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2:15 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 / 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 …
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 …
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
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Beer: It's What's For Dinner  —  Beer is back, regaining a large lead over wine as America's favorite alcoholic beverage after wine threatened to close the gap around 2005.  Fascinatingly, I see no plausible way of correlating this “beer track"/"wine track" data with anything happening in politics.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Beer Back to Double-Digit Lead Over Wine as Favored Drink
Discussion: The Foundry and The Lede
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DownWithTyranny!:
Alan Grayson TV Ad Looks Like A Game Changer
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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” …
John R. Bolton / Los Angeles Times:
One world?  Obama's on a different planet  —  The senator's Berlin speech was radical and naive.  —  SEN. BARACK OBAMA said in an interview the day after his Berlin speech that it “allowed me to send a message to the American people that the judgments I have made and the judgments …
Kara Jesella / New York Times:
Blogging's Glass Ceiling  —  FOR two days last week, many of the men's bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women's bathrooms.  The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.”
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
New York Times:
4,000 U.S. Deaths, and Just a Handful of Public 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 …
 
 
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Americans Move to the Middle
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
A Step Back From Enviro Lunacy
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Christopher Beam / Trailhead:
The $2.8 Trillion Deficit Gap: Holtz-Eakin Responds
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Bush critics get an unimpeachable forum
Economist:
Unhappy America  —  If America can learn from its problems …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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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
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: D-Day and Hullabaloo
The Politico:
Obama veep team floats Republican name
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MCCAIN HITS HARD
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
GRATION AND THE LANDSTUHL CONTROVERSY