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9:25 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.
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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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Thanks for Nothin', Joe!  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his allies have been hitting Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, for not holding any hearings to examine the role of NATO in Afghanistan in his perch as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs.
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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 …
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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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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Holly Bailey / Newsweek Blogs:
About That Obama Trip...  With word that the three network news anchors will be joining Barack Obama on his trip overseas next week, the New York Times today raises the question of whether John McCain has been given short shrift when it comes to media coverage.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Maybe McCain should have ‘adopted’ a consistent position
Discussion: The RBC
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
3 Anchors to Follow Obama's Trek Abroad
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’ …
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
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.
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
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.
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
McCain gets Social Security but criticizes system  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Although Republican presidential candidate John McCain has called Social Security “a disgrace,” he still cashes his own retirement check every month.  —  “I'm receiving the benefits, the system is broken and …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
The Glamour Magazine Interview  —  Ipse dixit:  —  “It's infuriating, but it's not surprising, because let's face it: What happened was that the conservative press—Fox News and the National Review and columnists of every ilk—went fairly deliberately at her in a pretty systematic way …
 
 
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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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
WCBS-TV:
Civil Rights Leader: Public Figures Need To Be ‘Consistent’
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia
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JP Morgan's Dimon: Prime Mortgages Look “Terrible”
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
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
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's goodie bag
Murphy / puma pac:
GOD WILL GUIDE THE HAND OF JUDGMENT THAT WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN!
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Old Flame  —  Why I still kinda like John McCain.