack Obama:
Remarks of Senator Obama in Berlin Germany  —  Senator Obama delivered the following remarks in Berlin, Germany...  Continue reading for the full remarks (as prepared for delivery)...  Remarks of Senator Barack Obama (as prepared for delivery)  —  “A World that Stands as One”  —  July 24th, 2008
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Crooks and Liars
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Berlin Speech
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Crowd Builds in Germany: Good or Bad?
Erick Erickson /
Barack Obamessiah Goes To Berlin: Not Since 1939 Have So Many …
Discussion: World-O-Crap and alicublog
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Obama in Berlin  —  I caught the second half of Obama's speech in Berlin today.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Berlin speech
Discussion: The Swamp
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Barack Obama gets a workout at Ritz gym
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Obama to speak in Berlin
Discussion: Reuters and TBogg
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Makes Significant Gains in Four Key Battleground States  —  Majority of Voters in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Favor Keeping Troops in Iraq, According to Wall Street Journal Survey  —  Republican John McCain has quickly closed …
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Beetle in a Box  —  So John McCain said the surge led to the Anbar Awakening even though the Awakening, in fact, happened before the surge began.  So he's ignorant.  Or maybe dishonest.  But now we learn he's also rather stubborn: … Shawn Brimley tries to bring common sense to bear on this …
ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods
Discussion: TalkLeft and On Deadline
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA'S ELECTION TO WIN  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Obama's election to win: How important has this overseas trip been for Obama?  Look no further than our latest NBC/WSJ poll, which has Obama leading McCain by six points (47%-41%), unchanged from last month.
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 …
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 …
Pat Toomey / Wall Street Journal:
Voters Want Less Pork, Even in Their Own District  —  If you want to know how out of touch Congress is on the issue of wasteful spending, listen to Florida Rep. John Mica defend his pork projects: “There's no way in hell I would support banning earmarks.  That's our job, getting elected and making decisions.”
Discussion: The Corner and Pajamas Media
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Chris Hayes on MoveOn  —  Chris is convinced that MoveOn represents today's silent majority, or rather a slice of today's silent majority.  I was surprised that he didn't reference Matt Bai characterization of MoveOn as built on the angry energy of besieged liberals surrounded by conservative suburbanites.
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
One Lesson from MoveOn  —  Reihan Salam points to a great portrait …
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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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: No Bounce for Obama From Overseas Trip
Discussion: The Corner
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
What White House Staffers Make
Discussion: Think Progress and On Deadline
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS....Bob Somerby reminds me today to comment …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ellis Henican / Newsday:
Andrew Giuliani files lawsuit against Duke
John Walcott wins the first I.F. Stone Medal
Matthew Yglesias:
The Party of Cheetos  —  I'm a pretty regular Morning Joe watcher …
Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Articles:
Swooning over Princess Obama
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama Trip Overload
Discussion: marbury
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama's Tour de Force
Discussion: Corrente
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