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4:50 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama condemns ad against Jewish candidate  —  Nikki Tinker race baits Steve Cohen.  @ Yahoo! Video  —  Obama — in his de facto new role as leader of the Democratic Party — just put out a statement condemning Nikki Tinker's attack on Stephen Cohen, which has been widely interpreted …
Discussion: Post Politics and www.redstate.com
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Zack McMillin / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
EMILY's List ‘shocked’ by Tinker campaign ads  —  According to the Web site politico.com, the feminist group that has supported Nikki Tinker's 9th District Congressional campaigns is distancing itself from her because of the commercials her campaign released attacking incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen.
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially the blacks and the Jews pt. 233231  —  TPM knocks Nikki Turner's ad in which claims, “While he's in our churches, clapping his hands and tapping his feet ... he's the only senator who thought our kids shouldn't be allowed to pray in school.”  Turner's opponent Steve Cohen is Jewish …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:   Tennessee Primary Gets Nasty
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: Donklephant and Wonkette
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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Massie Ritsch / OpenSecrets.org:
Oil Industry Leans Toward McCain, But Big Producers Favor Obama  —  Much has been made of Barack Obama's TV ad this week that accuses John McCain of being “in the pocket” of the oil industry, and yesterday the Democratic Party launched a website pairing McCain and Exxon Mobil as running-mates.
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Nitya / Political Punch:
Exxon [Hearts] Obama
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Judge Orders Detroit Mayor Jailed  —  DETROIT — Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick was sent to the county jail Thursday and will spend at least one night there as punishment for violating his bond.  —  Mr. Kilpatrick is fighting perjury and other felony charges, but has refused calls to resign.
Discussion: Power Line, Slog and Prometheus 6
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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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.
Hillary Clinton / blog.hillaryclinton.com:
Let's Chat  —  I want to thank everyone for joining me here today for our live chat.  I'm so grateful to all of my online friends for the amazing support you continue to show me.  Your kind words mean so much to me, and you have been instrumental in working to help retire our campaign debt.
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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Ross Douthat:
Evangelicals, Catholics and Abortion  —  Ed Kilgore asks a good question: Why are evangelicals more pro-life than Catholics? … As Kilgore notes, there's nothing obvious or inevitable about this breakdown: … Kilgore proposes a couple of possible explanations for this phenomenon …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Eunomia
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Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Gang of 10: Obama's Checkmate?  —  I try and avoid using grandiose rhetoric of this kind.  But there is a potential checkmate scenario sitting on the board for Barack Obama, and it involves the ‘Gang of 10’ energy compromise bill currently being floated by a bipartisan group of ten senators.
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.
Alice Thomson / Times of London:
Suddenly being green is not cool any more  —  As the credit crunch bites, environmental policies are being ditched.  But oddly we are doing better at saving the planet  —  Julie Burchill can't stand them.  According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy …
 
 
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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Man held in Fla. on charge of threatening Obama
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: Democrats love a Maverick!
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Democratic Platform Includes New Governance Planks …
Discussion: TIME.com
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Denies Rift with Clinton; Says Unification has Been “Seamless”
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A prayer for Hillary  —  Online Clinton supporters aren't thrilled …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Leahy's office hits back against Beck's Batman analogy.
Joshua Zumbrun / Forbes:
America's Fastest-Dying Cities
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
State rep charged with assaulting teen
 Earlier Items: 
Saeed Shah / Guardian:
Pakistani president to be impeached
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: MORE CLINTON DRAMA
ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: Barack Is No Elitist
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME.com
Larry Sandler / JSOnline:
Fake names get voter registration workers investigated
Times of London:
Dog-cloner denies she was Mormon sex kidnapper Joyce McKinney
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exploding The Edwards Mistress Scandal
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House's Weak Denials
Financial Times:
Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip