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7:40 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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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially the blacks and the Jews pt. 233231  —  TPM knocks Nikki Tinker'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
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Race Takes Central Role in a Memphis Primary
Discussion: MSNBC, American Power and News Hounds
Washington Post:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years  —  Hamdan Receives Credit for Time Served, Could Be Released in 5 Months  —  A former driver for Osama bin Laden was sentenced today to 5 ½ years in prison for his material support for terrorism, a relatively light sentence that means …
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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.
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Required Reading: The New News Paradigm
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and TVNewser
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
It's Not a Gaffe, It's a Theme
Discussion: Power Line
Nitya / Political Punch:
Exxon [Hearts] Obama  —  As we close up a week wherein Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on the stump and in a TV ad accused rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of being “in the pocket of big oil,” and doing the industry's bidding — not to mention a week during which the Democratic National Committee launched …
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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.
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 and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Man held in Fla. for threatening Obama's life  —  Suspect held without bail Thursday after a brief court hearing  —  MIAMI - A man who authorities said was keeping weapons and military-style gear in his hotel room and car appeared in court Thursday on charges he threatened to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Curt Anderson / Associated Press:
Man held in Fla. on charge of threatening Obama
Discussion: Wake up America
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Nick / RightMichigan.com:
Obama “grateful” for Kwame (unless this “isn't the Kwame Kilpatrick” he's known)  —  So Kwame's going to jail, huh?  How long, do you figure, before Barack Obama tells us that this is “not the Kwame Kilpatrick I know?”  From the sounds of these remarks (delivered last May to the Detroit Economic Club) …
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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.
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.
Washington Post:
Bush Begins Beijing Visit as China Rebukes His Rights Speech  —  President Bush arrived in Beijing late today to begin his Olympics visit, even as the Chinese government reminded the world that it opposes interference from other countries on human rights issues.
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: ‘Serious error’ to revoke Cheek's visa
Discussion: MSNBC
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: DAZED AND CONFUSED  —  To me, the presidential race reached a turning point last week when John McCain opted for a campaign of denigration employing racial stereotypes, sexualized talking points for surrogates (Obama as “internet date") and copious ridicule.
Discussion: Veracifier and Political Machine
Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative:
Suskind Revisited  —  Thursday, August 7th in War by Philip Giraldi  —  An extremely reliable and well placed source in the intelligence community has informed me that Ron Suskind's revelation that the White House ordered the preparation of a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda …
Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
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 …
wpri.org:
WPRI Poll: Barack Obama Leads John McCain in the Presidential Race  —  Senator Barack Obama holds a 44% to 38% lead in Wisconsin over Senator John McCain in the presidential race.  Senator Obama leads the race primarily because of a combination of the most important issues on the minds …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
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Little Green Footballs:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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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
Ross Douthat:
Evangelicals, Catholics and Abortion
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A prayer for Hillary  —  Online Clinton supporters aren't thrilled …
Jason Trahan / Dallas Morning News:
Judge denies request for delayed re-trial in Holy Land case
Jeff Winbush / TheRoot:
Can Black Journalists Be Trusted to Cover Obama?
Amanda / Think Progress:
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Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
State rep charged with assaulting teen
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Wonkette
Times of London:
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Way Back to the High Road?