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7:30 AM ET, July 26, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Dean's World
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: Salon
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
GRATION AND THE LANDSTUHL CONTROVERSY  —  From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski  —  In his official capacity as a sitting US senator, Obama has every right to stay in touch with America's men and women in uniform.  According to Pentagon officials, the problem was that Obama's request to visit Landstuhl included …
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Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Throughline  —  I'm working on the unfinished Obama/Goldberg post below, but in the meantime, please enjoy this emerging classic of the mass-forwarded email genre.  —  This isn't one of those snarky jokes we're so often accused of making.  It's real, and it's likely coming soon to an inbox near you …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John E. Mulligan / Projo Politics Blog:
Reed on the vice presidency: I want to stay in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, the object of heightened speculation this week after his tour of Afghanistan and Iraq at the side of Barack Obama, today played down the suggestion that the Democratic presidential candidate would consider him as a running mate.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Stuart Taylor Jr / National Journal Online:
In the Balance  —  DEPENDING ON WHO WINS THE PRESIDENCY, THE SUPREME COURT COULD TURN SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT OR SEE ITS FIRST CRUSADING LIBERAL JUSTICE IN MANY YEARS.  —  Sat.  —  Among the starkest contrasts between John McCain and Barack Obama is the dramatic difference in their promised approaches …
Discussion: Salon
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Democratic Congressional Candidate Alan Grayson on Iraq Reckoning: “We'll Put People in Prison”  —  One of the most exciting candidates I've met this cycle is Alan Grayson, a high profile trial lawyer who has been suing defense contractors for fraud, and is now running for Florida's eighth district in central Florida.
Think Progress:
McCain Embraces 16-Month Withdrawal: 'I Think It's A Pretty Good Timetable'  —  Following Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's declaration of support for a 16-month withdrawal timeline from Iraq, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been struggling to respond.  He spent most of this week railing against any …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The K Street Project, Part Blue  —  As most of Washington met last week to fret over the economy, Harry Reid was attending a less-noticed summit.  The Senate majority leader had summoned the titans of more than a dozen industry trade groups to a Capitol Hill meeting, where he delivered a crisp message …
Discussion: www.redstate.com and The Foundry
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Rate Obama's Berlin Speech Good or Excellent; 46% Think Europe Should Be More Like U.S.  —  Over half of Americans (55%) rate Barack Obama's historic speech in Berlin yesterday good or excellent, and the Democratic presidential candidate is experiencing a modest bounce over John McCain nationally …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
End Of An Error  —  The inimitable Shelby Steele had a great op-ed in the WSJ this week.  In a sort of political eulogy for Jesse Jackson, Steele goes beyond the “Jesse is jealous” argument and delves into the profound generational gap between Jackson and Obama:
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Schock treatment: Bush welcome  —  ( Reporting in from the president's trip to Peoria, brought to you by Clout Street:)  —  Illinois state Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria isn't one of those Republicans who shy away from appearing with President Bush.  —  When Air Force One landed …
 
 
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China says has more people surfing the Web than US
Discussion: Mashable!
Economist:
Unhappy America  —  If America can learn from its problems …
Julie E. Washington / Plain Dealer:
Radio station dropping Michael Savage after controversial remarks about autism
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush and McCain Seem to Diverge in Foreign Policy
Satyam / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain may not speak for the McCain campaign on the economy.
Discussion: Trailhead, Wonk Room and Majikthise
The Huffington Post:
Brzezinski: Surge In Afghanistan Risky, Some McCain Backers Want World War IV
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Blacks in Congress Split Over Menthol Cigarettes
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation and Gawker
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes Line: It's Now or Never?
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
USC young Republicans allege phony CNN interview
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama leaves the gifting to Santa
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
The Illogic of Farm Subsidies, and Other Agricultural Truths
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Judith Bonesky / Bild.de:
I worked out with Obama!  —  HE CURLED 32 KILO DUMBBELLS NEXT TO ME +++
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Critic Or Cheerleader: The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Blows Off WSJ Reporter (VIDEO)