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4:20 PM ET, July 29, 2008


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Erika Bolstad / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens indicted by federal grand jury  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate and one of the chamber's most powerful members, was indicted Tuesday in Washington, a result of a year-long investigation into corruption in Alaska politics.
Justice Department indicts Sen. Ted Stevens  —  The long-serving Alaska senator is up for re-election this year  —  Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, walks through the U.S. Capitol after a vote on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  —  Sen. Stevens indicted
New York Times:
Alaska Senator Is Indicted on Corruption Charges  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican senator in United States history and a figure of great influence in Washington as well as in his home state, has been indicted on federal corruption charges.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
BREAKING: Ted Stevens Indicted
Discussion: The Corner and The American Mind
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama the Unknown  —  “Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat.  He paused and then said that he admired Obama's speech to the Democratic convention in 2004.  I agreed.  It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What Has Barack Ever Done?  Matt Yglesias Makes It Look Easy!  —  WaPo columnist Richard Cohen wonders what Obama has ever done.  Matt Yglesias has an easy answer - he has put up lots of cool proposals and position papers at this website!  —  Wow, real position papers - that is almost like accomplishing something.
Discussion: Soccer Dad
Matthew Yglesias:   The Unknown Obama  —  One pundit who I guess we can be sure …
Earthquake rocks Los Angeles  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — A magnitude-5.8 earthquake has struck just east of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  —  The quake's epicenter was about 2 miles southwest of Chino Hills and about 5 miles southeast of Diamond Bar, the USGS said.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Things I learned today about democracy  —  Here's what I learned today about democracy and ideology as a result of my debate with Ed Kilgore and having read the comments to the piece I wrote about targeting Blue Dogs:  — If you believe in the Fourth Amendment, an end to the Iraq War …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Let's give “Blue Dogs” the boot  —  Pushing conservative Democrats out of Congress could help the party stand up to the GOP.  —  In American politics, exceedingly few positions generate overwhelming agreement across the ideological spectrum.  Even propositions that ought to be uncontroversial …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Pelosi: 'I'm trying to save the planet'  —  Just call her Nancy the Navigator.  —  “I have always loved longitude,” Nancy Pelosi says before breaking into laughter.  “I love latitude; it's in the stars.  But longitude, it's about time. ...  Time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.”
Wall Street Journal:   Fannie Mae's Political Immunity
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP ready to link Obama to Reid, Pelosi
Marc Ambinder:
It's The Aseity  —  Our modern metaphor for Republicans who wear their frustrations on their sleeve is Bob Dole, as Jonathan Martin points out.  Just what about John McCain's past two weeks are so irksome to the political class? … To be fair, McCain's campaign tried this …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huck compares McCain to Dole
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Assessing the Impact of Obama's Trip  —  Americans, especially Republicans, critical of media's coverage of candidates  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Could John McCain benefit from Barack Obama's much-publicized foreign trip?  Several observations from the just-completed USA Today/Gallup poll suggest that this is a possibility.
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 41%
Marc Ambinder:
Discussion: An Elite Backlash Against McCain's Tone? … A question from “Scott” in New York is just the start of it.  USA Today calls a new McCain ad “a marker on the path toward the kind of simplistic, counterproductive demonizing that many expect will poison the fall campaign.”
USA Today:   Our view on campaign fairness: McCain attack ad cheapens campaign.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Few Thoughts  —  I'm just back from a week's vacation.  A few thoughts by way of catching up:  —The best thing about Obama's Europe trip was the images, and that's because Obama is a politician of physical genius.  He looks great, moves with grace, and holds himself with a natural authority.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
CAMPAIGN WATCHING....National Review editor Rich Lowry comments …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Did Obama Say During the Debate Over the Surge That “There's No Doubt that Additional U.S. Troops Could Temporarily Quell the Violence?”  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on January 10 2007 predicted (watch HERE) that the surge of troops in Iraq would fail.
Discussion: WQAD-TV, Hot Air and JustOneMinute
Marc Ambinder:
Sebelius, Kaine, Bayh, Biden  —  The following three Democrats are being vetted by Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy and there is independent evidence that Obama is taking a serious look at them:  —  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. Evan Bayh.  —  Additionally, allies …
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Toby Keith's Pro-Lynching Publicity Tour Hits Colbert, CBS, And More!  —  Despite his background as a comedian, Stephen Colbert is known by many of the authors who have appeared on his show as one of the toughest interviewers in the business.  But on July 28, when country music superstar Toby Keith stepped …
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obamanomics Is a Recipe for Recession  —  What if I told you that a prominent global political figure in recent months has proposed: abrogating key features of his government's contracts with energy companies; unilaterally renegotiating his country's international economic treaties …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
What Do Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity And Michael Savage Have In Common?  —  digg it  —  Jim David Adkisson, the right wing terrrorist whose rampage left 2 dead and 7 wounded Knoxville, was a fan of all three.  —  The vitriol these three have hurled at progressives over the years is sickening.
Emily Bazar / USA Today:   Shooting suspect hated liberals
Ali / Think Progress:
White House press corps hasn't asked Perino about DOJ politicization.  —  Desipite yesterday's explosive report confirming that top Justice Department officials, including Monica Goodling and Kyle Sampson, had violated federal law, the White House press corps has not asked White House press …
Discussion: White House
The Raw Story:
Turley: ‘Pathetic’ if Monica Goodling takes fall for Bush officials
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CBS News:
Officials: Al Qaeda's Mad Scientist Killed  —  CIA Drone Targeted Chemical Weapons Expert Abu Khabab Al-Masri On Afghanistan-Pakistan Border  —  (CBS) Written for by Farhan Bokhari, reporting from Islamabad.  —  One of al Qaeda's top chemical and biological weapons experts …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Former N.B.A. Referee Is Sentenced
Discussion: Cogitamus
Globe and Mail:
Huge chunk snaps off storied Arctic ice shelf
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
John Edwards Among the Wikipedians
Ali / Think Progress:
Rampant politicization of the Justice Department gets total silence from Fox News.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Stone's Bush Biopic Trailer Surfaces
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Members bolting for K Street paychecks
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
McCain backs off his no-new-tax pledge
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Washington Wire:
John Bolton Questions McCain's Foreign Policy Proposals
Discussion: Think Progress
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama ‘Months Ahead’ Of Gore/Kerry In Organizing Florida
Sridhar Pappu / The Washington Independent:
Maverick McCain Turns Mean
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
‘Active grannies’ the new soccer moms
Matthew Yglesias:
Low Standards  —  I see Eric Alterman paid closer attention …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
McCain defends his tech smarts in S.F.
Wall Street Journal:
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