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9:45 AM ET, August 7, 2008

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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What McCain Should Do Next  —  Notwithstanding the hype about Barack Obama, here is where the presidential race stands: John McCain was within an average of 1.9% of his Democratic opponent in last week's daily Gallup tracking poll.  —  It shouldn't be this close.  Sen. Obama should be way ahead.
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
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Financial Times:
Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip  —  By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Edward Luce in Elkhart, Indiana  —  A senior adviser to Barack Obama has blamed recent attack advertisements comparing the Democratic presidential hopeful to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents Remain Split Between Obama and McCain  —  Overall, the race expanded slightly, then contracted in recent weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national registered voters fell from an average of 6 percentage points …
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Hillary Clinton Seeks Democratic Convention Voice  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in Denver  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she's looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and …
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Have the Clintons Gotten Over It?  —  The July 31 cocktail reception outside Palo Alto, Calif., had been billed as an evening for letting bygones be bygones, a coming together of Hillary Clinton's Silicon Valley backers with Barack Obama's to help the New York Senator retire her campaign debt.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   How Would Nominee Clinton Have Treated Obama?
New York Times:
500: Deadly U.S. Milestone in Afghan War  —  Not long after Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Blaskowski was killed by a sniper's bullet last Sept. 23 in eastern Afghanistan, his mother received an e-mail message with a link to a video on the Internet.  A television reporter happened to have been filming …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama's View on Abortion May Divide Catholics  —  WASHINGTON — Sixteen years ago, the Democratic Party refused to allow Robert P. Casey Sr., then the governor of Pennsylvania, to speak at its national convention because his anti-abortion views, stemming from his Roman Catholic faith …
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Way Back to the High Road?  —  The first question I asked John McCain and then Barack Obama was: How do you feel about the tone and direction of the campaign so far?  —  No surprise.  Both men pronounced themselves thoroughly frustrated by the personal bitterness and negativism they have seen …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Race Takes Central Role in a Memphis Primary  —  In the culmination of a racially fraught Congressional campaign in Memphis, a black candidate is linking her liberal-leaning white primary opponent in Thursday's contest, Representative Steve Cohen, to the Ku Klux Klan in a television advertisement.
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Re-tiresome  —  Oh, so now McCain says it's a good idea to inflate your tires.  This is something new: He has taken to attacking Obama on positions where he agrees with Obama.  Another example: he flayed Obama for his proposal to withdraw from Iraq, then said it was a “pretty good” timetable.
Washington Post:
Obama Hits Back, Too Softly For Some  —  Barack Obama released a television advertisement yesterday that questions John McCain's claims to be a “maverick,” and he charged in a campaign appearance that the Republican displays independence only when it suits him politically.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Potential McCain VP pick slams Obama's ‘life oratory’  —  (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely rumored to be on Sen. John McCain's short list of potential vice presidential picks, displayed his skills as a political attack dog Wednesday.  —  “Senator McCain's life experiences are epic …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, MSNBC and TIME.com
New York Times:
Iraqis Fail to Agree on Provincial Election Law  —  BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers adjourned for the summer on Wednesday without passing a crucial election law that many here hoped would solidify the recent, still fragile gains in security.  The failure seemed likely to mean the postponement …
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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraqi parliament adjourns without setting elections
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Judge upholds DNC protest zones
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Lawsuit exposes rift between gays and blacks at the DNC
Michael Luo / New York Times:
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Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
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Shutdown possible over oil drilling, Gingrich says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
WaPo Blows A1 McCain Story
Bruce Feirstein / Vanity Fair:
For Whom the Times Polls
Discussion: Gawker and The New Republic
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Find Out Where His Kids Go to School’