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1:10 AM ET, July 28, 2008


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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain Reverses Himself on Affirmative Action  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Kevin Kilbane Report: During a “This Week” interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos John McCain reversed himself on affirmative action and endorsed for the first time a proposed state ballot measure which would end race …
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.
McCain, Obama accuse each other of shifting on Iraq
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Mark Halperin /   Transcript of McCain on “This Week”
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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama visits hospital for sore hip  —  All that basketball seems to be taking at least a slight toll on Sen. Barack Obama's nearly 47-year-old body.  —  Late Sunday, he visited the University of Chicago Medical Center to have a sore hip checked by an orthopedic doctor.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: And we are here with Senator Obama late Saturday afternoon in London, the last stop of his nine-day overseas trip.  —  You head back to the United States in a few hours.  For purposes of this program, we'll say good morning.
Anita Thompson / The Huffington Post:
Listening to the Dalai Lama in Aspen  —  ASPEN — My late husband, Hunter S. Thompson, said that he was a teenage girl trapped in the body of an elderly dope fiend.  I realized something as I watched the highest ranking monk of Tibetan Buddhism: His Holiness is a teenage girl trapped in the body of a Dalai Lama!
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dahleen Glanton / Chicago Tribune:
New battles erupt over gun laws  —  From airports to Disney World, the fight to limit firearms continues in the courts  —  ATLANTA—Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a ban on handguns, gun opponents are fighting to preserve or expand gun-free zones …
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.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Worried Banks Sharply Reduce Business Loans  —  Banks struggling to recover from multibillion-dollar losses on real estate are curtailing loans to American businesses, depriving even healthy companies of money for expansion and hiring.  —  Two vital forms of credit used by companies …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Speaking In Code  —  I haven't finished Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals yet, but so far it's the probably the creepiest book I've read yet about the Torture Regime.  (Philippe Sands' book Torture Team …
Discussion: Firedoglake, D-Day and Think Progress
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Democracy Institute Gives Donors Access to McCain  —  As Senator John McCain waited to speak at the annual awards dinner of the International Republican Institute, a democracy-building group he has led for 15 years, lobbyists and business executives dominated the stage at a Washington hotel ballroom.
Matthew Yglesias:
Impractical Scheme of the Day  —  The health policy reform world has, in my view, a tragic if understandable tendency to get bogged down in the swamps of the politically viable so I'm always glad when someone puts something obviously unpassable on the table.  Here's Robert Waldman:
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 …
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Peter Huber / Forbes:
The Carbon Curtain  —  What we really need from the climate modelers …
Katie Allison Granju / WBIR-TV:
Second church shooting victim dead
Zzaki / Political Punch:
New McCain Ad Bashes Obama for Not Visiting Troops Using Footage …
Laurel Dalrymple / Washington Post:
Swimwear Decisions Aren't Itsy-Bitsy or Teeny-Weeny
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Sadly, No!
Conor Clake / Creative Capitalism:
Reader Submissions, Take 4  —  A fresh round of reader submissions …
Discussion: EconLog
Julia Preston / New York Times:
After Iowa Raid, Immigrants Fuel Labor Inquiries
Discussion: TalkLeft and ParaPundit
Karl / protein wisdom:
Blackwater keeps O! rollin'
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama at UNITY convention in Chicago
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Smile, you're on Google  —  Some residents cringe as Internet …
William Poole / New York Times:
Too Big to Fail, or to Survive
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Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sunday Conversation: Obama's Berlin Speech Re-examined
Associated Press:
‘Large amount of weapons and explosives flowing into Gaza’
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
John Freeman Gill / New York Times:
Cold Shoulders  —  THE streets were bright with promise …
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
In study, evidence of liberal-bias bias