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10:45 AM ET, July 30, 2008


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Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Obama's Symbolic Importance  —  Perhaps he's beginning to believe the hype.  —  In his closed door meeting with House Democrats this evening, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger.  According to a witness, he was waxing lyrical about last week's trip to Europe …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama Continues Hectic Victory Tour  —  Barack Obama has long been his party's presumptive nominee.  Now he's becoming its presumptuous nominee.  —  Fresh from his presidential-style world tour, during which foreign leaders and American generals lined up to show him affection …
New York Times:
Low-Road Express  —  Well, that certainly didn't take long.  On July 3, news reports said Senator John McCain, worried that he might lose the election before it truly started, opened his doors to disciples of Karl Rove from the 2004 campaign and the Bush White House.  Less than a month later, the results are on full display.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
With Commercial, McCain Gets Much More Than His Money's Worth  —  WASHINGTON — The number of times Senator John McCain's new advertisement attacking Senator Barack Obama for canceling a visit with wounded troops in Germany last week has been shown fully or partly on local, national and cable newscasts: well into the hundreds.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in G.O.P.  —  SPARKS, Nev. — In recent days Senator John McCain has charged that Senator Barack Obama “would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign,” tarred him as “Dr. No” on energy policy and run advertisements calling him responsible for high gas prices.
Lynn Sweet:
More to the story: about my post on Obama canceling visit to troops in Germany  —  An item I posted July 25 about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) canceling a visit to a U.S. military base in Germany has now become grist for the Republicans to attack Obama.  —  Some points:
John Santucci / Political Radar:
McCain and Obama Have Already Spent Over $50 Million on General Election TV Ads
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:   Lynn Sweet on the Landstuhl Controversy
Jeff E. Schapiro /
From City Council to vice president?  —  His first council campaign was in '94, and now he's a possible vice president  —  It has been a rapid rise for the once-curly-headed kid from Kansas.  —  Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's political career, not 15 years old, has veered from the City Hall …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Wally Edge / Politicker MD:
Source: Kaine pulls out of '08 Unity fundraiser
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and
Larry Sabato / Real Clear Politics:
Vice President Tim Kaine?
Discussion: Commentary and Blogs of War
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Those privacy-hating Chinese communist tyrants  —  Associated Press, yesterday: … Rocky Mountain News, October 11, 2007: … For my podcast show later today, I spoke with Tim Shorrock, the investigative journalist who has become the leading expert on the enormous, sprawling …
Discussion: Think Progress
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Kansas Senator Blasts Chinese Government For Ordering Internet Surveillance
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:   Senator: China spying on Internet use in hotels
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Meets 5 Dissidents From China Before Games
National Enquirer:
EDWARDS' HU$H MONEY TO MISTRESS  —  A NATIONAL ENQUIRER investigation has uncovered John Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter - the mother of his “love child” - has been secretly receiv­ing $15,000 a month as part of an elaborate cover-up orchestrated by the former presidential contender.
Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
Kerry's office: Sen. wasn't partying with women  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  An embarrassing gallery of photos showing Bay State Sen. John Kerry surrounded by young women partying on Nantucket was a dockside encounter and nothing more, the senator's office tells the Herald.
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
John Kerry for Party President
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Us Weekly
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
House Issues An Apology For Slavery  —  The House yesterday apologized to black Americans, more than 140 years after slavery was abolished, for the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow” segregation.  —  The resolution, which passed on a voice vote late …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Identity Politics Amuck
Washington Post:
For GOP, Stevens Indictment Is Latest in a String of Setbacks  —  Ted Stevens's indictment yesterday could not have occurred at a more politically inopportune time for the senator from Alaska or for his fellow Republicans.  —  In less than a month, on Aug. 26, he has a primary contest …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As a Professor, Obama Enthralled Students and Puzzled Faculty  —  CHICAGO — The young law professor stood apart in too many ways to count.  At a school where economic analysis was all the rage, he taught rights, race and gender.  Other junior faculty dreamed of tenured positions; he turned them down.
Jodi Kantor / The Caucus:
Inside Professor Obama's Classroom
Dan Casey / The Roanoke Times:
Aide to U.S. Senator Jim Webb found dead from apparent gunshot wound  —  Authorities in Botetourt County this morning discovered the body of a well-known Democratic operative and U.S. Senate aide along U.S. 220, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  —  The body of Frederick W. Hutchins Jr. …
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Tax Blunder  —  One of the miracles of this Presidential election campaign is that John McCain still has a chance to win, notwithstanding his best attempts to kick it away.  In his latest random policy improvisation, the Arizona Senator tried to give up the tax issue.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and
Laurie Au / Star Bulletin:
Obama notes ‘tragic’ US past  —  American history's “sad” aspects require action, the senator tells cheering journalists  —  CHICAGO » Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians …
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Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
Obama extends reach with ads
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