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3:55 PM ET, July 27, 2008

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Matt / Think Progress:
McCain Denies He Used ‘The Word Timetable,’ Claims ‘We Were Greeted As Liberators’  —  During a January 30 Republican primary debate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pilloried former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for having once used the word “timetable” while talking about Iraq.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Say Anything  —  When you think about the stunningly dishonest ad John McCain is running, falsely accusing Barack Obama of not meeting with troops during his trip abroad and falsely accusing Obama of some scheme to deny money to the troops, you have to recall the breathtakingly unprincipled …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Transcript of McCain on “This Week”  —  Sen John McCain just back from a swing state tour sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in Cottonwood, Arizona to discuss the economy, gay adoption and McCain's apparent embrace of a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
CNN:
McCain, Obama accuse each other of shifting on Iraq
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Embraced Overseas, But to What Effect?
Los Angeles Times:
Challenges await Barack Obama at home
Discussion: The Caucus and Associated Press
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Going for That Presidential Look, but Trying Not to Overdo It
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, McCain 40%  —  Third day with Obama holding a significant lead over McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama now leads John McCain among national registered voters by a 49% to 40% margin in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted July 24-26.
Discussion: The Swamp and The Other McCain
Military Times HOME:
Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong  —  An Army officer's negative e-mail account of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's visit with the troops in Afghanistan that set the blogosphere ablaze prompted Army officials to correct aspects of the e-mail and resulted in a statement …
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Gothamist
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sunday Conversation: Obama's Berlin Speech Re-examined  —  The immediate reaction to Barack Obama's speech in Berlin earlier this week was almost exclusively positive.  —  The images of the Illinois Senator speaking in front of several hundred thousand people as the sun set on Germany's capital was praised as uniquely arresting.
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Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Sweet Nothings  —  A close reading of The Speech.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and American Power
Times of London:
Barack Obama's brother pushes Chinese imports on US  —  BARACK Obama's half-brother has been helping to promote cheap Chinese exports in a low-profile business career while the Democratic senator has been winning worldwide fame in his race for the White House.
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 …
 
 
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
OBAMA'S SECRET RESCUE MISSION
Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
Associated Press:
‘Large amount of weapons and explosives flowing into Gaza’
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
Paul Bedard / US News:
Blackwater Got the Gig Securing Obama in Afghanistan
David Frum / Wall Street Journal:
An Unconventional Idea
David Cohen / This Is London:
Barack Obama's broken promise to African village
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Cuban President Warns of Tough Times Ahead
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Rabbi: Removal of Obama's purported prayer note ‘sacrilegious’
Times of London:
South Africa tells Robert Mugabe to surrender
Discussion: Hot Air and normblog
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Shiite Militia in Baghdad Sees Its Power Ebb
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 …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sleaze scuppers Democrat golden boy