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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Apparent suicide in anthrax case  —  Bruce E. Ivins, a scientist who helped the FBI investigate the 2001 mail attacks, was about to face charges.  —  A top government scientist who helped the FBI analyze samples from the 2001 anthrax attacks has died in Maryland from an apparent suicide …
Michelle Malkin:
The anthrax case and the suicide
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Think Progress:
One Month After 9/11, McCain Said Anthrax 'May Have Come From Iraq …
Discussion: Eschaton
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 and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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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.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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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Brad / Sadly, No!:
Beyond F**king Parody  —  So it's come to this: Americans may not vote for Obama because he eats well and he exercises.  No, really: … A few points:  — This isn't the Journal's op-ed page.  Rather, it appeared in their weekend section.  This is allegedly a “news” feature.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
USA Today:
You vote: Who put out the first ‘negative’ ad?  —  As they've argued over the Celeb TV ad that Republican John McCain's presidential campaign released Wednesday (best known for its use of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton), aides from both major contenders' campaigns have made a number of charges.
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Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Obama responds to race card charge
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME.com
Eamon Javers / The Politico:   McCain's Internet edge: Ad price
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies — including Wal-Mart.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Heckled in FL  —  ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Provocative hecklers associated with an international African socialist collective interrupted Obama's opening remarks here... Obama calmed then down by promising he'd take their questions during a Q and A, and an Obama supporter grabbed the banner away.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA, INTERRUPTED  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
Discussion: The New Republic, Hot Air and The Trail
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 …
The New Republic:
A Conservative ‘Slate’?  —  Have you ever been reading Slate and found yourself thinking, “This is great, but if only if were more conservative...”?  Then LibertyWire is for you!  The new online publication, being launched in mid-August, is billing itself as “a conservative version of Slate.”
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Matthew Yglesias
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Matthew Yglesias:   Slate Revisited  —  Enough people in the business have gotten …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's ‘emergency’ economic plan  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday announced an “Emergency Economic Plan” that would give families a stimulus check of $1,000 each, funded in part by what his presidential campaign calls “windfall profits from Big Oil.”  —  Details are in this six-page policy paper.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
2 Reports Raise Hopes on Energy  —  Storing energy is a crucial but expensive component of plans to turn intermittent sources of energy, like wind and sun, into reliable replacements for coal and natural gas.  But two new scientific papers show progress in materials science and chemistry that could cut the cost.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   The Next Big Thing
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
The Curious Mind of John McCain  —  Ambition and Emotion Color the Complex Intellect of the Candidate  —  In his 2002 book, “Worth the Fighting For,” John McCain offered this confession — an acknowledgment of a restless mind: “Although I seem to tolerate introspection better the older I am …
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus, Swampland and TIME.com
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-1049  —  Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  —  http://www.bls.gov/ces/ is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EDT), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, August 1, 2008.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Freedom  —  Ezra's damn right about this.  Go to pretty much any populated part of the United States, buy some land, and try to build something on it and you'll find that there are a lot of land-use restrictions in place.  Some of these rules are good, some of them are bad …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CONCERNED COLUMNISTS OF AMERICA DISCOVER ZONING.
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.
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
Malwebolence  —  One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents' bedroom closet and shot himself in the head.
Discussion: Althouse and Cogitamus
Matthew Yglesias:
Rachel Maddow  —  She's good:  —  So there are all these liberals in the country.  Probably if you took a smart liberal who performs well on television and made her the host of a TV show, those liberals would watch that show.  Just a theory.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and Eschaton
 
 
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Ben / Think Progress:
Judge on Rove's citizen arrest: 'It's about time.'
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:
More on McCain's Ongoing “Troops” Smear
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
Poll: Country's mood at historic low
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Website Suggests Obama-Bayh Ticket
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
McCain tries to scrub his website: They called him A Political Celebrity
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Democrats Get Drilled  —  Some cracks are appearing in the solid wall …
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Eric Egland / New York Times:
Allies Obama Overlooked
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BATTLE OF THE CELEB BABIES
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Los Angeles Times:
John McCain ad irritates many in Hollywood
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iran: We have started nuclear fusion
J. Freedom du Lac / Washington Post:
Rappers' Shout-Outs Make Obama Skip a Beat
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carl Bialik / Wall Street Journal:
Press 1 for McCain, 2 for Obama
Discussion: The Corner
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McCain's camp suffers from a paper gap
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Can This Planet Be Saved?  —  Recently the Web site …
 

 
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