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11:30 AM ET, July 28, 2008


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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.”
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
McCain Says Obama Plays Politics on Iraq  —  Some Fellow Republicans Question Tactics  —  In his most direct challenge yet of his Democratic presidential rival's Iraq policy, Sen. John McCain suggested yesterday that Sen. Barack Obama had crafted a war strategy designed to further his own political advancement.
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.
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
Two former Bush Advisers Now Advising Obama, Will Appear at Economic Meeting Today  —  ABC News has learned that two former administration officials for President George W. Bush will appear with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, at an economic meeting today, having signed up to be Obama economic advisers.
Michelle Malkin:
McCain finally endorses campaign to end racial preferences...or does he?  —  Over the past year, I've blogged repeatedly about true maverick and civil rights pioneer Ward Connerly's Super Tuesday for Equality campaign to end discriminatory government race/gender preferences across the country …
Roger Clegg / The Corner:
McCain Does the Right Thing on Racial Preferences
Washington Post / The Trail:
McCain Supports Ariz. Proposal to Ban Affirmative Action
Discussion: The Other McCain
Associated Press:
McCain backs ban on affirmative action in Arizona
Washington Post:
For Obama, Hurdles in Expanding Black Vote  —  MACON, Ga. — Amanda Bass, a volunteer for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, had already tried once to get Wilmer Gray to register to vote.  But when she glimpsed him in a black T-shirt and White Sox cap again on a recent weekday …
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Christopher Conkey / Wall Street Journal:
Funds for Highways Plummet As Drivers Cut Gasoline Use  —  An unprecedented cutback in driving is slashing the funds available to rebuild the nation's aging highway system and expand mass-transit options, underscoring the economic impact of high gasoline prices.
Robert D. Novak / Washington Post:
Closer Than He Should Be  —  In the contest for president, Barack Obama is a magnetic candidate supported by a disciplined, well-organized campaign.  John McCain seems wooden, with a campaign that appears to be in shambles.  Yet Obama's lead in the polls over McCain is fragile because he so far …
Discussion: Commentary and Political Machine
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate's ‘Dr. No’ Spurs Showdown Over Spending  —  Instead of a keepsake photo of a political hero or his family, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has a large framed picture next to his desk that serves as a constant reminder of his political ideology.  Inside the black frame and matting is a single word, in large white letters: “No.”
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Try to Break Grip of the Senate's Dr. No
Discussion: The Caucus
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Petraeus won't join bandwagon for Iraq withdrawal timetable  —  BAGHDAD — The top U.S. military commander in Iraq isn't buying the increasingly popular idea of a publicly stated timetable for American troop withdrawal.  —  Gen. David Petraeus, the Iraq commander, said in an interview …
Wall Street Journal:
Docking Paychecks for Politics  —  The mighty Service Employees International Union (SEIU) plans to spend some $150 million in this year's election, most of it to get Barack Obama and other Democrats elected.  Where'd they get that much money?  —  That's a question the Departments of Labor …
Discussion: Hot Air, QandO and Betsy's Page
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOO HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND.  —  For reasons that I try not to speculate on before 9am, the media likes to make policy disputes sound incredibly complicated.  Much too complicated for mortals to understand, or base electoral behavior on.  Take this Time article on the various tax plans floating around the election.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, Time and Eschaton
Jimmy Vielkind / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo to Obama: Be specific  —  Former governor, at FBI fete, says he's unhappy with presidential race  —  COLONIE — Former Gov. Mario Cuomo expressed concern Friday night that Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is not offering specific policy positions.
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Record deficit expected in 2009
New York Times:
Bomb Attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk Leave Dozens Dead
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Chances Dim for Clinton as Obama V.P.
Discussion: MSNBC and RealClearPolitics
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Romney's Effect On the Map
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Battle for Michigan exposes divisions
Discussion: MSNBC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Another Temporary Fix
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
McCain has reason to smile as he visits state
 Earlier Items: 
Savage Loses Advertisers Over Autism Remarks
Discussion: Think Progress
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
The way forward for Fannie and Freddie
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Democratic convention brings challenges to Denver
Cindy McCain / Wall Street Journal:
Rwanda's Women Are Leading the Way
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama sees doctor for sore hip
Discussion: Swampland and
Washington Post:
U.S. Says Contractor Made Little Progress on Iraq Projects
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Worried Banks Sharply Reduce Business Loans