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10:00 AM ET, July 24, 2008


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National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD  —  UPDATE: The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is revealing new details about the political scoop we broke yesterday - the secret meeting between Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.  —  A team of ENQUIRER reporters caught the married ex-senator visiting …
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Edwards: The Agony of the MSM  —  PLEASE DON'T MAKE US TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED.  —  “At least 10 Eyewitnesses”: Death By 1000 Papercuts interviews David Perel, editor of the National Enquirer, about the Edwards/Rielle Hunter scoop (excerpt): … There were seven reporters on the story, according to Perel.
McCain broadens definition of surge  —  From CNN's Alexander Marquardt, CNN's Tasha Diakides  —  BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain defended comments he made in an interview on Tuesday when he incorrectly argued that the surge in Iraq gave way to the so-called “Anbar Awakening” …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Candidates Spar Over Troop Surge and Iraq Chronology  —  Senator John McCain was chiding Senator Barack Obama for “a false depiction of what actually happened” in Iraq in a television interview this week.  But in giving his chronology of events in Iraq, Mr. McCain gave what critics said was his own false depiction.
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
McCain denies he misstated timing of Iraq surge  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Republican John McCain pushed back on Wednesday against Democratic criticism that he misstated when the troop buildup ordered by President Bush began, saying elements were put in place before Bush announced the strategy in early 2007.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Defends Anbar-Before-Surge Scenario
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, A Newt One and Macsmind
The Trail:
McCain's Interview on CBS
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TVNewser
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Wesley Clark Flubs Surge Facts
Discussion: Hot Air
Source: Novak's Victim Worse Than First Thought  —  The pedestrian who was struck by prominent Washington columnist and commentator Robert Novak is in worse shape than first thought, a hospital source tells ABC 7 News.  —  The victim, a 66-year-old man, appeared somewhat incoherent, said the source who had seen the victim.
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Novak Cited for Hitting Pedestrian
James Hider / Times of London:
Barack Obama heckled as he visits Western Wall  —  Read Barack Obama's comments in the Yad Vashem visitors' book  —  Barack Obama completed his trip to the Middle East with a pre-dawn visit to the holiest place in Judaism where he received a mixed reaction from Orthodox Jews.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, RNC ads attack Obama in Paris—Michigan, Missouri and Maine  —  John McCain bin ein Berliner too.  —  As the Associated Press has reported, to commemorate Barack Obama's visit to Berlin, Germany today the Republican National Committee is running a new ad in all three U.S. cities named Berlin …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Iraq Veteran Takes On McCain In New Ad
US News:
Ohio -2  —  Pennsylvania -1 South Carolina +1  —  Texas +4  —  Utah +1  —  TOTAL +8 TOTAL -8  —  Which is to say that, under the new electoral vote distribution, Bush's 286-to-252 electoral vote margin in 2004 becomes 294-to-244.  Bush would have lost in 2004 if Ohio had not gone his way …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Demographic Trends Favor Republicans
Discussion: The Opinionator
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Voter Unease With Obama Lingers Despite His Lead  —  Poll Finds Background, Experience Are Advantages for McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Midway through the election year, the presidential campaign looks less like a race between two candidates than a referendum on one of them — Sen. Barack Obama.
Gerald P. O'Driscoll Jr / New York Post:
TREASURY'S THIEVES  —  BAILOUT PICKS YOUR POCKET  —  TREASURY Secretary Henry Paulson's bailout plan for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be titled “The Bondholder Relief Act of 2008”: The taxpayers will be providing the relief to holders of Fannie/Freddie debt, many of whom are foreigners.
Associated Press:
Obama and German leader discuss war and economics  —  BERLIN - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as climate and energy issues at Germany's chancellery Thursday, part of a tour aimed at lifting …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Campaign Running Obama-Castro Ad  —  The McCain campaign has a new web ad out placing Barack Obama, for the second time, side-by-side with a foreign dictator.  This time, it's Fidel Castro.  —  A Democrat in south Florida alerted the Huffington Post to the image, which shows Obama and Castro …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
William Tate /
Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1  —  The New York Times' refusal to publish John McCain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias this journalist has ever seen.  But true proof of widespread media bias requires …
Discussion: TBogg and Power Line
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.
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Olympic Deal Sealed: Obama Makes $5 Million Buy  —  Candidate's Package Includes National Network, Cable  —  WASHINGTON ( — It's official.  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will be among the TV sponsors of NBC Universal's Olympics coverage.  In the first significant network-TV buy …
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Obama Bets $5 Million on Olympic Viewers
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama incorrectly claims membership of Senate committee  —  (CNN) - Responding to an Israeli reporter's question Wednesday on his commitment to protect the Jewish state, Barack Obama pointed to a bill “we passed” in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that tightens sanctions and authorizes divestment from Iran.
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