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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  —  The Los Angeles Times broke the story this morning of Bruce Ivins, who worked at Fort Detrick for 18 years and had been informed of an FBI investigation and impending DOJ prosecution against him in the still-unsolved 2001 anthrax attacks.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Think Progress:
One Month After 9/11, McCain Said Anthrax 'May Have Come From Iraq …
Discussion: Eschaton
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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.
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.
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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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
McCain's Internet edge: Ad price
Discussion: Don Surber
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 and Open Left
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   THE CONCERNED COLUMNISTS OF AMERICA DISCOVER ZONING.
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can This Planet Be Saved?  —  Recently the Web site The Politico asked Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, why she was blocking attempts to tack offshore drilling amendments onto appropriations bills.  “I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet,” she replied.  —  I'm glad to hear it.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill
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.
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 …
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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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: The Caucus, MSNBC, Swampland and TIME.com
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
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
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: The Daily Dish, Althouse and Cogitamus
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) …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
McCain's camp suffers from a paper gap  —  While campaigns typically snow reporters with white papers and policy minutiae, many of the domestic policy plans of John McCain have been notably short on details.  —  Analysts caution that both McCain and Barack Obama have produced policy pronouncements …
 
 
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Get Drilled  —  Some cracks are appearing in the solid wall …
Stephen McGinty / Scotsman:
People of Beijing told what not to wear
Discussion: Don Surber
Eric Egland / New York Times:
Allies Obama Overlooked
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The New Republic:
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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
Matthew Yglesias:
Good Advice  —  As sometimes happens when I read Marc Ambinder's blog …
Carl Bialik / Wall Street Journal:
Press 1 for McCain, 2 for Obama
Stars & Stripes:
Landstuhl clarifies press rules for aborted Obama visit
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Run against the GOP, Cole tells hopefuls
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