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9:10 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: American Power
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   About that Ad  —  As you know, I haven't exactly established myself …
Todd Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The McCain Behind the Curtain
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TIME.com
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
JOHN McCAIN'S “PALPABLE PAIN”....From Todd Purdum's profile …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: 'We're Proud of That Commercial'
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Whiskey Fire
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain camp: Obama plays race card
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 …
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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.
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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Marc Ambinder:
Bluffing 'Bout Bias?  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Really, the press corps should pay attention to Barack Obama's sustained defense of his energy policies, which includes new language on John McCain's ties to the oil industry.  But we're not: we're writing about the flashpoint of the day …
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA REMOVES HIS MASK
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
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%.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Hope and change: Obama loses eight points in four days
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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 …
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?”
Discussion: Liberal Values
Avi Issacharoff / Observer:
Hamas' Christian convert: I've left a society that sanctifies terror  —  A moment before beginning his supper, Masab, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, glances at the friend who has accompanied him to the restaurant where we met.  They whisper a few words and then say grace …
Discussion: Hot Air and Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Stevens gets chance to clear name before election  —  WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Thursday and received an unusually speedy trial date, which he hopes will clear his name before voters consider re-electing him in November.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Yahoo! News
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The New Republic:
Hope of the GOP: “George Bush is the Worst President”
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Facing questions, Edwards evades reporters  —  It was only three weeks ago that John Edwards was fielding media questions on his chances of filling the Democratic Party's vice presidential slot on Barack Obama's ticket or a potential Cabinet position in an Obama administration.
Discussion: Wonkette and JammieWearingFool
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Montana Presidential Election  —  McCain Pulls Even in Montana  —  The good news for John McCain in Montana is that he's gained six points on Barack Obama over the past month.  The bad news is that the race is essentially even in a state that George W. Bush won by 20-percentage points …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPM Election Central
 
 
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Presumed Racist  —  Obama's statement yesterday about Republican …
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