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5:50 PM ET, July 28, 2008

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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.
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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.
Krooney / TIME.com:   Gallup-ing Shocker!!
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup/USA Today Poll: McCain +4
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 …
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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 …
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
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Robert Novak Has Brain Tumor
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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.
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
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
In Tennessee, Eliminationism Is No Longer ‘Just A Joke’
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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 RBC, The Sideshow and Emptywheel
Terry Frieden / CNN:
Watchdog: Gonzales aides politicized hirings
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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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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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Where's the Bounce?  —  WASHINGTON — It is a question that has hovered over Senator Barack Obama even as he has passed milestone after milestone in his race for the White House: Why is he not doing better?  —  It shadowed him as he struggled against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Roger Runningen / Bloomberg:
U.S. Deficit to Reach Record $490 Billion in 2009  —  The U.S. budget deficit will widen to a record of about $490 billion next year, an administration official said, leaving a deep budget hole that will constrain the next president's tax and spending plans.
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New York Times:
A Deficit Forecast of $482 Billion, a Record
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:   White House projects record '09 deficit
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 …
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: Hot Air and protein wisdom
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MOVEON UP WITH NEW PRO-OBAMA AD
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
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Gregory Scoblete / Real Clear Politics:
Will Obama Really Withdraw from Iraq?
Jerusalem Post:
Attorney: Probe Israeli paper for printing Obama note  —  Attorney Shahar Alon petitioned Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz on Sunday to order police to open a criminal investigation against the editor of Ma'ariv and other correspondents from the newspaper following its publication …
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JTA / Jerusalem Post:
Yeshiva student returns Obama's Kotel note
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
A NOTE ABOUT THE OBAMA STAFFING TODAY  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  Obama departed Reagan-National Airport in DC 10 minutes ago en route to his economic event.  —  It's worth noting that campaign manager David Plouffe is traveling with the candidate today (which I understand has happened …
Discussion: TIME.com and Taegan Goddard's …
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” …
New York Times:
Bomb Attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk Leave Dozens Dead  —  BAGHDAD — Female bombers struck Kurdish political protesters in Kirkuk and Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad on Monday morning, leaving at least 48 people dead and 249 wounded in one of the bloodiest sequences of attacks in Iraq this year.
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Associated Press:
Oops!  Wrong Larry shown on Idaho campaign buttons  —  LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Some Democratic campaign buttons made for distribution in Idaho show an unlikely pair: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Larry Craig.  —  But don't expect the staunch Republican …
Discussion: Politics Nation
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Change Obama can't believe in; he's on a ticket with Larry Craig
Discussion: The Swamp and Wake up America
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Washington Post editorial page's latest rule of law sermon
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Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Headed for ‘Heightened Alert’ Stage
Matthew Yglesias:
Shame Economics  —  Many analysts believe that the incidence …
City Journal:
Economics Does Not Lie
Discussion: Economist's View
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOO HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Wall Street Journal:
Docking Paychecks for Politics