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12:25 PM ET, July 26, 2008

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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Getting to Know You  —  The conventional wisdom in this radically unconventional presidential race is that the voters have to get to know Barack Obama better.  That's what this week's overseas trip was about: to showcase the senator as a potential commander in chief and leader of U.S. foreign policy.
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: A ‘Pretty Good Timetable’  —  First the Iraqi government gave Senator Barack Obama a boost by seeming to embrace his proposal for a 16-month timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq.  But could Senator John McCain, who built his candidacy in large part on his opposition …
Discussion: MyDD, marbury and The Jed Report
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Gives Qualified Endorsement to Iraq Timetable  —  First the Iraqi government gave Senator Barack Obama a boost by seeming to embrace his proposal for a 16-month timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq.  Now could Senator John McCain, who built his candidacy in large part …
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DownWithTyranny!:
Alan Grayson TV Ad Looks Like A Game Changer
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MCCAIN HITS HARD  —  Before a military audience in Denver today, John McCain launched his strongest attack yet against Barack Obama.  The attack was devastating because it is true.  Here are some excerpts; McCain began by recalling the beginning of the surge: … That recitation of Obama's conduct is entirely factual.
New York Times:
4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images  —  BAGHDAD — The case of a freelance photographer in Iraq who was barred from covering the Marines after he posted photos on the Internet of several of them dead has underscored what some journalists say is a growing effort …
Matthew Yglesias:
Barack and the Hispanics  —  Back during the primaries, everyone kept formally admitting that it was wrong to engage in the form of inference “candidate X lost group A in a primary, and therefore he's likely to lose group A in a general election against candidate Y of the other party” …
The Politico:
Obama veep team floats Republican name  —  Barack Obama's vice presidential search team has floated the name of a member of President Bush's first-term Cabinet, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, as Obama's running mate.  —  The search committee, now led by Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics, Hot Air and Salon
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Microphone Picks Up Private Conversation Between Obama and British Leader on Need for Vacations and ‘Thinking’ Time  —  At British Parliament today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, met with Tory Leader David Cameron.  —  Seemingly unaware of an enormous fuzzy boom mike held by ABC News' Eric Kerchner …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Althouse
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser  —  Even while carrying McCain's water, media worry they aren't doing enough for him  —  John McCain complaining about media coverage is a little like an oil company complaining about profit margins: hard to believe, and even harder to feel much sympathy.
Discussion: The Sideshow and News Hounds
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Oil prices and economic fundamentals  —  Oil was selling for $123 a barrel on May 7, and that's where it closed this week.  Sounds like a calm and rational market, except for the fact that just last week it was going for $145.  —  Spot price of West Texas Intermediate in dollars per barrel.
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
A Step Back From Enviro Lunacy  —  Sometimes public opinion doesn't flow smoothly; it shifts sharply when a tipping point is reached.  Case in point: gas prices. $3 a gallon gas didn't change anybody's mind about energy issues. $4 a gallon gas did.  Evidently, the experience of paying …
Discussion: Hot Air
Christopher Beam / Trailhead:
The $2.8 Trillion Deficit Gap: Holtz-Eakin Responds  —  John McCain's tax policy has come under fire in the past, particularly for its dependence on huge revenue windfalls to balance the budget.  But now a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center (a joint venture between Brookings …
Discussion: Wonk Room
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain may not speak for the McCain campaign on the economy.
Discussion: Majikthise
 
 
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE LIBERTARIAN LAW AND ECONOMICS OF BATMAN: I recently saw …
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
Anti-Patriot Act Poster Boy Kidnaps Own Kids
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Daniel / Crooked Timber:
What obligation?  Maximise what?  —  Further to John's post …
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Nicholas Kristof's Moral Tourism
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Bush critics get an unimpeachable forum
Economist:
Unhappy America  —  If America can learn from its problems …
Stuart Taylor Jr / National Journal Online:
In the Balance  —  DEPENDING ON WHO WINS THE PRESIDENCY …
Julie E. Washington / Plain Dealer:
Radio station dropping Michael Savage after controversial remarks about autism
 Earlier Items: 
John E. Mulligan / Projo Politics Blog:
Reed on the vice presidency: I want to stay in Senate
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Throughline  —  I'm working on the unfinished Obama/Goldberg post below …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Schock treatment: Bush welcome
Discussion: Clout St
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The K Street Project, Part Blue
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
End Of An Error  —  The inimitable Shelby Steele had a great op-ed in the WSJ this week.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Rate Obama's Berlin Speech Good or Excellent; 46% Think Europe …