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3:30 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.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Crowd Builds in Germany: Good or Bad?  —  Crowds gather to hear US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin on July 24, 2008.  MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images.  —  Barack Obama isn't speaking in Berlin until 1:15 eastern time today but the crowds are already massing.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Barack Obama gets a workout at Ritz gym
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Erick Erickson /
Barack Obamessiah Goes To Berlin: Not Since 1939 Have So Many …
Discussion: World-O-Crap and alicublog
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 …
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 …
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:   Another John McCain Gaffe — Iraq Was the First Major Conflict After 9/11
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
The Local:
Obama dazzles over 200,000 in Berlin
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's Berlin speech
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Still Waiting for His Turn at Good Luck
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
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 …
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 …
Documents Released by the CIA and Justice Department in Response to the ACLU's Torture FOIA  —  Contains “communications from the CIA to OLC on a matter in which the CIA requested legal advice from OLC” and shows that CIA interrogators were permitted to use both “Standard Techniques” and …
Ellis Henican / Newsday:
Andrew Giuliani files lawsuit against Duke  —  Andrew Giuliani tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the 92nd Metropolitan Golf Assn. Open Championship at the Meadow Brook Club.  (Newsday /David L. Pokress)  —  Andrew Giuliani has hit a rough patch in his drive to become a pro golfer …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Spotlight on Gas Prices, and Parties in Stalemate  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats agree that high gasoline prices are the driving domestic political issue of the moment, spurring new campaign advertisements and maneuvering almost every day.
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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