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10:50 PM ET, July 27, 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 …
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CNN:
McCain, Obama accuse each other of shifting on Iraq
Discussion: The Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:   Transcript of McCain on “This Week”
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Embraced Overseas, But to What Effect?
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.
MSNBC:
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.
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.
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
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 McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama at UNITY convention in Chicago  —  In his first U.S. appearance after a nine-day foreign tour, Sen. Barack Obama told a convention of minority journalists in Chicago today that he believes affirmative action will still be needed, even if the nation elects its first black president.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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:
Conor Clake / Creative Capitalism:
Reader Submissions, Take 4  —  A fresh round of reader submissions are here from: Jessica Haeussler, John Stewart, Michael Edwards, Amitav Misra, Ken Goldsholl, and Steve Bartin.  As always, we welcome any and all thoughts; if you're interested in participating, please send them to conorjclarke - at - gmail.com.
Discussion: EconLog
Karl / protein wisdom:
Blackwater keeps O! rollin'  —  At US News & World Report, Paul Bedard whispers that Blackwater handled Barack Obama's security during his trip to Afghanistan and helped in Iraq: … From whom did Blackwater get a bad rap?  From the politician who said they run amok and erode the core …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Blackwater Got the Gig Securing Obama in Afghanistan
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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William Poole / New York Times:
Too Big to Fail, or to Survive  —  CRITICS of the Congressional housing package complain that we are now committing taxpayers to huge new outlays to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  That view is wrong: Congressional inaction over the past 15 years had already committed taxpayers to the bailout.
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
OBAMA'S SECRET RESCUE MISSION  —  SEEKS TO FREE US MOM'S KIDS FROM PALESTINIAN ‘CAPTIVITY’  —  Barack Obama carried out a secret assignment during his global tour last week.  —  While talking about the Middle East peace process in the West Bank Wednesday, the presumptive Democratic nominee slipped …
Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
After Iowa Raid, Immigrants Fuel Labor Inquiries
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Voter surge may hurt Shays
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
When the going gets tough, McCain gets disgraceful
Nathan Halverson / Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Smile, you're on Google  —  Some residents cringe as Internet …
Associated Press:
‘Large amount of weapons and explosives flowing into Gaza’
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
David Frum / Wall Street Journal:
An Unconventional Idea
David Cohen / This Is London:
Barack Obama's broken promise to African village
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Cuban President Warns of Tough Times Ahead
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CNN:
Rabbi: Removal of Obama's purported prayer note ‘sacrilegious’
John Freeman Gill / New York Times:
Cold Shoulders  —  THE streets were bright with promise …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Going for That Presidential Look, but Trying Not to Overdo It
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
This Time, It's Different  —  Global Pressures Have Converged to Forge a New Oil Reality
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stalking, Sniffing, Swooning
 

 
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