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9:30 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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Times of India:
Obama heads for Paris for Sarkozy meeting
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
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HE COULD BE A SERIAL LIAR  —  Maybe there is another explanation for Barack Obama's trouble with the truth, but I'm not sure what it would be.  He did it again today, loosing a palpable falsehood on NBC.  Not that it's a surprise; Obama coming out with a whopper has become pretty much a daily occurrence.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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: AMERICAblog News
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.
Discussion: On Deadline
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.
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and TalkLeft
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