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10:05 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: The Strata-Sphere and Dean's World
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Media Blog
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: A ‘Pretty Good Timetable’  —  First the Iraqi government gave Senator Barack Obama a boost by seeming to embrace his proposal for a 16-month timetable for withdrawing American troops from Iraq.  But could Senator John McCain, who built his candidacy in large part on his opposition …
Discussion: marbury and The Jed Report
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 …
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: Hot Air and Salon
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: TIME.com and Boston Globe
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
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 …
Christopher Beam / Trailhead:
The $2.8 Trillion Deficit Gap: Holtz-Eakin Responds  —  John McCain's tax policy has come under fire in the past, particularly for its dependence on huge revenue windfalls to balance the budget.  But now a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center (a joint venture between Brookings …
Discussion: Wonk Room
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain may not speak for the McCain campaign on the economy.
Discussion: Majikthise
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.
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 …
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
Bush critics get an unimpeachable forum  —  WASHINGTON - Call it the un-impeachment hearing.  —  The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Friday it insisted was not about removing President Bush from office.  But critics of Bush's policies couldn't pass up the chance to charge the president …
Discussion: Hot Air, A Blog For All and Don Surber
Julie E. Washington / Plain Dealer:
Radio station dropping Michael Savage after controversial remarks about autism  —  Michael Savage's controversial remarks about autistic children have gotten him booted off Cleveland's airwaves.  —  WHK AM/1420, the only Cleveland-area station carrying Savage's radio talk show …
 
 
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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
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 …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Bush and McCain Seem to Diverge in Foreign Policy
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Schock treatment: Bush welcome
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The K Street Project, Part Blue
 Earlier Items: 
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
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Rate Obama's Berlin Speech Good or Excellent; 46% Think Europe …
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?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
USC young Republicans allege phony CNN interview
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama leaves the gifting to Santa
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Critic Or Cheerleader: The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline