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9:55 AM ET, July 25, 2008

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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.”
Discussion: Commentary, Crunchy Con and TIME.com
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama promises to ‘remake the world’  —  Addressing more than 200,000 elated Europeans massed in Berlin at twilight, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama promised Thursday that he would work to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in a safer, more united world.
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.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Obama, Vague on Issues, Pleases Crowd in Europe  —  PARIS — For Senator Barack Obama, who came to Europe once in the last four years, making a stop in London on his way to Russia, the response of many Europeans to his potential presidency has been gratifying — emotional, responsive …
New York Times:
Obama, in Berlin, Calls for Renewal of Ties With Allies
Discussion: Commentary and The Caucus
Washington Post:
Obama Says Walls Must Come Down
Greg Wallace / Political Punch:
Just Hours Later, Obama Campaign Uses Berlin Speech to Raise Campaign Cash
Sister Toldjah:
Obama campaign using video of Berlin speech in campaign emails …
Discussion: QandO
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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CNN:
McCain talks up Pawlenty
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Althouse
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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Times of India:
Obama heads for Paris for Sarkozy meeting
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not ‘Take the Fall’ for Election Fraud in Ohio, Says Attorney  —  Karl Rove has threatened a GOP high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not “'take the fall' for election fraud in Ohio,” according to a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Michael Mukasey …
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Send Rove to jail petition passes 100,000  —  (Brave New Films used the video above to promote the petition)  —  A petition to send former White House deputy chief of state Karl Rove to jail over refusing a subpoena to testify before a House committee has gained over 100,000 signatures, according to the group promoting the petition.
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
AP: Food industry bitten by its lobbying success  —  WASHINGTON - One of the worst outbreaks of foodborne illness in the U.S. is teaching the food industry the truth of the adage, “Be careful what you wish for because you might get it.”  —  The industry pressured the Bush administration years ago …
Discussion: Corrente and AMERICAblog News
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Hey, Obama: There's Bratwurst in Ohio, Too (but No Cheering Masses)  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Senator John McCain's presidential campaign recovered from a near-death experience almost exactly a year ago, and political candidates stumble in and out of troughs all the time.
Discussion: Firedoglake, MSNBC, USA Today and TIME.com
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
U.S. Expands Visa Program for Iraqi Allies  —  BAGHDAD — The American Embassy in Baghdad announced Thursday that it had expanded tenfold its program to help Iraqi employees of the American government here, who faced threats for their work, to obtain visas and ultimately citizenship in the United States.
Washington Post:
No Drilling, No Vote  —  WHY NOT have a vote on offshore drilling?  There's a serious debate to be had over whether Congress should lift the ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf that has been in place since 1981.  Unfortunately, you won't be hearing it in the House of Representatives …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Hot Air
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 …
 
 
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Maliki Votes for Obama
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
4 Spitzer Aides Broke Ethics Law, Panel Says
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's path to presidency is far from clear
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
Robert Costa / Wall Street Journal:
Rebel With a Cause: Bobby Jindal's Spiritual Journey
CNN:
McCain to host political allies at his Arizona cabin
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
Josh Orton / MyDD:
Twisting The Vise On Senate Republicans
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Abroad: We Get the Picture
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Wilson Waxes Wexler/Matthews Double-Team
 Earlier Items: 
Sudhir Venkatesh / New York Times:
To Fight Poverty, Tear Down HUD
Discussion: Economist's View and EconLog
Susan Estrich / Real Clear Politics:
Media Love of Obama Doesn't Equal Victory
Discussion: Commentary
CNN:
Gays in Iraq terrorized by threats, rape, murder
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HE COULD BE A SERIAL LIAR  —  Maybe there is another explanation …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Barack Obama Attacked In First National Political Ad Ever To Air On MTV
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Man Hit by Novak Has Hurt Shoulder but Is ‘Doing Fine’
U.S. Newswire:
Americans Don't Believe Bush, Industry Claims on Gas Prices, Poll Shows