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5:55 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
Matthew Yglesias:
Robert Novak, Sociopath
Discussion: Macsmind 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.
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Jindal: I will not be VP  —  (CNN) — Has Bobby Jindal ruled out being John McCain's running mate?  —  One day after it was revealed the presumptive Republican presidential candidate was slated to hold a closed-door meeting with the 37-year old governor, Jindal told Fox News …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Jindal Campaigning for Veep?
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: Boston Globe and
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New RNC Ad Blasts Obama For Not Funding Troops
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Spin Cycle
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.”
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
When No News Is Good News  —  The McCain campaign might …
Matthew Yglesias:
Gotta Get Away From Me  —  Ben Smith notes that with McCain's …
Discussion: Political Machine
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not lost in translation  —  One more piece of evidence (not that we need one, the tape having surfaced) that Maliki praised Obama's plan, and one more item making his claim of a “mistranslation” — and CENTCOM's distribution of that claim — all the more incomprehensible:
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 …
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
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.
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
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