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Spin Control

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Two takes on Obama's international tour

Here's an MSNBC clip on his Berlin stop

Here's the Daily Show's take on his Middle East swing. (We're guessing this will get more hits.)

Here are today's headlines in the presidential race from the Associated PressObama tells enormous Berlin crowd there are more walls to be torn down in fighting extremism

With Obama in Berlin, McCain visits German restaurant in Ohio

Hagel calls on candidates to focus on Iraq’s future over past war strategy

Rice not worried by Obama’s foreign policy forays overseas

Poll: Obama builds support among Hispanic voters

Police seek to soften protesters’ disruptions at GOP convention

For the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.———
Barack Obama spoke at the Victory Column in Berlin. John McCain holds a town-hall meeting on cancer with Lance Armstrong in Columbus, Ohio.

In Washington state: Gov. Chris Gregoire makes campaign stops around the Puget Sound to talk about cleanup
“We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye towards the future, with resolve in our heart, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.” — Democrat Barack Obama, in a speech at Berlin’s Victory Column.
Liberals are three times likelier than conservatives to be more excited about the presidential campaign than they were last fall, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll conducted in June. The poll has been measuring the political sentiments of the same 2,000 adults since November.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.