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9:10 PM ET, July 24, 2008

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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
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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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: Newshoggers.com and TalkLeft
The Campaign Spot:
‘There comes a time when we heed a certain call.’
Discussion: Hot Air
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
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Obama in Europe: “People of Berlin. …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
CNN:
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
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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).
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.
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Satyam / Think Progress:
McCain: Iraq was the ‘first major conflict since 9/11.’
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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 Quinnipiac-washingtonpost.com- Wall Street Journal Survey  —  Republican John McCain has quickly closed …
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 / fcnp.com:
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.
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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 …
Victorino Matus / Weekly Standard:
McCain Defends Statement on the Surge and Anbar Awakening  —  Marc Ambinder reports that John McCain was asked by a reporter about the kerfuffle surrounding his comments on the surge and the Anbar Awakening: … Ambinder makes an important observation: “Most of us equate the surge with troop levels …
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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 …
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 …
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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:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama cancels troop visit
Discussion: Wake up America
 
 
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Menendez: Spill, not weather, caused McCain to cancel
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Remember When...  ... John McCain's big criticism of Barack …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Just Curious  —  If Obama could go to Germany and give a speech …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Gallup:
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