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6:55 PM ET, July 26, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama welcomes McCain on timetables
Discussion: The Caucus and Spin Cycle
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: A ‘Pretty Good Timetable’
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.
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.”
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:   Blogging sucks: Women, minorities hardest hit
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 …
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
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McClellan: White House gave FOX commentators talking points
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Julia Sudbury / Guardian:
Taking on the Titans  —  The US prison system, with its superjails, now warehouses one in 100 of our citizens.  That's not a model the UK should emulate  —  The first slavery abolitionists were represented as extremist and utopian.  Until the late 18th century, the idea of eliminating this deeply-rooted institution was unimaginable.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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TChris / TalkLeft:   A World Without Prisons?
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: Daily Kos and TIME.com
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Candidates Narrow Lists of V.P. Prospects  —  Both presidential candidates are closing in on their selections of running mates — with the timing and atmospherics of their announcements complicated by the opening next month of the Olympic Games.  —  Before leaving on his overseas trip …
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 …
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Obama attention good for McCain?  —  Sen. John McCain spent a lot of time this week making light of the media's focus on his presidential opponent, Democrat Barack Obama - even issuing “junior varsity” press passes to the reporters covering the Arizona Republican while Obama trekked across …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, D-Day and Eschaton
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Lead, 48% to 41%  —  Second day with Obama holding a significant lead over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has stretched his lead over John McCain among national registered voters to seven percentage points, 48% to 41%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted July 23-25.
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: QandO and The Lede
 
 
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City and State Brace for Drop in Wall Street Pay
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U.S. Broadens Sanctions to Pressure Mugabe
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Codpiece Delusion
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Americans Move to the Middle
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