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11:55 AM ET, July 27, 2008

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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
In study, evidence of liberal-bias bias  —  Cable talking heads accuse broadcast networks of liberal bias — but a think tank finds that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Barack Obama than on John McCain in recent weeks.  —  Haters of the mainstream media reheated a bit of conventional wisdom last week.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Embraced Overseas, But to What Effect?  —  By almost every measure, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's overseas tour that concluded here Saturday was a clear success, with meticulously planned and deftly executed events designed to beam back images to the United States of a politician comfortable on the world stage.
Los Angeles Times:
Challenges await Barack Obama at home  —  His overseas trip was a success, analysts from both parties agree.  But rival John McCain is building an assault on the domestic issue of energy.  —  LONDON — Barack Obama conquered the Middle East and Europe last week, but on Saturday he returned …
Discussion: The Caucus and Associated Press
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Going for That Presidential Look, but Trying Not to Overdo It
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.
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 …
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.
CNN:
Rabbi: Removal of Obama's purported prayer note ‘sacrilegious’  —  JERUSALEM (CNN) - The rabbi who supervises Jerusalem's Western Wall condemned the removal of a prayer note purportedly written by Sen. Barack Obama, saying the action was “sacrilegious.”  —  The U.S. presidential candidate visited …
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Obama Arrives Home, to a Not-So-Warm Welcome from McCain  —  The charter landed about a half-hour ago in Chicago, to news that the McCain campaign has launched what Halperin is calling its “toughest attack ad yet.”  But there's a little problem with this line:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
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Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Uses Obama's Cancelled Troops Visit Against Him in TV Ad
John Freeman Gill / New York Times:
Cold Shoulders  —  THE streets were bright with promise on the sunny July day in 2001 when former President Bill Clinton arrived in Harlem, the historic capital of black America, to celebrate the opening of his office on 125th Street.  A chant of “We love Bill!” rose from the adoring crowd …
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 …
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.
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
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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Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Cuban President Warns of Tough Times Ahead
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
IS HAYEK STILL RELEVANT?  Jesse Larner has an interesting …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
This Time, It's Different  —  Global Pressures Have Converged to Forge a New Oil Reality
Discussion: On Deadline
TigerHawk:
Helicopter parents  —  The New York Times devotes some of its …
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
A Long Wait at the Gate to Greatness
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Sweet Nothings  —  A close reading of The Speech.
David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Obama on Iran, Syria, and Jerusalem
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Richard Wolffe / Newsweek:
Obama's Sober Mood