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September 12, 2007

Per Mike, Obama's in Iowa today delivering a speech that he hopes will change the dynamic of the race. And boy does he need to do that. From this morning's Hotline Wake-Up Call, here are some poll numbers:

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Pop quiz -- what Euro-loving, Bush-bashing, ultra-liberal wacko said the following:

"...the truth is that the best national health-insurance programs do not bear out the horror stories that conservatives like to tell about them."

Michael Moore? Paul Krugman? Ezra Klein? Me?

Er, no. Those words came from conservative journalist Ramesh Ponnuru, writing in the latest issue of National Review.

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From an email I just received promoting Digger Phelps's new book, Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach:

Head basketball coach of Notre Dame at age 29, a position he held for more than two decades with a 100 percent graduation rate, Richard "Digger" Phelps was an attention-getting figure in The White House's anti-drug program, part-time ambassador, is an adored ESPN commentator, and a possible Presidential candidate. [Emphasis added.]

Nooooooo!

--Jason Zengerle

There's a lot of discussion bouncing around the blogosphere (see Matt Yglesias, Kate Sheppard, and Ezra Klein) about this new Media Ma

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USA Today has a piece today about the ongoing battle between breastfeeders and Facebook. It seems the popular networking site has deleted the accounts of some women for posting photos of themselves nursing their babies, arguing that such pics violate its policy against nude and obscene material.

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Obama in Clinton, Iowa, just now:

We do hope that the headline after we leave is, "Clinton Endorses Obama."

An Obama aide assures me the location for today's Iraq speech was not chosen to make a pun-y point.

Update: Here's the key Hillary-smacking portion of the speech:

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Andrew writes about the typically overwrought response of Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, to comedienne Kathy Griffin's saying "Suck it, Jesus," at an award ceremony. Donohue intoned:

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Just to be clear, Obama called today for the removal of all US "combat brigades" from Iraq by the end of next year. That apparently does not mean all "US combat troops," as I phrased it below. As a fact sheet provided by his campaign today explains,

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Michael Crowley has written about Barack Obama's big Clinton, Iowa, Iraq-policy speech here and here. The full text of Obama's address is below.

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Before his Iraq speech today Barack Obama was introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter. This was his first appearance at an Obama event, and the campaign sees Brzezinski's support as a way of countering the implicit Clinton critique of Obama's lack of "experience." After the speech I sat down with Brzezinski for a few minutes to discuss his support for Obama.

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