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9:45 AM ET, July 27, 2008

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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.
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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.
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Obama Arrives Home, to a Not-So-Warm Welcome from McCain
Discussion: Eschaton
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Uses Obama's Cancelled Troops Visit Against Him in TV Ad
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
New McCain Ads Attack Obama's Canceled Troop Visit
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Industry Gushed Money After Reversal on Drilling  —  Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
How Obama Became Acting President  —  IT almost seems like a gag worthy of “Borat”: A smooth-talking rookie senator with an exotic name passes himself off as the incumbent American president to credulous foreigners.  But to dismiss Barack Obama's magical mystery tour through old Europe …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Shiite Militia in Baghdad Sees Its Power Ebb  —  BAGHDAD — The militia that was once the biggest defender of poor Shiites in Iraq, the Mahdi Army, has been profoundly weakened in a number of neighborhoods across Baghdad, in an important, if tentative, milestone for stability in Iraq.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stalking, Sniffing, Swooning  —  It could have been a French movie.  —  Passing acquaintances collide in a moment of transcendent passion.  They look at each other shyly and touch tenderly during their Paris cinq à sept, exchange some existential thoughts under exquisite chandeliers, and — tant pis — go their separate ways.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Booman Tribune
Times of London:
South Africa tells Robert Mugabe to surrender  —  The president and his cronies face a humiliating end  —  THE president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has been warned by Thabo Mbeki, the South African president, that he faces prosecution for the crimes he has committed during his 28 years …
Discussion: normblog
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: Harry's Place, TigerHawk and Power Line
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 …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sleaze scuppers Democrat golden boy  —  Gotcha: Senator John Edwards, whose wife has cancer, has been caught in a sex scandal that ends his vice-presidential hopes  —  SCRATCH John Edwards off the list of potential vice-presidential candidates.  The former White House contender …
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.
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.
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Defining “Victory” in Iraq  —  As recently as the first half of 2007, the idea of an American victory in Iraq seemed like a fantasy to just about everyone, including me.  General David Petraeus surged additional troops to Iraq, however, and he transformed the joint American-Iraqi counterinsurgency strategy …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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TigerHawk:
Helicopter parents  —  The New York Times devotes some of its front page to a story about overbearing parents who torture summer camp administrators with their specific instructions, whiny demands for exceptionalism, and unreconstructed anxiety.  This is an excellent use of that newspaper's valuable real estate.
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Tina Kelley / New York Times:
Dear Parents: Please Relax, It's Just Camp
Discussion: Gawker and Joanne Jacobs
 
 
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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David Brown / Washington Post:
AIDS Funding Binds Longevity of Millions to U.S.
Discussion: Corrente and The Swamp
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
A Long Wait at the Gate to Greatness
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
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David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Obama on Iran, Syria, and Jerusalem
 Earlier Items: 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Sends Housing Relief Bill to Bush
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Lead, 48% to 41%
Julia Sudbury / Guardian:
Taking on the Titans  —  The US prison system, with its superjails …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Candidates Narrow Lists of V.P. Prospects