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4:45 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  —  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
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Robert Novak Has Brain Tumor
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Right Wing Blogosphere Completely Ignores Domestic Terrorism In Knoxville  —  digg it  —  As Dave notes below, some wingnut crazy shot up a Unitarian church in Tennessee, killing 2 and wounding 7.  His hatred of liberals and gays was the motive.  —  What's notable about this is the complete radio silence on the right.
Discussion: Facing South
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.
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 …
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.
Krooney / TIME.com:   Gallup-ing Shocker!!
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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 Sideshow, The RBC and Emptywheel
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Veepstakes: Divining Obama's Thinking
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Where's the Bounce?
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Open Left
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CNN:
Female suicide bombers target pilgrims, rally  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Four female suicide bombers and a gunman killed at least 70 people and wounded almost 300 others during a string of attacks in central Baghdad and Kirkuk on Monday, officials said.  —  In Baghdad, three suicide bombers detonated …
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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 and Hot Air
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MOVEON UP WITH NEW PRO-OBAMA AD
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and Wake up America
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Associated Press:   Oops! Wrong Larry shown on Idaho campaign buttons
Matt / Think Progress:
Does McCain Speak For McCain On Affirmative Action?  —  In an interview on ABC News's This Week yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced his support for a ballot initiative in Arizona that seeks to amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action.  “I support it, yes,” said McCain when asked by host George Stephanopoulos.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Obama, McCain and Preferences
Discussion: Commentary
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” …
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Headed for ‘Heightened Alert’ Stage  —  Exclusive: Major Events on the Horizon Prompt a Surge in Anti-Terror Efforts  —  Government officials have been quietly stepping up counterterror efforts out of a growing concern that al Qaeda or similar organizations might try to capitalize …
 
 
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