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12:05 AM ET, July 27, 2008


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: Obama didn't visit the troops in Germany because he couldn't bring cameras  —  This is a sequel to the attack ad McCain dropped on him at the beginning of his trip, retaining some of the same points about Obama's NATO subcommittee and his having steered clear of Iraq for almost three years.
Discussion: The Impolitic and American Power
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain buys ad on troop visit  —  Signaling a new aggressiveness, aides to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that he is going up immediately with an ad called “Troops” criticizing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for canceling plans to visit wounded troops at a U.S. military hospital in Germany.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
MCCAIN HAMMERS OBAMA ON TROOP CANCELLATION  —  In recent days, John McCain has stepped up the pace of his attacks on Barack Obama.  Now he's lost no time in going after Obama for canceling his visit to wounded soldiers in Germany, even though he had time to go to the gym and sightsee in Berlin.
Discussion: Don Surber and Maggie's Farm
Krooney /
McCain Uses Obama's Cancelled Troops Visit Against Him in TV Ad  —  In toughest attack ad yet, the presumptive GOP nominee rips his rival for deciding to skip a scheduled visit with U.S. troops in Germany. … Watch it above.  Read script here.  —  The ad will air in select markets in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and the D.C. market.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP declares: “The United States is now winning the war that two …
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:   Defining “Victory” in Iraq
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.
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Today's Polls: Democrats are Driving Obama's Berlin Bounce  —  Mixed news on the day, as Barack Obama gets two relatively weak results in state polling while continuing to gain ground in the national trackers.  —  In California, Obama leads John McCain by 10 points according to Rasmussen.
Discussion: QandO and Daily Kos
Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Obama's Sober Mood  —  Greeted by thousands of Europeans, Obama's world tour went smashingly well.  But the candidate says he's not letting any of it go to his head. … —Sen. Barack obama in Berlin, July 24, 2008  —  Even if he wins the election this fall, Barack Obama will have a hard …
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 …
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Sweet Nothings  —  A close reading of The Speech.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Oliver Harvey / The Sun:
Obama's brother is in Bracknell  —  HE may be living in a Bracknell council house, but soon he could be dining with his brother at the White House.  —  The Sun was the first newspaper to track down and speak to Bernard Obama, 37.  —  And he said of Democrat candidate Barack: “I'm very proud of my big brother.
Times of London:
Third of Muslim students back killings  —  Radicalism and support for sharia is strong in British universities  —  ALMOST a third of British Muslim students believe killing in the name of Islam can be justified, according to a poll.  —  The study also found that two in five Muslims …
Discussion: Power Line and TigerHawk
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
TChris / TalkLeft:   A World Without Prisons?
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.”
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:   Blogging sucks: Women, minorities hardest hit
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Black Radio on Obama Is Left's Answer to Limbaugh  —  ATLANTA — Warren Ballentine, one of black talk radio's new stars, was on a tear against Senator John McCain as he broadcast from the Greenbriar Mall here last week, blithely dismissing Mr. McCain's kind words about Senator Barack Obama at the recent N.A.A.C.P. national convention.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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: The Reaction and Roger Ailes
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:   McClellan: White House gave FOX commentators talking points
New York Times:
Lobbyist Reports Show $181,000 for McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Registered lobbyists have donated large amounts of money to Senator John McCain's presidential campaign, even as he denounces their profession.  But Democratic candidates for Congress have also raised prodigious sums from lobbyists …
Discussion: Greatscat!
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
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Fox News:
Obama Says Overseas Trip Confirmed Foreign Policy Views
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
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Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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