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8:55 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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David Stout / New York Times:
Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that Americans must abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade and rely on the sun, the winds and other environmentally friendly sources of power …
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The (Annotated) Gore Energy Speech  —  Former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech in Washington laying out his new approach to the entwined challenges of limiting risks from global warming and instability from rising energy prices and declining supplies of fossil fuels.
CNN:
Gore: Survival of U.S. at risk  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States should be making all of its electricity with renewable and carbon-free energy in 10 years, former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday.  —  “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk,” Gore said.
Al Gore / The Huffington Post:
A Generational Challenge to Repower America
Discussion: The Jed Report and Pajamas Media
Mikki Halpin / Glamocracy:
Barack Obama tells Glamour: “Debate me, not Michelle”  —  On Wednesday Senator Barack Obama talked to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and answered questions from our readers about his policies and about women's issues.  (Thanks to the many of you who submitted those queries!)
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama “infuriated” at conservatives for criticizing his wife …
John Santucci / Political Radar:
Obama Hits the Gym, With Multiple Repetitions  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: While Obama spent 91 minutes at a campaign event yesterday, the Illinois Senator spent a total of 188 minutes in the gym yesterday - making three separate stops to Chicago gyms over the course of one day.
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Associated Press:
Political Play of the Day: Obama becomes a gym rat  —  CHICAGO (AP) - Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe.  —  The Democratic presidential contender exercises regularly, but over a 24-hour span this week, he took it to a new extreme.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Hearing-Gate Exposed!  McCain Has Worse Afghanistan Hearing Record Than Obama  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: The McCain campaign criticism of Sen. Barack Obama's hearing record on Capitol Hill led us to put the shoe on the other foot.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TIME.com
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Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Biden hits back - More on Obama's Committee  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: The case of the European Affairs Subcommittee hearings continues.  Biden writes a passive aggressive letter to answer DeMint's passive aggressive letter.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, the ranking member on that committee …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election  —  Nevada: Now It's Obama By Two in Very Close Race  —  In Nevada, Barack Obama has a two-point edge over John McCain according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey.  It's Obama 42% and McCain 40%.  When “leaners” are included, Obama is on top 47% to 45%.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election
Discussion: The Jed Report
CNN:
Ashcroft defends waterboarding  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding has served a “valuable” purpose and does not constitute torture, former Attorney General John Ashcroft told a House committee Thursday.  —  Testifying on the Bush administration's …
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Ryan / Think Progress:   Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ …
Sean Tevis for Kansas State Representative:
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner  —  My name is Sean Tevis [photo].  I'm an Information Architect in Kansas running for State Representative.  I've decided to “retire” my current State Representative.  I'm going to win.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Obama Campaign's Out of Control Spending  —  The $52 million figure may not be a disaster for the Obama campaign, but it is hardly a success.  Not just because it's far below what the Obama campaign projected in June.  It's a disappointment because it includes general election contributions from those who had previously maxed out.
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”  —  Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart is facing a tough reelection campaign.  He's been accused of abusing his office for personal gain, and will go on trial in the fall on felony campaign finance charges.
Murphy / puma pac:
GOD WILL GUIDE THE HAND OF JUDGMENT THAT WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN!  —  A note to maniacs who make death threats: They don't work.  They harden the opposition to your cause because they expose your true nature as a homicidal bully.  They also rally the support of the vast majority of decent people who are outraged by the tactic.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush ‘a total failure’  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush has been a “total failure” in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.  In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video …
Discussion: Hot Air, Macsmind and TigerHawk
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's goodie bag  —  As a state senator, here's who he doled out state cash to  —  Back when Barack Obama was a state senator, the Illinois Legislature offered this perk: You get elected, you get to give out some money.  —  Like his counterparts, Obama routed this state grant money to parks …
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Glamour Magazine Interview
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shares Rise as Oil Continues to Fall
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Bloomberg to Host ‘Welcome Back’ Fete for Clinton
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle
Discussion: TIME.com
Martin / Boztopia.com:
Reverse Robin Hood: Stealing From The Poor To Give To The Rich
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia
Discussion: The News Buckit
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 Earlier Items: 
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY NOZZLE OR YOURS?  —  Sen. Larry Craig throws innuendo to the wind ...
Discussion: Wonkette
Ross Douthat:
Goodbye To Matt  —  Congratulations are in order whenever …
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Turnout Low on First Day of Handgun Registration
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’
New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Larry Hunter / NY Daily News:
Hunter: This conservative activist is backing Obama