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Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Edwards: The Agony of the MSM  —  PLEASE DON'T MAKE US TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED.  —  “At least 10 Eyewitnesses”: Death By 1000 Papercuts interviews David Perel, editor of the National Enquirer, about the Edwards/Rielle Hunter scoop (excerpt): … There were seven reporters on the story, according to Perel.
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS LOVE CHILD  —  UPDATE: The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is revealing new details about the political scoop we broke yesterday - the secret meeting between Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.  —  A team of ENQUIRER reporters caught the married ex-senator visiting …
CNN:
McCain broadens definition of surge  —  From CNN's Alexander Marquardt, CNN's Tasha Diakides  —  BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain defended comments he made in an interview on Tuesday when he incorrectly argued that the surge in Iraq gave way to the so-called “Anbar Awakening” …
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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: Obsidian Wings, A Newt One and Macsmind
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Candidates Spar Over Troop Surge and Iraq Chronology
Discussion: Informed Comment
The Trail:
McCain's Interview on CBS
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TVNewser
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Wesley Clark Flubs Surge Facts
Discussion: Hot Air
WJLA-TV:
Source: Novak's Victim Worse Than First Thought  —  The pedestrian who was struck by prominent Washington columnist and commentator Robert Novak is in worse shape than first thought, a hospital source tells ABC 7 News.  —  The victim, a 66-year-old man, appeared somewhat incoherent, said the source who had seen the victim.
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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Novak Cited for Hitting Pedestrian
Discussion: Wonkette
Wall Street Journal:
Voter Unease With Obama Lingers Despite His Lead  —  Poll Finds Background, Experience Are Advantages for McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Midway through the election year, the presidential campaign looks less like a race between two candidates than a referendum on one of them — Sen. Barack Obama.
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Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama Maintains Lead Over McCain
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Huge Housing Bill Set to Become Law  —  The House yesterday easily approved legislation that seeks to slow the steepest slide in house prices in a generation, rescue hundreds of thousands of homeowners at risk of foreclosure and reassure global markets that mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not be allowed to fail.
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Gerald P. O'Driscoll Jr / New York Post:   TREASURY'S THIEVES  —  BAILOUT PICKS YOUR POCKET
Megan McArdle:
Neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring
Discussion: EconLog, QandO and Pajamas Media
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Olympic Deal Sealed: Obama Makes $5 Million Buy  —  Candidate's Package Includes National Network, Cable  —  WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — 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 …
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Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Obama Bets $5 Million on Olympic Viewers
Discussion: TIME.com
James Hider / Times of London:
Barack Obama heckled as he visits Western Wall  —  Read Barack Obama's comments in the Yad Vashem visitors' book  —  Barack Obama completed his trip to the Middle East with a pre-dawn visit to the holiest place in Judaism where he received a mixed reaction from Orthodox Jews.
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Kevin Yamamura / Sacramento Bee:
Schwarzenegger plans to cut state worker pay to cope with late budget  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intends to cut pay for more than 200,000 state workers to save money during the budget standoff, according to a draft copy of the order obtained by The Bee.  —  Brian Baer / bbaer@sacbee.com
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Julia Rosen / Calitics:   Arnold Slashing Pay for 200k State Workers to Federal Minimum Wage
US News:
Ohio -2  —  Pennsylvania -1 South Carolina +1  —  Texas +4  —  Utah +1  —  TOTAL +8 TOTAL -8  —  Which is to say that, under the new electoral vote distribution, Bush's 286-to-252 electoral vote margin in 2004 becomes 294-to-244.  Bush would have lost in 2004 if Ohio had not gone his way …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:   Demographic Trends Favor Republicans
William Tate / IBDeditorials.com:
Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1  —  The New York Times' refusal to publish John McCain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias this journalist has ever seen.  But true proof of widespread media bias requires …
Discussion: TBogg and Power Line
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
McCain denies he misstated timing of Iraq surge  —  BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Republican John McCain pushed back on Wednesday against Democratic criticism that he misstated when the troop buildup ordered by President Bush began, saying elements were put in place before Bush announced the strategy in early 2007.
Associated Press:
Obama and German leader discuss war and economics  —  BERLIN - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as climate and energy issues at Germany's chancellery Thursday, part of a tour aimed at lifting …
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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Against Drilling  —  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other liberal leaders on Capitol Hill are gripped by cold-sweat terror.  If they permit a vote on offshore drilling, they know they will lose when Blue Dogs and oil-patch Democrats defect to the GOP position of increasing domestic energy production.
Discussion: The Corner
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP losing the new-media war  —  Republicans have no lack of would-be George F. Wills.  —  But what they really need are some more Robert D. Novaks.  —  The distinction between the two prominent conservative journalists isn't always obvious, but it's nevertheless important to understand …
 
 
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