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2:20 PM 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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Andrew Tyndall / tyndall report posts:
Update on Obama the Phenomenon  —  Hi guys.  Sorry to be behind in my posting.  I am working through the weekend to catch up.  For those who need an update on the latest disparity in coverage between that media phenomenon and that mere Presidential candidate, here are the numbers.
Los Angeles Times:
Challenges await Barack Obama at home
Discussion: Associated Press and The Caucus
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.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Jed Report
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Embraced Overseas, But to What Effect?
Matthew Yglesias:   Say Anything
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: Gothamist and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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
Associated Press:
‘Large amount of weapons and explosives flowing into Gaza’  —  Hamas has smuggled four tons of explosives, 50 anti-aircraft missiles, dozens of Kalashnikov rifles and materials used to produce rockets into the Gaza Strip since the inception of the cease-fire, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) …
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.
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
David Cohen / This Is London:
Barack Obama's broken promise to African village  —  It is an extraordinary sight to walk into a basic two-room house under a mango tree in rural east Africa and discover what is essentially a shrine to Barack Obama.  —  The small brick house with no running water, a tin roof and roving chickens …
 
 
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
OBAMA'S SECRET RESCUE MISSION
Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
Military Times HOME:
Officer: Part of anti-Obama e-mail was wrong
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
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Cuban President Warns of Tough Times Ahead
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Going for That Presidential Look, but Trying Not to Overdo It
Times of London:
South Africa tells Robert Mugabe to surrender
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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TigerHawk:
Helicopter parents  —  The New York Times devotes some of its …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
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David Horovitz / Jerusalem Post:
Obama on Iran, Syria, and Jerusalem
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