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9:45 AM ET, July 30, 2008


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Washington Post:
McCain Charge Against Obama Lacks Evidence  —  For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.
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:
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:   Lynn Sweet on the Landstuhl Controversy
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 …
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  —  In the course of reporting an article on the 12 years that Barack Obama spent teaching law at the University of Chicago, we unearthed some of Mr. Obama's old class materials: the syllabus and assignments for his “Racism and the Law” seminar …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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. …
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: Us Weekly
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: Associated Press
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Meets 5 Dissidents From China Before Games
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
“For GOP, Stevens Indictment Is Latest in a String of Setbacks”
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Editormd / Politicker MD:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine cancels appearance at Baltimore fundraiser  —  By Politicker Staff  —  Category: President Tags: Tim Kaine Top Story: Breaking  —  Due to a “scheduling problem,” has learned that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will not attend tomorrow night's Unity '08 Fundraiser …
Discussion: Politics Nation, Hot Air and Tom Watson
Wally Edge / Politicker MD:
Source: Kaine pulls out of '08 Unity fundraiser
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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
When Extremists Attack  —  I have now been called antisemitic and intellectually unstable and a whole bunch of other silly things by the folks over at the Commentary blog.  They want Time Magazine to fire or silence me.  This is happening because I said something that is palpably true …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Machine
Robert Jablon / Associated Press:
Strong quake rattles buildings, nerves in S. Calif  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) - The strongest earthquake to strike a populated area of Southern California in more than a decade rattled windows and chandeliers, made buildings sway and sent people running into the streets on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times:
Minor damage from 5.4 quake shows California has learned its lessons
Discussion: The Seminal and Althouse
David Miliband / Guardian:
Against all odds we can still win, on a platform for change  —  Labour must stop feeling sorry for itself, enjoy a break, and return afresh to expose the emptiness of the Tory alternative  —  In the aftermath of Labour's third successive defeat at the 1959 election, a famous pamphlet asked the question: “Must Labour lose?”
Discussion: Comment Central and Harry's Place
Times of London:
Poll: Labour doomed with or without Gordon Brown
Discussion: Guardian
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New York Times:
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Discussion: DefenseLINK
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The New Republic:
Obama Vindicated  —  Yesterday, I posted an item about an accusation …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, Phil Spector endorses Obama at his murder trial hearing
Discussion: Power Line
Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
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John Tierney / New York Times:
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Discussion: BlogHer and Reason Magazine
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
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