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5:25 PM ET, July 25, 2008

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pentagon Confirms That It Told Obama He Couldn't Visit Army Base With Campaign Staff  —  I've just gotten clarification from the Pentagon on what really happened with regard to Barack Obama's canceled visit to an Army base in Germany, something the McCain campaign has been using to hit Obama since yesterday.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
DOD spokesman says Obama camp was reminded of political rules  —  Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed to Politico that Department of Defense officials cautioned Barack Obama's campaign that his planned visit to wounded American troops in Germany could not be political in nature …
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:   McCain's Double Standard on Campaign Visits to Military Bases
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA CAMP EXPLAINS LANDSTUHL DECISION
Discussion: The Trail, Spin Cycle and The Swamp
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Cancellation of Obama's Troop Visit
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National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS AFFAIR: CRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED!  —  UPDATE: John Edwards' secret meeting with his mistress at the Beverly Hilton hotel has now become part of a criminal complaint.  —  NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters Alan Butterfield and Alexander Hitchen filed a criminal complaint …
Discussion: DBKP and JONATHAN TURLEY
Mickey Kaus / Slate:   LAT Gags Blogs
Howard Gensler / Philly.com:
Tattle: ‘Enquirer’ links John Edwards, Rielle Hunter
Discussion: Gawker, Salon and Outside The Beltway
Washington Post:
McCain May Act Soon on VP Pick  —  Aides Predict Announcement Before Olympics  —  Anxious to counter the blanket media coverage that has followed Sen. Barack Obama on his overseas journey, Sen. John McCain is weighing whether to announce his running mate in the coming weeks before the spotlight shifts …
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Ken Khachigian / Wall Street Journal:
Who'll Be McCain's Veep? Who Cares?
Discussion: Gawker, RealClearPolitics and Truthdig
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE TURNING POINT?
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
He ventured forth to bring light to the world  —  The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers  —  And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sarkozy: Obama's my ‘pal’  —  French President Nicolas Sarkozy is offering Obama a warm welcome on the day of their meeting, in an interview with the conservative daily Le Figaro.  —  “Obama?  He's my pal,” the president told Le Figaro.  “Unlike my diplomatic advisors, I never believed in Hillary Clinton's chances.
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Nitya / Political Punch:
Sarkozy to Obama: Je t'aime
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Lance Armstrong / Washington Wire:
Obama Brings His Charm Offensive to Paris
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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.
Associated Press:
Israeli paper publishes Obama Western Wall prayer … JERUSALEM (AP) - A written prayer that Barack Obama left this week in the cracks of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, asks God to guide him and guard his family, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Israeli paper publishes Obama's wall note
Erin McPike / National Journal Online:
For Targeted GOP Senate Candidates, St. Paul Is Not A Choice Destination  —  Nine of 12 targeted Republicans running in the most competitive Senate races this fall are either skipping the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., or have not decided whether to attend.
Discussion: TIME.com and Boston Globe
Matthew Yglesias:
Thesis Follies  —  Steve Sailer darkly hints: … Meanwhile, Noam Scheiber writes about reporters' efforts to get their hands on a copy of Barack Obama's senior thesis, all copies of which have apparently gone missing from Columbia.  The thesis was about nuclear negotiating strategies …
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Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama's Missing Thesis
Discussion: The Opinionator
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Blows Off WSJ Reporter (VIDEO)  —  John McCain's famously cozy relationship with the press is getting a bit testy.  Taking questions in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday the Arizona Republican blew off Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Holmes, right after she stated her name and affiliation.
Trish Turner / Fox News:
Reid Flares Over Media Coverage of Energy Proposals  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's advice to reporters who don't get his energy agenda: Check your hearing.  —  Reid, D-Nev., may look like a mild-mannered man, but when he's backed into a corner, this former boxer comes out swinging.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Judith Bonesky / Bild.de:
I worked out with Obama!  —  HE CURLED 32 KILO DUMBBELLS NEXT TO ME +++  BARACK IS TOP FIT +++  HE DIDN'T SWEAT AT ALL  —  As thousands waited at the Sieges Saule monument in Berlin to hear Obama's sensational speech, a BILD reporter met Barack all alone - in the gym!
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Maliki Votes for Obama  —  In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary.  When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama's 16-month proposal, he did more than legitimize the plan.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama by 6, Is There a Europe Effect?  —  Obama moves back to significant lead over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has expanded his lead over John McCain in the Tuesday through Thursday Gallup Poll Daily tracking rolling average, and now has a 47% to 41% advantage over his Republican challenger.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Playing Innocent Abroad  —  Radical optimism is America's contribution to the world.  The early settlers thought America's founding would bring God's kingdom to earth.  John Adams thought America would emancipate “the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Abroad: We Get the Picture  —  The Candidate Looked Good This Week.  Did the Press?  —  After saying little in public during a weekend in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama met with traveling reporters near Jordan's Temple of Hercules, a gladiator standing his ground against the media hordes.
Discussion: Achenblog, Commentary and The Caucus
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Critic Or Cheerleader: The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline  —  Here it is: We've created a comprehensive time-line of John McCain's statements on Iraq, from the inception of the conflict to the present.  —  Our time-line casts some doubt on a key McCain campaign claim …
 
 
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The parade of “shrill, unserious extremists” …
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Send Rove to jail petition passes 100,000
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Hey, Obama: There's Bratwurst in Ohio, Too (but No Cheering Masses)
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not 'Take the Fall …