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5:45 AM ET, July 25, 2008


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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.
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
Greg Wallace / Political Punch:
Just Hours Later, Obama Campaign Uses Berlin Speech to Raise Campaign Cash  —  Shortly after 6 pm Central time — just a few hours after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave his speech in Berlin, which his campaign insisted was not political — his campaign manager, David Plouffe …
Obama In Berlin: No ‘Walls’ Should Divide Us
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Good Speech In Berlin
Discussion: TigerHawk
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 …
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and Gawker
Andrew Klavan / Wall Street Journal:
What Bush and Batman Have in Common  —  A cry for help goes out from a city beleaguered by violence and fear: A beam of light flashed into the night sky, the dark symbol of a bat projected onto the surface of the racing clouds . . .  Oh, wait a minute.  That's not a bat, actually.
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
President Bush is Batman. Really.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.”
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HE COULD BE A SERIAL LIAR  —  Maybe there is another explanation for Barack Obama's trouble with the truth, but I'm not sure what it would be.  He did it again today, loosing a palpable falsehood on NBC.  Not that it's a surprise; Obama coming out with a whopper has become pretty much a daily occurrence.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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).
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Barack Obama Attacked In First National Political Ad Ever To Air On MTV  —  Conservative group reaches out to younger voters with ‘Both Ways Barack’ ad.  —  There have been a lot of firsts in the 27-year history of MTV, but beginning Wednesday night (July 23), the channel will begin airing something …
Pew Hispanic Center:
2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes  —  Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008.
Nicholas F. Benton /
Former National Dem Chief Says Virginia is Key
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Just Curious  —  If Obama could go to Germany and give a speech in English and be not only understood but well-received, why does he say we all need to learn another language?  —  I say that as a big proponent of Latin learning.  But I'm guessing Obama had other languages in mind ...
McCain talks up Pawlenty  —  BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Reluctant at first to wade into the vice presidential selection process, John McCain Wednesday was coaxed into offering more praise for one of the hotter names in the speculation game this week.  —  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty drew …
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Man Hit by Novak Has Hurt Shoulder but Is ‘Doing Fine’  —  The homeless pedestrian who was struck by a car driven by syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak said in a radio interview yesterday that he is “doing fine,” recovering from a dislocated shoulder, and voiced surprise and amusement …
Washington Wire:
House Leaders Appoint Independent Ethics Panel Members  —  Sarah Lueck reports on Congress.  —  House leaders announced the members of a new independent ethics panel that will review lawmakers' conduct.  But don't look for any “October surprises” here.  —  The creation of the panel …
Discussion: Capitol Briefing
Gays in Iraq terrorized by threats, rape, murder  —  Editor's note: CNN agreed to change the names of the two men in this article to protect their identities.  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Kamal was just 16 when gunmen snatched him off the streets of Baghdad, stuffed him in the trunk of a car and whisked him away to a house.
Discussion: Shakesville
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DhinMi / Daily Kos:
McCain's Campaign: So Dumb, We Had to Check to Make Sure It Was Real
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Is there a word for projection in ancient Greek?
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
100 female U.S. service members have died in Iraq
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
What's Lurking in Your Countertop?
Sue Horton / Los Angeles Times:
What's tougher to get than a same-sex marriage? A same-sex divorce
Chuck Plunkett / The Politico:
The price for Obama tickets is activism
Discussion: D-Day
Rasmussen Reports:
63% Say Trip Does Not Make Obama More Fit to be President
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Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
McCain Defends Statement on the Surge and Anbar Awakening
Paul Bedard / US News:
Whispers Poll Voters Love Rush Limbaugh but at a Distance
Discussion: Think Progress and RADAMISTO
Kathleen Baydala / Clarion-Ledger:
Bishop put to death
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DON'T HIDE THE FUDGE!  —  Okay, this one's just for fun.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Every Major Senate Democratic Challenger Announces Support for Network Neutrality
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
A shocking day etched in members' memories
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: No Bounce for Obama From Overseas Trip
Moon-walker claims alien contact cover-up