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4:45 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:
Paris Hilton's family fuming at McCain campaign  —  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems that the new McCain ad criticizing Obama for being a celebrity has ruffled some unintended feathers.  I, for one, quite liked the ad, but I hear whispers from the inner campaign staff …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
GOP's celeb-Obama message gains traction  —  Barack Obama's critics laid down the foundations of the strategy months ago: The Republican National Committee started the “Audacity Watch” back in April, and Karl Rove later fueled the attack by describing the first-term Illinois senator as “coolly arrogant.”
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
GRAHAM AND LIEBERMAN DEFEND AD  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland and Andrea Mitchell  —  Responding to criticism of McCain's recent TV ad depicting Obama as celebrity without substance, two of McCain's key Senate allies fired back in an unrelated news conference.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Where did Barack Obama's mojo go?  —  Something's going on.  Or some things.  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday shows that despite nine solid days of blanket media coverage from overseas with Barack Obama cheered by adoring throngs of Germans and parlez-vousing with the French …
Matthew Yglesias:
Management By McCain  —  Kevin Drum's not the only liberal upset by a political press that can't seem to hold John McCain responsible for John McCain's campaign tactics.  But isn't the image painted in today's stories — of McCain as a kind of passive bystander to decisions being made on his behalf by his staff — sort of more damning?
Discussion: pandagon.net and The RBC
Todd Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The McCain Behind the Curtain  —  The saddest sight on “Straight Talk Air,” the sleek flying successor to John McCain's one-time rolling caravan of candor, is the couch.  It's a soft, tan leather shelf, custom-fitted for high altitude truth-telling when McCain, a former Navy pilot, took his act from the road to the skies this summer.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
Washington Post:
As Aides Map Aggressive Race, McCain Often Steers Off Course  —  Sen. John McCain last week delivered one of his sharpest critiques yet of Sen. Barack Obama's Iraq policies, carefully reading a prepared speech that accused his Democratic rival of failing the commander-in-chief test …
Ross Douthat:
Barack Hitler Obama  —  It's remarkable what those fiendish GOP operatives can squeeze into thirty seconds: Not only does McCain's “celeb” ad have “Barack Obama will rape yo daughters overtones,” says Rick Perlstein (who's apparently under the impression that most Americans think of Paris Hilton …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and BAGnewsNotes
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   About that Ad  —  As you know, I haven't exactly established myself …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Press: John McCain Plays the Race Card
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The McCain Ad in South Florida
Discussion: Blog entry
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain camp: Obama plays race card
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: 'We're Proud of That Commercial'
Ross Douthat:
Britney and Crypto-Racism  —  Via Chris Bodenner …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Federal judge rules Bush's aides can be subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush's top advisers are not immune from congressional subpoenas, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a long-running dispute between the two political branches.  —  Congressional Democrats called the ruling …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Judge Rules White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's top advisers must honor subpoenas issued by Congress, a federal judge ruled on Thursday in a case that involves the firings of several United States attorneys but has much wider constitutional implications for all three branches of government.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
This is Really Pretty Amazing  —  In a 93-page opinion in the Miers/Bolton contempt case, Judge Bates not only rejects all of the various Administration arguments against justiciability, but goes so far as to reach the merits and hold that there is no basis for the DOJ argument …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Think Progress
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The race for the presidency has moved back into a statistical tie in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of national registered voters, with Barack Obama now ahead of John McCain by just one percentage point, 45% to 44%.
Steve Hargreaves / CNNMoney.com:
Exxon posts record $11.68 billion profit  —  World's largest publicly traded oil firm makes $1,485.55 a second in the quarter, but misses forecasts.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income …
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Faiz / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them  —  Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh — a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker — revealed that Bush administration officials held …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Inside the New Battleground Poll  —  In the grand cosmos of political polling organizations, Quinnipiac is one of the better ones.  So it's worth taking a look at its new summer snapshot of three battleground states—Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  The poll was conducted over a full week …
Discussion: The Nation, MyDD and TIME.com
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Suggesting the race card and then denying it  —  Obama's camp recognizes there is both promise and peril in accusing McCain and the GOP of racially-tinged attacks.  Yes, it energizes the Democratic base (black and white) while also raising the antennae of suburban swing voters.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BRITNEY-PARIS DAY AFTER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The day after Britney-Paris: Today might be a day when John McCain ought to simply forget to read the news clippings, turn off the cable TV, and not browse The Google.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
More on the “Celeb” Ad
Dan Schnur / Campaign Stops:
Bad V.P. Picks  —  As the short lists of potential running mates for John McCain and Barack Obama grow shorter, an intriguing but somewhat unexpected question has emerged: Who would be the worse selection?  Mitt Romney or Tim Kaine?  —  Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and TPMCafe
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Supporter Angered By ‘Other Women’ Obama VP Talk  —  ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: A longtime friend of Sen. Hillary Clinton said it's “incomprehensible” that Sen. Barack Obama would choose another woman to be his vice-presidential candidate over Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: PSoTD and Balloon Juice
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
PFC LaVena Johnson Was Raped, Beaten, Set On Fire And Worse - Army Calls It Suicide  —  Nicole and I have both written posts about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of PFC LaVena Johnson, and Democracy Now! had a heartbreaking interview with her family last week.
 
 
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Jim Lobe / IPS Inter Press Service:
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Megan McArdle:
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Megan McArdle:
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MoveOn Responds to McCain ‘Celeb’ Ad
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Here We Go Again  —  Couple of things about Obama's reaction …
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