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2:40 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Detroit Free Press:
Kilpatrick will spend night in jail  —  Giles unmoved by mayor's apology  —  Judge Ronald Giles just sent Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail moments after the mayor pleaded for forgiveness and admitted he made an unauthorized trip to Windsor on city business.
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Detroit News:
Mayor Kilpatrick jailed, files appeal
Discussion: www.redstate.com
WDIV-TV:
BREAKING NEWS: Judge Sends Detroit Mayor To Jail
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Guilty as Ordered  —  Now that was a real nail-biter.  The court designed by the White House and its Congressional enablers to guarantee convictions of high-profile detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — using evidence obtained by torture and secret evidence as desired — has held its first trial.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Win Points for McCain!  —  Spread John McCain's official talking points around the Web — and you could win valuable prizes!  —  That, in essence, is the McCain campaign's pitch to supporters to join its new online effort, one that combines the features of “AstroTurf” campaigning with the sort …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE EXCITING WORLD OF ASTROTURF MCCAIN ADVOCACY.
Discussion: Wonkette
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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Drudge Report:
SPEAKER OF THE FLOP: PELOSI SELLS 2,737 COPIES OF BOOK  —  The most powerful woman in the history of American politics is suffering a humiliating defeat at the nation's bookstores, sales figures show.  —  In her first week at market, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sold just 2,737 copies …
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
GOP planning to revolt right up to Dem convention  —  House Republicans are gearing up to continue their revolt of Congress' adjournment for at least the next two weeks - right up to the start of the Democratic Convention in Denver - according to a memo sent Wednesday to GOP members from Minority Leader John Boehner.
Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
John McCain: My Pop-Culture Favorites  —  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee talks to EW about his picks in movies ("Viva Zapata!," Indiana Jones), TV shows ("Seinfeld," “The Wire"), singers (Roy Orbison, Usher), and a fictional president he admires
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Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
Barack Obama: My Pop-Culture Favorites
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The Dish Rag
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: “America is no longer what it once was”  —  When presidential candidates answer questions from children about why they want the job, most will give an answer that uplifts the child and the candidate.  Not Barack Obama.  At a campaign stop in Elkhart, Indiana, a seven-year-old girl asked …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exploding The Edwards Mistress Scandal  —  The Raleigh News & Observer, which unlike other newspapers has never declared itself too good for the John Edwards love-child scandal, is first with the angle that will probably at long last propel the sordid tale into the Times and Washington Post …
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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 …
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Michael Moynihan / The Politico:
Is there sinister subtext in McCain ads?
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
How Would Nominee Clinton Have Treated Obama?  —  Share This: Digg!  —  On Morning Joe, Chuck Todd said that the “feeling in Chicago,” presumably referring to the Obama campaign, is that Hillary Clinton is seeking treatment that she would never have given Barack Obama had the roles been reversed.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Seek to Defuse Talk of Contested Floor Vote
Discussion: New York Times
Abu Aardvark:
not much to show  —  While I've been too busy to post for the last week, I've been following the saga of the provincial elections law closely.  When the Parliament finally adjourned without reaching agreement, I was not particularly happy to be proven correct about the political stalemate …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama's View on Abortion May Divide Catholics  —  The Obama campaign is being close-mouthed about its convention plans that may include Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, who is Roman Catholic and opposes abortion rights.
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John M. Broder / MSNBC:   Obama's abortion view may split Catholics
Times of London:
Dog-cloner denies she was Mormon sex kidnapper Joyce McKinney  —  The woman who had her pet dog cloned by South Korean scientists flatly denied early today that she was a bail abscondee accused of sexually assaulting and kidnapping a male Mormon missionary more than 30 years ago in Surrey.
ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: Barack Is No Elitist  —  Potential First Lady Weighs In on ‘Celebrity’ Campaign Ad  —  First lady hopeful Michelle Obama says that a recent John McCain campaign ad characterizing her husband as a self-involved celebrity on the order of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears has it all wrong.
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Rebate Was a Flop.  Obama's Stimulus Plan Won't Work Either.  —  Congress enacted the tax rebate program earlier this year because it perceived a growing risk of recession.  In addition, it feared monetary policy alone would not be effective because of the dysfunctional credit markets.
 
 
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Pakistani president to be impeached
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Amanda / Think Progress:
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Larry Sandler / JSOnline:
Fake names get voter registration workers investigated
Mara Liasson / NPR:
Evangelicals Up For Grabs? Candidates Court Voters
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Wall Street Journal:
Possible McCain Running Mate Pawlenty Offers Ideas for Reforming Republicans
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Wall Street Journal:
Pressure to Donate to Romney Alleged in Complaint
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Hillary's Growing Shadow
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Age Issue  —  I've tended to dismiss it in the past …
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House's Weak Denials
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Dude, You Stole My Article
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