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6:00 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.
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.”
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.
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
Krooney / TIME.com:
Gallup-ing Shocker!!  —  It is just one poll, folks, but the latest USA Today/Gallup survey suggests McCain jumped 10 points since last month.  —  McCain 49, Obama 45 … Read more here.  —  This is NOT the Gallup tracking poll that was Drudged all around showing Obama up 9.
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
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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
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
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
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
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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 …
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
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
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” …
Reuters:
McCain has spot removed from his face: aide  —  BAKERSFIELD, California (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who has suffered from skin cancer in the past, had a spot removed from his face on Monday during a routine checkup by a doctor in Phoenix, an aide said.
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James Gerber / Political Radar:
McCain Warns of Sun Dangers After Dermatological Checkup
Discussion: The Jed Report
 
 
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