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2:10 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
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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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 …
The Politico:
McCain takes aim at Obama's character
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Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:
Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views
Discussion: CBS News and Sweetness & Light
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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Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Bush Justice officials broke law: DOJ IG
Ali / Think Progress:
Goodling Passed Over Experienced Counterterrorism Prosecutor …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:   Gonzales Aides Broke Laws in Hiring, Report Concludes
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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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.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Try to Break Grip of the Senate's Dr. No  —  WASHINGTON — Congress has dealt for decades with catchall bills known as omnibus legislation.  Now, for the first time, comes the Tomnibus.  —  A product of Democratic frustration with the tactics of Senator Tom Coburn …
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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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Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Chances Dim for Clinton as Obama V.P.
Discussion: Wonkette, MSNBC and RealClearPolitics
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Washington Post editorial page's latest rule of law sermon  —  (updated below)  —  Jackson Diehl, Deputy Editor of the The Washington Post's Editorial Page, has an Op-Ed today that contains a stirring defense today of “the rule of law.”  Diehl righteously complains the …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:   In Russia, ‘Legal Nihilism’ as Usual
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” …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and marbury
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
PASSING THROUGH BERLIN
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
McCain: The Iraq Invasion = A Matter For Historians; The Surge …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
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Gregory Scoblete / Real Clear Politics:
Will Obama Really Withdraw from Iraq?
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John Boehner / Real Clear Politics:
A Defining Week for Congress
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EurActiv.com:
Poll reveals Irish animosity towards referendum rerun
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Preview of Stone's Bush bio online
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Military Says Soldiers Fired on Civilians
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Matthew Yglesias:
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City Journal:
Economics Does Not Lie
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
TOO HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND.
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Romney's Effect On the Map
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Another Temporary Fix
Jimmy Vielkind / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo to Obama: Be specific