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4:05 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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama welcomes McCain on timetables
Discussion: The Caucus and Spin Cycle
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: A ‘Pretty Good Timetable’
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 …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McClellan: White House gave FOX commentators talking points  —  This just in from the Department of the Obvious: Scott McClellan admits to Chris Matthews that the White House made a deliberate effort to use FOX News commentators like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly to disseminate White House talking points.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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Matt / Think Progress:
McClellan: Fox News Commentators Use The ‘Talking Points’ That The White House Sends Them  —  On MSNBC's Hardball last night, host Chris Matthews asked former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan if he saw “FOX television as a tool” to get the White House's “message out” while he was in the Bush administration.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
When a Candidate Seeks That Presidential Look  —  LONDON — He stood in the shadow of the Temple of Hercules, held forth at the Élysée Palace and convened a one-man news conference here on Saturday outside No. 10 Downing Street, all with a simple aim: to make a one-term senator …
Discussion: TIME.com
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.”
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 Lede and The Foundry
Associated Press:
Analysis: US now winning Iraq war that seemed lost  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost.  —  Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years.
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary and Gateway Pundit
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:
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” …
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
 
 
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
U.S. Broadens Sanctions to Pressure Mugabe
Discussion: D-Day and Guardian
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Codpiece Delusion
Discussion: AlterNet.org
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Americans Move to the Middle
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: The Sideshow and News Hounds
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
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Economist:
Unhappy America  —  If America can learn from its problems …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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
New York Times:
4,000 U.S. Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images
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