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12:55 AM ET, July 24, 2008


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The Politico:
Breaking: Novak cited after hitting pedestrian  —  Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.  —  A Politico reporter saw Novak in the front of a police car with a citation in his hand …
Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Novak, Sociopath  —  Dana Goldstein writes: … This isn't the first time Novak's gotten in trouble with criminal driving.  Fortunately, the 66 year-old man Novak hit has only minor injuries, which means Novak will probably only see a minor penalty.  And that's too bad.
Discussion: Liberty Street, Althouse and Macsmind
Faiz / Think Progress:
Witness: ‘No way’ Novak didn't know he hit someone; victim was ‘splayed across the front’ of his car.  —  Politico reports that conservative pundit Robert Novak “was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.”
Discussion:, Majikthise, Don Surber and Wonkette
Novak: All Things Considered, I Screwed Up
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Novak hits pedestrian with Corvette, keeps driving
Discussion: Think Progress
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama incorrectly claims membership of Senate committee  —  (CNN) - Responding to an Israeli reporter's question Wednesday on his commitment to protect the Jewish state, Barack Obama pointed to a bill “we passed” in the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that tightens sanctions and authorizes divestment from Iran.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE FINE LINE BETWEEN PANDERING AND LYING  —  Barack Obama held a press conference in Sderot, Israel today.  I wouldn't have blamed him if he had stuck to a reasonable degree of pandering, but check out this question and answer from the press conference: … Let's pause here.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Messiah Lies About His Senate Committee Assignment
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain to counterprogram Obama in Germany with visit to Gulf Coast oil rig  —  While Barack Obama is speaking about international affairs in Germany before thousands of fans tomorrow, John McCain will be talking about a pressing domestic issue with an equally striking if very different backdrop.
Massive fuel spill closes part of Mississippi River
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
Mark Preston / CNN:
McCain message to hit Berlin Thursday
Discussion: The Swamp and Newsweek Blogs
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama keeps lead over McCain  —  Voters see Democrat as riskier pick, but rival has negatives of his own  —  WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans think Barack Obama is a riskier choice for the presidency, but he maintains a six-point lead over Republican John McCain …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
TEASING THE NEW NBC/WSJ POLL  —  Here's one result from the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that will be released tonight at 6:30 pm ET on Nightly News and With the news that Iraq's prime minister wants the US to set a timetable for withdrawal, 60% of registered voters believe it's …
Discussion: Open Left and Salon
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama Maintains Lead Over McCain
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Defends Anbar-Before-Surge Scenario  —  “Yesterday,” a reporter asked McCain, “you suggested that the surge in Iraq predated the Anbar rebellion, and actually the Anbar rebellion came a couple of months previously.  Did you misspeak, or did you have something else in mind?”
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Macsmind
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Anbar Sheik Cited By McCain Was Assassinated Last Year  —  The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an al-Qaeda led group in midst of the surge.  —  On Tuesday evening …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Wesley Clark Flubs Surge Facts
Discussion: Hot Air
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Olympic Deal Sealed: Obama Makes $5 Million Buy  —  Candidate's Package Includes National Network, Cable  —  WASHINGTON ( — It's official.  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will be among the TV sponsors of NBC Universal's Olympics coverage.  In the first significant network-TV buy …
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Edwards: The Agony of the MSM  —  PLEASE DON'T MAKE US TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED.  —  “Get it first, but first get it second.”  The old Newsweek rule!  I hope that's the rule the MSM is following.  If so, here's an MSM mention!  And here.  Business Week is what, chopped liver?
Ross Douthat:
Obama In Berlin  —  Yes, of course the Hitler comparisons are absurd, but I'd really like to know which genius on the Obama campaign thought it would be a good idea to have their candidate conduct a major campaign rally in Europe with three months to go till the election and their candidate …
Nathan Gardels / The Huffington Post:
Abizaid: Iran Is Not a Suicide State; Deterrence Will Work.  The Iraqis Have Moved Beyond the US Political Debate  —  Monday evening at a meeting of the Pacific Council, retired General John Abizaid, the former commander of the US Central Command for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003-2007 …
Discussion: Think Progress
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Hey, Barack Obama Exists After All  —  The latest news from the Obama Conspiracyverse is the first third-party proof of Obama's birth in Hawaii.  It's a birth announcement from a 1961 issue of the Honolulu Advertiser that was dug up, ironically enough, by Lori Starfelt, who's working on an anti-Obama documentary for pro-Clinton PUMAs.
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberal Values
TexasDarlin:   Obama was likely born in Hawaii — does that mean he's Eligible?
Obama politically and physically fit: Merkel  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an admirer of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama — even though she has not yet met him in person.  —  Asked at a news conference on Wednesday what she thought of Obama, Merkel responded …
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
David Gregory: NBC's Lame-Duck?  —  On the morning of Sunday, July 20, NBC News paterfamilias Tom Brokaw was wrapping up Meet the Press, where he has been anchor since the sudden and untimely death of Tim Russert.  —  The weekly round table had ended, and it was time to say goodbye to his guests …
Discussion: Gothamist, Gawker and Wonkette
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Newt on Veep: No more boring white guys  —  My colleague Ken Vogel has Newt's advice on who McCain should not pick as veep:
Discussion: The Fix, MSNBC and Outside The Beltway
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Florida Presidential Election  —  Florida: Obama Ahead by One  —  Barack Obama has caught up to John McCain in Florida.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds Obama with a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over his rival, 46% to 45%.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DeLay's lawyer rules out seeking pardon from Bush
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Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Iraq Veteran Takes On McCain In New Ad
Discussion: TalkLeft and Salon
House weighs overturning 'don't ask, don't tell'
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Discussion: Think Progress and The Seminal
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
On Progressive Path, Jeff Merkley Questions Even Obama
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Somewhat Embarrassing Spectacle
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove Issues New Denials in Gov. Siegelman Prosecution …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matthew Yglesias:
Air Travel Class War
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pam Zekman / WBBM-TV:
Fliers Complain About X-Rated Security Screenings
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