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12:35 PM 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.
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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 …
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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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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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 …
Discussion: D-Day and Donklephant
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   THE EXCITING WORLD OF ASTROTURF MCCAIN ADVOCACY.
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Hillary's Growing Shadow  —  Barack Obama and John McCain are running neck and neck.  —  Impossible?  —  It would seem so.  Republican President Bush still has less than a 30 percent approval rating.  Headlines blare that unemployment and inflation are up — even if we aren't, technically, in a recession.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Confluence
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Seek to Defuse Talk of Contested Floor Vote
Discussion: New York Times
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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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.
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: The Dish Rag
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Possible McCain Running Mate Pawlenty Offers Ideas for Reforming Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, viewed as a possible running mate for Sen. John McCain, brought his ideas for reforming the Republican Party to Washington on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and MSNBC
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Potential McCain VP pick slams Obama's ‘life oratory’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, MSNBC and TIME.com
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House's Weak Denials  —  The allegation in Ron Suskind's new book that the White House ordered the CIA to forge evidence of a link between Iraq and al Qaeda is so incredibly grave that it demands a serious response from the government.  If what Suskind writes is true …
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
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