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4:55 AM ET, July 18, 2008

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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Bush ‘a total failure,’ Pelosi says  —  (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Bush “a total failure” on Thursday, among the California Democrat's harshest assessments to date of the president.  —  “God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States — a total failure …
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
DNC sets up independent operation to help Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee plans to target Republican John McCain and help Democrat Barack Obama with an independent ad campaign run by veteran Democratic strategist Jonathan Prince, Democrats familiar with the decision said Thursday.
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 …
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate  —  “Considerable presence” of skeptics  —  The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.
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.
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — Every day around 8 a.m., foreign policy aides at Senator Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters send him two e-mails: a briefing on major world developments over the previous 24 hours and a set of questions …
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Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Bloomberg to Host ‘Welcome Back’ Fete for Clinton
Discussion: TIME.com
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:   Clinton says he's ready to campaign for Obama
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.
Newsweek:
An unusual new privilege claim shields Cheney in Plame probe.  —  The Bush administration today unveiled a set of novel and controversial legal arguments in refusing to disclose key details about Vice President Dick Cheney's role in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Mukasey the Obstructionist  —  Michael Mukasey has President Bush's back.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
White House:
President Bush Attends Funeral Service for Tony Snow  —  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Archbishop Wuerl, Father O'Connell, Mr. Vice President, members of the Cabinet and my administration, members of Congress …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Flopping Aces
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Roxanne Roberts / Washington Post:
Tony Snow: Farewell To the Light Heart
Discussion: DCist
Ryan / Think Progress:
Ashcroft: Waterboarding ‘Consistently’ Seen As Legal, Refuses To Say Use On U.S. Troops Is ‘Unacceptable’  —  During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft falsely claimed that waterboarding has “consistently” been defined as “not torture” …
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Sen Larry Craig: Don't let foreigners “jerk us around by the gas nozzle”  —  Presented without comment.  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play (h/t Bill W)
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MY NOZZLE OR YOURS?  —  Sen. Larry Craig throws innuendo to the wind ...
Discussion: Wonkette
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election  —  North Carolina: McCain Still Struggling in Historically Red State  —  The race is still close between John McCain and Barack Obama in the traditionally red state of North Carolina.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds McCain ahead 45% …
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Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election
David Evans / The Australian:
No smoking hot spot  —  I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office.  I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Terrorism Funds May Let Brass Fly in Style  —  The Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend counterterrorism funds on “comfort capsules” to be installed on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around the world, with at least four top generals involved …
 
 
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New York Post:
THE WAY TO BOX IN BARACK ON IRAQ
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
Bob Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain
James Risen / New York Times:
Electrical Risks at Bases in Iraq Worse Than Previously Said
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
GNP: Partisan and Meta-Partisan Critiques
Discussion: The American Scene and Eunomia
Think Progress:
Rove: 'This Administration Put More Into Alternative Energy Research …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Maybe McCain should have ‘adopted’ a consistent position
Discussion: The RBC
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shares Rise as Oil Continues to Fall
Helena Andrews / The Politico:
Watts launches African-American channel
Discussion: The RBC
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Another state GOP goes after Michelle
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
“I've never seen a comic book with the phrase ‘anal sodomy’ in it before.”
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Kmiec vs. Scalia
Discussion: The News Buckit
Ross Douthat:
Goodbye To Matt  —  Congratulations are in order whenever …
Jerusalem Post:
Arab media mocks Hizbullah ‘victory’
Sean Tevis for Kansas State Representative:
Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll …
Jaime Sneider / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Obama Campaign's Out of Control Spending
John Santucci / Political Radar:
Obama Hits the Gym, With Multiple Repetitions