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9:20 AM ET, August 7, 2008

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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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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.
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents Remain Split Between Obama and McCain  —  Overall, the race expanded slightly, then contracted in recent weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national registered voters fell from an average of 6 percentage points …
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Hillary Clinton Seeks Democratic Convention Voice  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in Denver  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she's looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and …
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Have the Clintons Gotten Over It?  —  The July 31 cocktail reception outside Palo Alto, Calif., had been billed as an evening for letting bygones be bygones, a coming together of Hillary Clinton's Silicon Valley backers with Barack Obama's to help the New York Senator retire her campaign debt.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Perceptions and TIME.com
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Re-tiresome  —  Oh, so now McCain says it's a good idea to inflate your tires.  This is something new: He has taken to attacking Obama on positions where he agrees with Obama.  Another example: he flayed Obama for his proposal to withdraw from Iraq, then said it was a “pretty good” timetable.
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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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Potential McCain VP pick slams Obama's ‘life oratory’  —  (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely rumored to be on Sen. John McCain's short list of potential vice presidential picks, displayed his skills as a political attack dog Wednesday.  —  “Senator McCain's life experiences are epic …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, MSNBC and TIME.com
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
FBI/DOJ Briefing on the Case Against Bruce Ivins Oh, PS: Ivins was a Registered, Real, Vote-in-Every-Primary Democrat; Lefty Blogs Begin Doubting His Guilt Based on This  —  An NPR report details evidence already mentioned.  —  Some highlights from the briefing:  —  * “Sole suspect” in investigation
William March / March On Politics:
“The Oil Companies Shut Us Down”—Obama Campaign  —  It was a neat idea for targeting a political ad—hit people with a Barack Obama campaign ad about gas prices and big oil companies on those new TV screens that are appearing atop the pumps at gas stations.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Obama ad won't run at gas stations
Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Justice Department Subpoenas Its Former Lawyers In Civil Rights Probe  —  A federal grand jury has subpoenaed several former senior Justice Department attorneys for an investigation into the politicization of the Department's own Civil Rights Division, according to sources close to the investigation.
Discussion: D-Day and TPMMuckraker
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hans Down To The Wire?  —  Well, well.  Look who allegedly spent …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Family's Donations to McCain Raise Questions
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
McCain, Obama discuss movies, TV viewing habits
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daou Report
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
WaPo Blows A1 McCain Story
Bruce Feirstein / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Gawker and The New Republic
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Find Out Where His Kids Go to School’