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6:25 PM ET, August 3, 2008

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Rasmussen Reports:
Only 22% Say McCain Ad Racist, But Over Half (53%) See Obama Dollar-bill Comment That Way  —  Sixty-nine percent (69%) of the nation's voters say they've seen news coverage of the McCain campaign commercial that includes images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and suggests that Barack Obama is a celebrity just like them.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
[POLE AXED] OR NOT  —  TPM Reader RY keeps us posted ...  Here's the video:  —  Late Update: A reader writes in to dispute that Tapper looks “pole axed” in response to Gergen's comment.  And looking again he may be right, though it's possible he was pole axed on the inside.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John Kerry rebukes Wesley Clark on Meet the Press: Brokaw loses his memory too  —  In one segment Kerry can be really good on NBC and then be equally bad the next.  On Meet the Press today, Tom Brokaw asked John Kerry about Wesley Clark's Face the Nation segment.
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Sen. John Kerry / MSNBC:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for August 3, 2008  —  Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell, Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd, Judy Woodruff  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: The battle for the White House takes on the most negative tone yet.  —  Narrator #1: (From political ad) He's the biggest celebrity in the world.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Meet The Press: John Kerry Asks Where's McCain's Respectful Campaign …
Discussion: Liberty Street and The Jed Report
Kathy Hilton / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Celebrity Ad: Frivolous, A Waste Of Money, A Waste Of Time  —  I've been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad.  I actually have three responses.  It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign.
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
MoDo 's Latest Takedown of Women Voters
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Central: Peace, Harmony and Deep Secrecy  —  CHICAGO — The bustling Obama headquarters on North Michigan Avenue invites comparisons to a start-up, teeming with young people in jeans clutching BlackBerrys as they walk through the halls.  Yet in Democratic circles, another …
Washington Post:
Scientists Question FBI Probe On Anthrax  —  Ivins Could Not Have Been Attacker, Some Say  —  For nearly seven years, scientist Bruce E. Ivins and a small circle of fellow anthrax specialists at Fort Detrick's Army medical lab lived in a curious limbo: They served as occasional consultants …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists, their lying sources, and the anthrax investigation
Discussion: culturekitchen
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hello To All That Again  —  Here you have the current message of the McCain campaign from no less an authority than Rick Davis: … They really played the arugula card?  For all McCain's personal qualities, we're learning that the machine behind the GOP simply re-makes the campaign in its own Coulterite image.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Global Warming Did It!  Well, Maybe Not.  —  We're stuck on the notion that climate change is the culprit every time a natural disaster strikes.  But that's just muddying the waters.  —  We're heading into the heart of hurricane season, and any day now, a storm will barrel toward the United States …
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
What Happened?  —  This is a must-watch video, recorded from at least three different angles.  (From a John McCain media availability in Panama City, FL held on Friday, August 1, 2008.)  —  Update (10:40AM): Several folks have asked to see what his eventual response was.  C&L has posted it here.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
‘Bomb Bomb Iran’?  Not Likely.  —  Analysts speculate about the danger of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran before the Bush administration departs office next January.  But if you read the tea leaves carefully, the evidence is actually pointing in the opposite direction.
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
Eight Years Ago Today: Bush's Broken Promise  —  Eight years ago today, George W. Bush uttered the now broken promise that has come to define his failed presidency.  Accepting his party's nomination, Governor Bush promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the White House.
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why Pakistan is unlikely to crack down on Islamic militants  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and its allies are pressing Pakistan to end its support for Afghan insurgents linked to al Qaida, but Pakistani generals are unlikely to be swayed because they increasingly see their interests diverging …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Why Pakistan's Military Won't Change Its Ways Easily
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama agrees to three fall debates, chances for town halls dim  —  Barack Obama's campaign released a letter this afternoon from campaign manager David Plouffe to the Commission on Presidential Debates only agreeing to the traditional three sanctioned fall debates and single vice presidential forum.
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