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1:10 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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Competing optics: Cheering Germans or American military?  Update: Snubbing wounded soldiers?  Update: Touring Berlin instead?  —  I guess this is a question of priorities.  Barack Obama apparently ran short on time in his visit to Germany today, and travelers know how schedules can slip during long tours …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plays Down Berlin Speech
Discussion: CNN, Time and TPM Election Central
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
It's A Beautiful Thing, The Destruction Of Words
Shawn Brimley /
Digging a Deeper Hole
Discussion: Donklephant
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Why the Press Is Ignoring the Edwards “Love Child” Story
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, Wake up America and Hot Air
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Senate GOP hands Dems oil ultimatum  —  Senate Republicans have threatened to block nearly all other bills pending before the August recess if Democrats refuse to vote with them on expanding offshore drilling.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said bills that do not pertain …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Against Drilling  —  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid …
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Obama's Tour de Force  —  It made no sense when Barack Obama left the country on his nine-day overseas tour for some of my fellow columnists to describe it as a high-risk venture.  —  Foreign leaders, who can read the polls as well as anyone, would go out of their way not to embarrass a man who may …
Washington Wire:
Crossing Paths  —  Jay Solomon reports on Barack Obama's trip.
Discussion: Comment Central
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.
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.
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Berlin Rally Is Off-Limits for Embassy Workers  —  The U.S. Embassy in Berlin has instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama's public rally today, which the State Department this week labeled a “partisan political activity” prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.
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 …
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
The Commentocracy rises online
Matthew Yglesias:
The Party of Cheetos  —  I'm a pretty regular Morning Joe watcher …
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Chris Hayes on MoveOn
Discussion: The Corner and Reason Magazine
Melanie Phillips / Melanie Phillips's Articles:
Swooning over Princess Obama
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain to meet with Dalai Lama Friday in Aspen
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Obama Trip Overload
Discussion: American Spectator
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Jerusalem to Berlin  —  Clearing security at the Tel Aviv airport …
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Klein / Time:
McCain's Foreign Policy Frustration
Discussion: The Seminal and
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Insanity of Drive-55 Laws
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Flip-Floppers  —  John McCain and Barack …
Discussion: Eunomia
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Obama gains on McCain in Arizona fundraising
Alister Bull / Reuters:
U.S. jobless claims rose by more than expected
Discussion: Think Progress and
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Another Peek Inside the Brain of the Electorate
James Hider / Times of London:
Barack Obama heckled as he visits Western Wall
William Tate /
Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1