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4:50 PM ET, July 23, 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 …
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.”
Novak: All Things Considered, I Screwed Up  —  TMZ just spoke with Robert Novak, and one thing is clear: National Public Radio can be hazardous to pedestrians, especially the one he mowed down in D.C. this morning.  —  Novak tells us he was listening to NPR in his Corvette when suddenly, “Some guy came up and hit my car with his fist.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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 …
Discussion: and Boston Globe
Mark Preston / CNN:
McCain message to hit Berlin Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Barack Obama is not the only presidential candidate who will be front-and-center in Berlin this Thursday.  Well, sort of.  —  In the latest effort to counter-program Obama's tour of Europe and the Middle East …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New RNC Ad Blasts Obama For Not Funding Troops
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Spin Cycle
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
When No News Is Good News  —  The McCain campaign might …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Maybe Pundits Need to Spend More, Not Less, Time Following the Polls
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
More McCain complaints about media
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
The Times-Picayune / Associated Press:
McCain to arrive in New Orleans tonight
Discussion: First Draft
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
All Hail ‘McBama’  —  John McCain needs to wake up and smell the Arabic coffee.  —  I know this is not an easy time for him.  When you have been beaten up for four years because of your support for the Iraq war, and then you get something big right — your support for the surge — you want to be able to savor that for a while.
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:   Power Of ‘MYBO’: Obama's Web Site Surmounts News
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: Outside The Beltway
Fox News:
Jindal Says He's Not Interested in No. 2 Spot With McCain  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the Republican ticket, adding himself to a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.  —  Jindal's comments come as speculation …
Marc Ambinder:
Tales From The JV Squad: No Press Avail  —  WILKES-BARRE, PA — The one scheduled McCain press conference of the week has just been canceled, we are told.  No word as to why.  Grumble, grumble.  —  Why?  Scheduling.  Which is like answering “food” to “what did you eat for breakfast.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain cancels avail
Matthew Yglesias:
Gotta Get Away From Me  —  Ben Smith notes that with McCain's …
Discussion: Political Machine
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama Ignorance Watch (A Very Special Edition!)  —  As you know, Barack Obama is still trotting across the globe, sinking three pointers, ignoring military counsel and healing the occasional leper.  Amidst all the hullabaloo, these Obama comments regarding Israel and terrorism have been sadly overlooked:
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Byron York / The Corner:   So Presidential.  So Supremely Confident. …
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: Salon
Pam Zekman / WBBM-TV:
Fliers Complain About X-Rated Security Screenings  —  TSA Agents Forced Woman To Remove Nipple Rings, Pulled Pants Off Disabled Man  —  When travelers go to the airport, they know what kind of security to expect: luggage searches, metal detectors and shoe inspections.
Discussion: The Daou Report and
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.
Miya Shay / Houston Political Blog:
What did Bush say at Olson Fundraiser?  —  The President's folks didn't let the press in, but we got some exclusive video of POTUS talking up a storm at Pete Olson's fundraiser on July 18th.  Click and take a look. transcript below the link.  —  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO
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%.
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.
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Somewhat Embarrassing Spectacle
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Washington Wire:
New Christian PAC Supports Obama
Abu Aardvark:
keep an eye on those kurds
Associated Press:
29 Miles of Mississippi River Closed After Collision
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove Issues New Denials in Gov. Siegelman Prosecution …
Tim Shorrock / Salon:
Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
U.S. Judge Upholds Secrecy of Rosenberg Testimony
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Matthew Yglesias:
Air Travel Class War
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brent Budowsky / The Hill's Pundits Blog:
McCain Slanders Obama, Scarborough Slanders Olbermann
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
Romney: A Mistake for McCain
Marc Ambinder:
Demigod Watch
Will Lester / Associated Press:
Obama daughters keep hectic schedules of their own
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Message Gets Makeover
Mark Halperin /
HALPERIN'S TAKE: What John McCain Needs to Win
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama Campaign Prints German-language Flyers for Berlin Rally