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11:30 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.
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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 …
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents Remain Split Between Obama and McCain
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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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Hillary's Growing Shadow
Discussion: Hot Air and The Confluence
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton, Obama Seek to Defuse Talk of Contested Floor Vote
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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 …
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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Rosa Brooks / Los Angeles Times:
Have military commissions been worth it?
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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Dr. iRack / abu muqawama:
Dr. iRack is Back . . . But the Elections Aren't  —  Dr. iRack has been away for a few weeks, mostly traveling across Iraq.  When he was in Baghdad last week, the word in the Green Zone was that the provincial powers law would finally pass.  As readers will no doubt remember …
Discussion: FP Passport and Informed Comment
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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraqi parliament adjourns without setting elections
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
New York Times:
Iraqis Fail to Agree on Provincial Election Law
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 …
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 …
Jody Rosen / Slate:
Dude, You Stole My Article  —  HOW I INVESTIGATED A SUSPICIOUS ALT WEEKLY.  —  The saga began in the classical manner: with an e-mail about Jimmy Buffett.  Several weeks ago, I received a note from a Slate reader drawing my attention to an article published in March 2008 in the Bulletin …
Discussion: First Draft, BuzzMachine and Romenesko
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 …
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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The Age Issue  —  I've tended to dismiss it in the past …
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Pivoting to Populism  —  ELKHART, Ind. — Barack Obama is cranking …
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Lawsuit exposes rift between gays and blacks at the DNC
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Family's Donations to McCain Raise Questions