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6:55 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.
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: puma pac and Connecting.the.Dots
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup/USA Today Poll: McCain +4  —  This one should set the tongues wagging: … This is the first poll showing McCain with a lead over Obama since a May 1-3 Gallup/USA Today survey showed him with a slim 1 point lead.  A Fox News poll at the end of April had McCain up 3.
Krooney / TIME.com:   Gallup-ing Shocker!!
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 …
Hayes Hickman / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity on accused shooter's reading list  —  4-page letter outlines frustration, hatred of ‘liberal movement’  —  Please download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, or enable JavaScript for your browser to view the video player.
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Confederate Yankee:
Small Miracles  —  There was a shooting at the Tennessee Valley …
Discussion: Reuters
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
In Tennessee, Eliminationism Is No Longer ‘Just A Joke’
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Officials Repeatedly Broke Law on Hiring, Report Says  —  Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors …
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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 …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Goodling Rejected ‘Outstanding’ …
The Politico:
Kaine ‘very, very high’ on VP shortlist  —  As Senator Barack Obama turns to the choice of his running mate, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has emerged as one of the campaign's potential finalists, sources familiar with conversations in Richmond and in Chicago said.
Discussion: MSNBC, Hot Air and TIME.com
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes: Divining Obama's Thinking
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Staunch Hillary Clinton delegate axed by Wisconsin party
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
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MOVEON UP WITH NEW PRO-OBAMA AD
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Hope, it could happen to you:’ (on MTV)
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   New MoveOn ad: This is your brain on Hope
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 …
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.”
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
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
McCain has spot removed, awaits biopsy  —  Sen. John McCain, who survived melanoma three times after suffering sun damage from his years as a Vietnam POW, said he had a spot of skin removed from his right cheek today.  Doctors will perform a biopsy of the spot, AP reports.
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Reuters:   McCain has spot removed from his face: aide
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 …
American Prospect:
How Important Was the Surge?  —  Ten Iraq experts weigh in on the effectiveness of the surge.  —  The past few weeks have been momentous for the national conversation about Iraq.  Nouri al-Maliki's explicitly stated insistence on a timetable for American withdrawal was transformative.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, CNN and JustOneMinute
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” …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Change Obama can't believe in; he's on a ticket with Larry Craig  —  Here's how Republican Idaho is:  —  In 1992, Bill Clinton came within 1 percentage point of finishing third there in the general election behind President George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot.
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Associated Press:
Oops! Wrong Larry shown on Idaho campaign buttons
Discussion: Politics Nation
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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