An open letter to Caroline Kennedy, by Michael Moore. — read here.

Candidates escalate war of words on Iraq. The candidates have shown their teeth in their disagreement over Iraq in speeches to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention — Washington Post

McCain weighs Lieberman surprise. The Republican VP candidate may be… a former Democrat. Politico reports that the McCain campaign has been sounding out party officials about the possible fallout if McCain choses a pro-abortion rights running mate such as Joe Lieberman – the former Democrat who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000. — Politico

Obama skewers McCain over “rich” comment. “[McCain] was on a [Rick Warren] panel the other day… Warren asked him, ‘How do you define rich?’ He said, maybe he was joking, he said, ‘$5 million.’ Which I guess, if you’re making $3 million a year, you’re middle class,” Obama said. “But that’s reflected in his policies. For people who are making more than $2.5 million, he’s giving folks a $500,000 tax break.” — The Carpetbagger Report

The abortion issue. Obama’s quip that deciding when life begins is “above his paygrade” won’t help him win voters even if they agree with his pro-choice stance, but the Dems can and should make it an election issue, argues Drew Westen. — Huffington Post

Was Huckabee’s Israel visit an audition for the VP spot? Time’s Middle East blog looks at how Huckabee’s support for Israel might help McCain with jewish voters. — Time

Condi’s hypocrisy. Condoleezza Rice echoes John McCain’s recent statement about Russia saying military power is “not the way to deal in the 21st century”. — Salon

Can Obama lose from ahead? – Two ideas – that Obama may be victim to the “Bradley effect” which sees black candidates leading in polls being beaten on the day, and an argument that Obama will lose without Hilary Clinton on the ticket. — Huffington Post

Blogwar over Edwards affair. Liberal blogger Lee Stranahan got banned from the influential Daily KOS blog for reporting on the John Edwards affair. — LA Times

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