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7:05 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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.”
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%.
The Board:
Say What?  John McCain, Barack Obama, and the “Race Card”  —  We know that operatives in modern-day presidential campaigns are supposed to say things that everyone knows are ridiculous — and to do it with a straight face.  —  Still, there was something surreal, and offensive …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Hot Air
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.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The McCain Ad in South Florida  —  Contemplating Eve's (and Rick Perlstein's) analogy between the McCain “Celeb” ad and Leni Riefenstahl's greatest hits, it occurs to me that the similarities won't be lost on many elderly Jews in South Florida.  My late grandfather, a member of this species …
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: TIME.com
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   About that Ad  —  As you know, I haven't exactly established myself …
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: 'We're Proud of That Commercial'
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
JOHN McCAIN'S “PALPABLE PAIN”....From Todd Purdum's profile …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David Stout / New York Times:
White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush's top advisers cannot ignore 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.
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Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
This is Really Pretty Amazing  —  In a 93-page opinion in the Miers/Bolten 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: The Daily Dish and TPMMuckraker
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
US judge: White House aides can be subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected President Bush's contention that senior White House advisers are immune from subpoenas, siding with Congress' power to investigate the executive branch and handing a victory to Democrats probing the dismissal of nine federal prosecutors.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi says Rove contempt citation is possible
Discussion: Think Progress
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain says ‘race card’ charges are fair  —  (CNN) — John McCain told CNN Thursday it is fair for his campaign manager to claim Barack Obama is playing ‘the race card.’  —  “I'm sorry to say that it is.  It's legitimate,” McCain told CNN's John King.  “And there's no place in this campaign for that.
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Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA REMOVES HIS MASK
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Suggesting the race card and then denying it
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Media Blog
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 …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Swampland
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: “Is that the best you can come up with?”  —  At an economic town hall in Cedar Rapids, Obama continues to use high-mindedness as a bludgeon against the McCain ad:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Swampland
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Randyj / TIME.com:   Obama on “Celeb” Ad: “Is That the Best You Can Come Up With?”
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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.
Omar Waraich / Time:
Pakistan's Spies Elude Its Government  —  Pakistan's new civilian leaders ought to have known better.  One of the world's most powerful intelligence agencies, routinely dubbed “a state within a state”, was hardly likely to submit meekly to the efforts of a newly installed government to bring it to heel.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Newshoggers.com
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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