This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

A new CBS News / New York Times poll shows that Barack Obama leads John McCain 45 percent to 39 percent. The 6-point spread is unchanged since June, when Obama led McCain 48 percent to 42 percent. 28 percent of the respondents in the poll say they might still change their mind.

Barack Obama said yesterday that overall U.S. interests have been hurt rather than helped by the Bush administration’s decision to increase troop strength in Iraq 18 months ago, and vowed to stick to his plan to withdraw combat troops within 16 months of becoming president.

John McCain said yesterday he knows “how to win wars” and that the strategy of increasing troop levels in Iraq should also be applied to Afghanistan. McCain described Obama’s call for withdrawal from Iraq as tantamount to declaring defeat.

The Pentagon announced that the military surge into Iraq that began more than 18 months ago has ended, but 150,000 u.s. troops remain, as many as 15,000 more than before the buildup began.

In a break with past Bush administration policy, a top U.S. diplomat will for the first time join colleagues from other world powers at a meeting with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator this weekend in Switzerland.

The American League beat the National League in last night’s marathon, 15-inning major league baseball all-star game at Yankee Stadium. The score was 4 to 3.

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