The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Obama and McCain:

ABC News' Jennifer Parker: "McCain: Obama's Plan Could 'Reverse' Progress in Iraq - Obama's Withdrawal Policy Could Lead to U.S. Fighting Wider War in Iraq, McCain Says" LINK

The New York Times' Michael Cooper: "Candidates Spar Over Troop Surge and Iraq Chronology" LINK

The Washington Post's Libby Copeland: "Another Peek Inside the Brain of the Electorate" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Gerald F. Seib and Laura Meckler: "Voter Unease With Obama Lingers Despite His Lead - Poll Finds Background, Experience Are Advantages for McCain" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler: "'Generation Gap' Widens in the 2008 Electorate - Young Voters in Poll Flock to Obama; Old Favor McCain" LINK

The Boston Globe's Foon Rhee: "Veep speculation continues" LINK

USA Today's Kathy Kiely: "Obama's itinerary in Israel notably similar to McCain's" LINK

USA Today's Susan Page and William Risser: "Poll: Racial divide narrowing but persists" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Stephen Braun: "McCain and Obama tax plans are criticized" LINK

2008: Obama:

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Obama Meets With Israeli and Palestinian Leaders" LINK

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Michelle Boorstein: "Obama Working to Ensure Jewish Vote - Meticulous Planning For Visit to Israel Indicates Importance" LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Griff Witte: "Obama Ends Mideast Swing With Vow to Back Israel, Peace Talks" LINK

The Politico's Ben Smith: "Obama makes Olympic ad buy" LINK

The Boston Globe's Foon Rhee: "Obama poll lead not growing with trip" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Phil Willon: "Villaraigosa seeks to build Latino support for Obama - The effort stands to benefit both the presidential candidate and the mayor, a former Hillary Clinton supporter who has had an uneasy relationship with some in the black community" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan and Richard Boudreaux: "Obama assures Israel of support" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey: "Obama lavished with airtime -- and criticism -- As the media moves to correct itself for glowing coverage of the Democrat, it's entering a period of shallow analysis" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey: "Obama works to rally Jewish support" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Batsheva Sobelman and Richard Boudreaux: "Obama makes connection with Israeli family in Sderot" LINK

The Washington Times' Joshua Mitnick : "Obama Supports Israel's Strikes on Palestinians" LINK

The Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni: "Europeans to Celebrate Arrival of Candidate" LINK

The Chicago Sun Times: "Welcome to the Lollapalooza stage ... Barack Obama?!" LINK

Time Magazine's Stephanie Kirchner: "Berlin Awaits the 'Next JFK'" LINK

Newsweek's Richard Wolffe: "Reassuring Israel; Under the Mideast Sun—and the Microscope—Obama Stays Cool." LINK

The Hill's Bob Cusack: "Campaign is Coordinating a Blitz by the Obamacans" LINK

The Hill's Walter Alarkon and Jordan Fabian: "Obama Takes Advantage in Field Offices" LINK

The New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff: "Barack Obama Tries to Reassure Israelis and Palestinians on Middle East Tour" LINK

The New York Sun's Benny Avni: "Obama Meets Netanyahu as Russia Arms Iran" LINK

The New York Sun's Amity Shlaes: "Obama at a War Symbol" LINK

The Washington Times' Gary Andres: "Rhetorical Camouflage; Obama's discourse sparks fear and hope for Republicans" LINK

The Washington Times' Donald Lambro: "Withdrawal Weathervanes" LINK

The Washington Times' Douglas MacKinnon: "Obama and Quayle" LINK

2008: McCain:

The New York Times' Jennifer Steinhauer: "With Arizona Changing, McCain Focuses on Home" LINK

The New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller: "McCain Event Is Thwarted by Hurricane" LINK

The Washington Post's Michael D. Shear: "McCain Still Waiting for His Turn at Good Luck" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "McCain's notable bio strikes a chord in Pa." LINK

Time Magazine's Joe Klein: "McCain's Foreign Policy Frustration" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "Lieberman Donors Not Rushing to Give to McCain" LINK

The Boston Herald's Margery Eagan: "Love Sick Press Jilts McCain" LINK

2008: McCain and Obama: International Perspectives:

The Guardian's (UK) William Kristol: "In JFK's footstepsTo emulate Kennedy in Berlin, Obama must urge allies to take on terrorists and their supporters" LINK

The Jerusalem Post's (Israel) Khaled Abu Toameh: "Abbas outlines Israeli 'obstacles to peace'" LINK

The Japan Times' Gwynne Dyer: "Barack Obama's Overseas Tour" LINK

Al Jazeera's (Doha – Qatar) Marwan Bishara: "Is Obama an Israel appeaser?" LINK