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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
Gerhard Spörl / Spiegel Online:
No. 44 Has Spoken  —  Anyone who saw Barack Obama at Berlin's Siegessäule on Thursday could recognize that this man will become the 44th president of the United States.  He is more than ambitious — he wants to lay claim to become the president of the world.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Six Meat Buffet
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.
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 …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
President of What?  —  Most of the criticism of Barack Obama's Berlin speech came before the speech had even been delivered, and focused on trivia (he printed fliers in German!) and traditions that were invented last week or so (presidential candidates don't give speeches in other countries!).
The Campaign Spot:
‘There comes a time when we heed a certain call.’
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Good Speech In Berlin
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama's Berlin Speech
Discussion: The Reaction
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Obama in Berlin  —  I caught the second half of Obama's speech in Berlin today.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCain Camp Rips Obama for Cancelling Troop Visit
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Obama in Europe: “People of Berlin. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
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.
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.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA AND TERRORISM....The Cornerites are in such an apoplectic frenzy over Barack Obama's Berlin speech that I'm almost afraid of being hit by a barrage of spittle flecked pixels if I head over there again before they've calmed down.  In the meantime, though, how about this from Byron York?
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).
Gabriel Sherman / The New Republic:
End of the Affair  —  Barack Obama and the press break up.  —  Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama's press office.  The campaign was irked by the Times' latest poll and Nagourney …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA'S MISSING ‘THESIS’  —  NBC Senior Investigative Producer Jim Popkin looks at “Obama and the case of the missing ‘thesis’” in an item on NBC blog Deep Background.  —  Conservative provocateurs have been hunting for it.  Investigative journalists have been on the prowl, too.
Secret torture memo released  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Bush administration told the CIA in 2002 that its interrogators working abroad would not violate U.S. prohibitions against torture unless they “have the specific intent to inflict severe pain or suffering,” according …
Discussion: Donklephant
Anne Schroeder Mullins / The Politico:
Did today's Obama speech remind anyone else of ...  This groundbreaking moment?  Which reminds us of what Republican consultant Doug Heye said on FNC over the weekend: “We don't want President Hasselhoff.”
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Nicholas F. Benton /
Former National Dem Chief Says Virginia is Key  —  The former national chairman of the Democratic Party who ran Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign this year told 200 Democratic activists in Fairfax County Tuesday that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine would be his party's best choice as Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.
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.
Washington Wire:
House Leaders Appoint Independent Ethics Panel Members
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
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.
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 …
Democrats Highly Critical of New Yorker Cover, Republicans Say It Was Okay  —  As Barack Obama prepared for a major international trip last week, a controversial magazine cover here at home drew more public attention.  Fully four-in-ten Americans heard a lot about a satirical cartoon …
Discussion: Boston Globe
John McCain / St. Petersburg Times:
Taxpayers on hook to bail out Fannie, Freddie
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T HIDE THE FUDGE!  —  Okay, this one's just for fun.  You know, John McCain's been having a rough few days on the image and message front.  Had to cancel the visit to New Orleans and the Gulf Oil rig because of the recent oil spill.  And here he is doing a media availability in front …
Greg Wallace / Political Radar:
McCain at the Sausage Haus
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Hot Air
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:
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama cancels troop visit
Discussion: Wake up America
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McCain Defends Statement on the Surge and Anbar Awakening
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Menendez: Spill, not weather, caused McCain to cancel
Matthew Yglesias:
Remember When...  ... John McCain's big criticism of Barack …
Discussion: Needlenose
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Just Curious  —  If Obama could go to Germany and give a speech …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Slim Edge Over McCain
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