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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Obama in Afghanistan, Gramm Resigns

Some of the headlines today:

From Ben Smith at Politico:
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) landed today in Kabul, Afghanistan, after a stop in Kuwait to visit U.S. service members, kicking off a world tour that will dominate the presidential race for the coming week.

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From Jonathan Martin at Politico:

Former Sen. Phil Gramm is stepping down from his post as national co-chair for John McCain a week after creating headaches for the campaign by calling Americans "whiners" and saying the country was only experiencing a "mental recession."

In a statement issued tonight, after the national news broadcasts, Gramm, a former Texas senator-turned-investment banker, said he didn't want to be a distraction.

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McCain Gives Away Obama's Iraq Trip Details

Ben Smith at Politico:

Obama, you may have noticed, doesn't have a public schedule today. The press generally respects campaigns' and officials' security concerns, when voiced.

So Josh Marshall is probably right to raise an eyebrow that John McCain — of all people — just said, at a fundraiser, that Obama would be in Iraq with other senators this weekend.

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