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7:55 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.
Al Gore / The Huffington Post:
A Generational Challenge to Repower America
Discussion: The Jed Report
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  —  The three network anchors will travel to Europe and the Middle East next week for Barack Obama's trip, adding their high-wattage spotlight to what is already shaping up as a major media extravaganza.  —  Lured by an offer of interviews …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Barack Obama Raised $52 Million in June
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
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 …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!
Discussion: MSNBC, Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
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.
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
New York Times:
Judge Refuses to Postpone Trial of Bin Laden's Driver  —  A federal judge on Thursday refused to postpone the first military trial set for next week at the Guantánamo Bay detention center, rebuffing a last-minute plea from lawyers for Salim Hamdan, an accused member of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's former driver.
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CNN:   Judge refuses to delay detainee trial
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
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.
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.
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’  —  While Hizbullah on Wednesday went to great lengths in its attempts to paint the prisoner swap with Israel as a victory, emphasizing the fact that the group's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah had kept to his word and managed to release murderer Samir Kuntar …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle  —  Following the lead of the Tennessee Republican Party, the Washington Republican Party has launches a Web ad “welcoming” Michelle Obama to the state with a revival of her remark that this campaign marked the first time she was proud of her country for the first time during this campaign.
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush ‘a total failure’
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Bush's security adviser holds talks in Turkey over Iran
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
It's Still the Economy, Stupid (Guest Voice)
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Bloomberg to Host ‘Welcome Back’ Fete for Clinton
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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bob Barr Conference Call
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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
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Is Failure No Longer an Option?
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Old Flame  —  Why I still kinda like John McCain.
Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Are the media airbrushing Obama's speeches?  Update: Wouldn't ICE qualify?