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4:15 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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Human Events:
Robert Novak Hospitalized  —  Robert Novak was admitted yesterday to a Boston hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  In a written statement given to his publisher, Novak said:  —  “On Sunday, July 27, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I have been admitted to Brigham …
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Maureen O'Donnell / Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak says he has brain tumor  —  Biopsy set for later today  —  Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak said today he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor but says that, “God willing,” he plans to be back at work soon.  —  Novak said he was diagnosed Sunday …
Associated Press:
Columnist Robert Novak has brain tumor  —  BOSTON - Syndicated columnist and former “Crossfire” host Robert Novak has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is suspending his journalistic work.  —  Novak issued a statement Monday saying the tumor was found Sunday after he had been rushed …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Salon
Frank James / The Swamp:   Robert Novak has brain tumor
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Right Wing Blogosphere Completely Ignores Domestic Terrorism In Knoxville  —  digg it  —  As Dave notes below, some wingnut crazy shot up a Unitarian church in Tennessee, killing 2 and wounding 7.  His hatred of liberals and gays was the motive.  —  What's notable about this is the complete radio silence on the right.
Discussion: Facing South
Associated Press:
Police: Killer targeted liberal church  —  2 people killed, seven hurt, after man opens fire in Tennessee church  —  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The man accused of shooting dead two people and wounding seven others at a church apparently selected the congregation because of its liberal social stance, the city's police chief said Monday.
J.J. Stambaugh / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Neighbors: Accused shooter everyone's friend, questioned Christianity  —  The man accused of a mass church shooting this morning was described by his Powell neighbors as a helpful and kind man, but one who had issues with Christianity.  —  Jim D. Adkisson, 58, has been charged …
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Ali / Think Progress:
Goodling Passed Over Experienced Counterterrorism Prosecutor Because Wife Was A Democrat  —  In today's Justice Department report on Monica Goodling's and other DOJ officials' politicization of the department, the investigators reveal that Goodling's political considerations were …
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
Inspector General Releases Report on Monica Goodling Hirings
Discussion: The Sideshow, The RBC and Emptywheel
William Kristol / New York Times:
Be Afraid.  Please.  —  Life is full of disappointments.  —  Early Friday, I went to the Real Clear Politics Web site, as I do every morning, for my fix of political news and commentary.  I perked up when I saw the third entry on the list of that day's notable articles — “No. 44 Has Spoken.”
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, McCain 40%  —  No further gains for Obama in latest update  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has settled back slightly to a 48% to 40% margin among registered voters in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted July 25-27.
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USA Today:
Gains for McCain in latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among “likely” voters a month ago to a 4-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama among that group in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup/USA Today Poll: McCain +4
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
James Gordon Meek / NY Daily News:
Go take a hike, injured vets tell nervy Cheney  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President Cheney's invitation to address wounded combat veterans next month has been yanked because the group felt his security demands were Draconian and unreasonable.  —  The veep had planned to speak to the Disabled American Veterans …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ANALYZE THIS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Analyze this: We've now crossed the 100-day mark before Election Day, and the chattering class is going to obsessed with two things this week: 1) over-analyzing the veepstakes and 2) over-analyzing any overseas bounce for Obama.
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Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
The Streisand interview  —  “She sometimes answers questions by e-mail,” said one of Barbra Streisand's trusted confidants, when asked if the star would consent to an interview with Politico.  Streisand, who occasionally posts political statements on her own website, rarely does print Q …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes: Divining Obama's Thinking
Marc Ambinder:
Double Entendre Kisses Off MoveOn's Youth Moblization Effort  —  MoveOn.Org claims this is the first political ad to air on Comedy Central:  —  “I've been living with it for a while now.”  —  No, not the syph.  —  It's “hope.”  The guy on the right is Rider Strong from “Boy Meets World.”
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MOVEON UP WITH NEW PRO-OBAMA AD
James Gerber / Political Radar:
McCain Has Mole-Like Skin Removed  —  ABC News' Bret Hovell reports: John McCain had a small piece of mole-like skin removed from his right temple this morning at a regularly scheduled dermatological checkup in Phoenix.  —  “It was just a precautionary measure,” a campaign aide …
Discussion: The Jed Report and TIME.com
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Reuters:   McCain has spot removed from his face: aide
Bonnie Fuller / AdAge:
Bonnie Fuller on Team Obama's Tabloid Strategy  —  Portraying Barack and Michelle as Brangelina Is Working  —  It's official.  The Obamas are just like us.  With their latest PR move — being photographed as a family for this week's People magazine cover story titled “The Obamas At Home” …
Lee Smith / Slate:
KENNETH POLLACK'S GRAND STRATEGY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST.  —  In recent years, former CIA analyst and Clinton-administration National Security Council staffer Kenneth Pollack has found himself so close to Bush administration Middle East policies—like regime change in Iraq and Gen. David Petraeus' surge strategy …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Headed for ‘Heightened Alert’ Stage  —  Exclusive: Major Events on the Horizon Prompt a Surge in Anti-Terror Efforts  —  Government officials have been quietly stepping up counterterror efforts out of a growing concern that al Qaeda or similar organizations might try to capitalize …
 
 
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Amy Sullivan / USA Today:
Why Obama seized the faith-based mantle
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
McCain: The Iraq Invasion = A Matter For Historians; The Surge …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Washington Post editorial page's latest rule of law sermon
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Military Says Soldiers Fired on Civilians
Matthew Yglesias:
Shame Economics  —  Many analysts believe that the incidence …
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Two former Bush Advisers Now Advising Obama, Will Appear at Economic Meeting Today
New York Times:
Bomb Attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk Leave Dozens Dead
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOO HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND.
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Romney's Effect On the Map
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Try to Break Grip of the Senate's Dr. No
Christopher Conkey / Wall Street Journal:
Funds for Highways Plummet As Drivers Cut Gasoline Use
Washington Post:
For Obama, Hurdles in Expanding Black Vote
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air and The Caucus
Wall Street Journal:
Docking Paychecks for Politics