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2:25 PM ET, July 25, 2008


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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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE TURNING POINT?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The turning point?  So was this week a turning point in the presidential race?  The Obama campaign certainly believes it was, and that this will be the moment that Obama grabs the lead for good.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ken Khachigian / Wall Street Journal:
Who'll Be McCain's Veep?  Who Cares?  —  John McCain's vice presidential running mate selection should be put in perspective.  In a presidential campaign, there are only a handful of occasions when a running mate has news value: the day of the announcement and the few days following …
Discussion: Gawker, RealClearPolitics and MSNBC
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 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Lynn Sweet:
Pentagon tells Obama not to visit U.S. troops at German base because it would be too political  —  BERLIN—A scheduled visit by presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) with U.S. troops Friday at a military base in Rammstein, Germany was cancelled because the Pentagon told the campaign it would look too political.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Obama camp says Pentagon nixed troop visit
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pentagon Confirms That It Told Obama He Couldn't Visit Army Base With Campaign Staff
Discussion: VetVoice and MyDD
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Cancellation of Obama's Troop Visit
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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.”
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The New Republic
Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama's Missing Thesis
Discussion: Macsmind
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 …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's path to presidency is far from clear  —  The Democrat is winning fans on his trip abroad, but is struggling to gain real ground against McCain at home.  Some key Clinton backers remain alienated.  —  WASHINGTON — Even as his turn on the global stage hit an emotional peak Thursday …
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.
Tom Doggett / Reuters:
Senate energy speculation bill fails key vote  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. legislation to rein in excessive energy speculation failed a key procedural vote on Friday to move forward in the Senate, and now lawmakers will set aside the bill to consider other legislation.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The parade of “shrill, unserious extremists” on display at today's impeachment hearings  —  Former Reagan DOJ official, constitutional lawyer, and hard-core conservative Bruce Fein was one of the first prominent Americans to call for George Bush's impeachment in the wake of the illegal NSA spying scandal.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Firedoglake and Corrente
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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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
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Sue Horton / Los Angeles Times:
What's tougher to get than a same-sex marriage? A same-sex divorce
The Corner:
Citizen of the World  —  Judging from the local drive …
Washington Post:
No Drilling, No Vote  —  WHY NOT have a vote on offshore drilling?
Larry Margasak / Associated Press:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Corrente
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Send Rove to jail petition passes 100,000
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Abroad: We Get the Picture