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12:30 AM ET, August 2, 2008

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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.  —  Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Confederate Yankee:
Obama's Netroots Supporters Continue “Blog Burning”  —  Let's Party Like It's 1933.  —  Tell me once more how progressives love free speech. … Online activists thought to be loyal to Barack Obama are once against using Google's software tools to target rival political blogs for elimination as spam blogs.
Edward Epstein / CQ.com:
House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy  —  The C-SPAN cameras were gone and the microphones were off, but that didn't stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the floor after the House adjourned for five weeks to attack Democrats for leaving town without doing something to lower gas prices.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Bizarre Scene on the House Floor
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Guerilla Congress  —  I just got back a short while ago …
CBS News:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda No. 2 Injured?  —  Unverified Letter Obtained By CBS News Urgently Requests Doctor To Treat Ayman al Zawahiri  —  (CBS) Ayman al Zawahiri - the second most powerful leader in al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden's No. 2 - may be critically wounded and possibly dead …
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri Dead!?!  (Bumped)  —  Stratfor reports that the United States is attempting to verify rumors coming out of Pakistan that al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a July 28 Predator airstrike.  —  Intelligence sources told The Jawa Report last week …
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Obama responds to race card charge  —  In an interview with the St. Pete Times and Bay News 9 for Political Connections, Barack Obama brushed off the charge from the John McCain campaign that he was injecting race into the campaign:  —  “I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white …
Discussion: Political Radar, Hot Air and The Swamp
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Race Card Charges and Campaign Discord Mark Dog Days of Summer
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama explains ‘dollar bill’ line
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama shifts, says he may back offshore drilling  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.
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St. Petersburg Times:
Considering new energy plan, Obama softens stance on drilling  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Long an opponent of offshore drilling, Sen. Barack Obama offered encouraging words for a bipartisan energy plan that would permit oil drilling within 50 miles of Florida's west coast.
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Too Fit to Be President?  —  Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback  —  Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.
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Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Anthrax Suspect Kills Self - How Conveeeeeeeenient...  Bruce Ivins, a bioweapons scientist at Ft. Detrick, Md. reportedly killed himself via overdose earlier this week.  He was about to be indicted in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks (remember those?).
Discussion: Frederick News-Post
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp responds: ‘sad...juvenile antics’  —  Barack Obama's campaign responded sharply to a new McCain webad depicting Obama as a parody of a biblical prophet.  —  “It's downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Tied at 44%  —  Registered voters evenly split in their support for Obama versus McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain's Ad Formula Employs Lowest Common Denominator  —  In a celebrity-driven culture that has left little space for John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate has decided to go tabloid.  —  By featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in an attack ad against Barack Obama …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ben / Think Progress:
Judge on Rove's citizen arrest: 'It's about time.'  —  Last Friday, police in Des Moines, Iowa arrested four people who attempted to make a citizens' arrest of former top White House aide Karl Rove, who was in town to speak at a GOP fundraiser.  A retired minister and three members …
Discussion: Iowa Politics
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Hil, no!  Don't nominate me  —  Hillary Clinton has decided against being nominated for President at the Democrats' Denver convention, but many of her more die-hard partisans may vote for her anyway.  —  A source close to the New York senator confirmed she won't file a formal request …
 
 
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Ali / Think Progress:
McCain suggests military-style invasion modeled on the surge …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe: McCain attacks ‘helped our campaign,’ moneywise
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Low-Road Warrior  —  Mudslinging will damage McCain's brand …
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Barack Obama gets backing from Boris Johnson
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Another Point about the McCain Ads
RushLimbaugh.com:
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Matthew Yglesias:
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CNN:
Independent: Negative ads risky for McCain
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW IT WORKS  —  Let's see how this works.  McCain runs …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blooper: Hannity punks himself on anti-McCain Campain ad.
Emptywheel:
Scott McClellan Dismantles Cheney's Plame Firewall
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“The One”  —  Today the McCain campaign continued to skewer Barack …
Laurence Lowe / The New Republic:
The Post-Rove Guru  —  How the Republican Party stopped dreaming …
Marc Ambinder:
Arizona News Station Airs Spot Questioning McCain's Chances In AZ
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
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