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2:25 AM ET, July 26, 2008

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pentagon Confirms That It Told Obama He Couldn't Visit Army Base With Campaign Staff  —  I've just gotten clarification from the Pentagon on what really happened with regard to Barack Obama's canceled visit to an Army base in Germany, something the McCain campaign has been using to hit Obama since yesterday.
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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 …
Judith Bonesky / Bild.de:
I worked out with Obama!  —  HE CURLED 32 KILO DUMBBELLS NEXT TO ME +++  BARACK IS TOP FIT +++  HE DIDN'T SWEAT AT ALL  —  As thousands waited at the Sieges Saule monument in Berlin to hear Obama's sensational speech, a BILD reporter met Barack all alone - in the gym!
Fox News:
Security Guard Confirms Late-Night Encounter Between Former Sen. John Edwards, Tabloid Reporters In Beverly Hills Hotel  —  A hotel security guard told FOXNews.com he intervened this week between a man he identified as former Sen. John Edwards and tabloid reporters who chased …
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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
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.
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
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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
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
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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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Blows Off WSJ Reporter (VIDEO)  —  John McCain's famously cozy relationship with the press is getting a bit testy.  Taking questions in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday the Arizona Republican blew off Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Holmes, right after she stated her name and affiliation.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Jesus' General
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Critic Or Cheerleader: The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline  —  Here it is: We've created a comprehensive time-line of John McCain's statements on Iraq, from the inception of the conflict to the present.  —  Our time-line casts some doubt on a key McCain campaign claim …
 
 
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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 …
Discussion: Salon
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Schock treatment: Bush welcome
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Vincent Bugliosi: Hearing on Limits of Executive Power and his …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain may not speak for the McCain campaign on the economy.
Discussion: Trailhead, Wonk Room and Majikthise
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Huffington Post:
Brzezinski: Surge In Afghanistan Risky, Some McCain Backers Want World War IV
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes Line: It's Now or Never?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
USC young Republicans allege phony CNN interview
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
The Illogic of Farm Subsidies, and Other Agricultural Truths
Discussion: Reason Magazine
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Beat the Press: Is FOX trying to make McCain look younger?
Douglas Mackinnon / The Politico:
GOP unfairly branded racist
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama by 6, Is There a Europe Effect?
Ken Khachigian / Wall Street Journal:
Who'll Be McCain's Veep? Who Cares?