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12:35 AM ET, July 29, 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Kaine in ‘Serious’ Talks With Obama  —  Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates that he has had “very serious” conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.
Discussion: Right Pundits and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes: Divining Obama's Thinking
Discussion: and NO QUARTER
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.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices  —  For nearly two years, a young political aide sought to cultivate a “farm system” for Republicans at the Justice Department, hiring scores of prosecutors and immigration judges who espoused conservative priorities and Christian lifestyle choices.
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:   Somehow, the Bush Administration Sinks Even Lower
The New Republic:
Is Anything Sacred?  —  Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv was lambasted for printing the note that Obama placed in the Western Wall, allegedly stolen by a Yeshiva student.  “Notes which are placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker; Heaven forbid that one should read them or use them in any way …
Israel Insider:
Paper, rapped for outing Obama note, claims campaign pre-approved leak  —  What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign.  Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, The Politico and Hot Air
JTA / Jerusalem Post:   Yeshiva student returns Obama's Kotel note
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 …
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 …
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
Columnist Robert Novak diagnosed with brain tumor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Columnist Robert Novak has brain tumor
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.
Transcript: ‘Response ... will be a positive one’  —  Ahmadinejad welcomes ‘new behavior’ from United States, if sincere … WILLIAMS: Mr. President, I know you wanted to begin with a statement.  —  AHMADINEJAD: In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful, a prayer for the emergence of the 12th imam.
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: CNN and Eunomia
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Futile Chase For “Values” Voters  —  Amy Sullivan is at it again, urging, and in this case, cheering on, Obama's “reachout” to “values” voters.  She thinks Obama has hit a home run.  Strangely enough, an American Spectator writer agrees with her.  But the funny thing is the data …
Amy Sullivan / USA Today:   Why Obama seized the faith-based mantle
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
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Wall Street Journal:
The Greatest Scandal  —  The profound failure of inner-city …
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
O'Reilly calls McClellan a “liar”
Discussion: Think Progress and Gawker
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Coburn gets best of Reid on ‘omnibus’ package
Little Green Footballs:
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Marc Ambinder:
Double Entendre Kisses Off MoveOn's Youth Moblization Effort
Discussion: Hot Air
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U.S. Headed for ‘Heightened Alert’ Stage
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Los Angeles ethics agency fines former CBS CEO Les Moonves $15K for misconduct in obtaining confidential police info about a sexual assault claim against him

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