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9:35 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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Stevens fallout  —  The indictment of the senior senator from Alaska on corruption charges is yet another blow to the GOP brand.  —  But, as Jonathan Martin points out, it could be an opportunity for McCain: He and Stevens are old foes.
National Review:
From Bridge to Troubled Water  —  One of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens's most memorable moments of the last few years came during the Senate fight over the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.”  In 2005, when Sen. Tom Coburn introduced a measure that would have redirected the money Stevens had earmarked …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Statement from Alaska Senator Ted Stevens
Discussion: TPMMuckraker, MyDD and Balloon Juice
Ben / Jeff Merkley for Senate:   Merkley Calls on Smith to Return Cash from Indicted Senator Ted Stevens
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
As a Professor, Obama Enthralled Students and Puzzled Faculty  —  CHICAGO — The young law professor stood apart in too many ways to count.  At a school where economic analysis was all the rage, he taught rights, race and gender.  Other junior faculty dreamed of tenured positions; he turned them down.
Jodi Kantor / The Caucus:
Inside Professor Obama's Classroom  —  In the course of reporting an article on the 12 years that Barack Obama spent teaching law at the University of Chicago, we unearthed some of Mr. Obama's old class materials: the syllabus and assignments for his “Racism and the Law” seminar …
Discussion: Commentary
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Things I learned today about democracy  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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:
Discussion: The Reaction and Eunomia
Editormd / Politicker MD:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine cancels appearance at Baltimore fundraiser  —  By Politicker Staff  —  Category: President Tags: Tim Kaine Top Story: Breaking  —  Due to a “scheduling problem,” has learned that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will not attend tomorrow night's Unity '08 Fundraiser …
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, Hot Air and
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huck compares McCain to Dole  —  Mike Huckabee, speaking a bit more freely in his new capacity as a Fox News contributor, used a “Hannity & Colmes” appearance last night to offer a candid assessment of McCain's performance last week.  —  Huck used two words that dare not speak their name in McCainworld: “Dole” and “anger:”
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
One of Fournier's job options: McCain  —  Before Ron Fournier returned to The Associated Press in March 2007, the veteran political reporter had another professional suitor: John McCain's presidential campaign.  —  In October 2006, the McCain team approached Fournier about joining the fledgling operation …
Discussion: Rising Hegemon
Satyam / Think Progress:
McClellan Backs Down To O'Reilly: ‘I Messed Up,’ 'You're The Big Kahuna At Fox News'  —  Interviewed on MSNBC last week, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Fox News pundits and commentators “were useful to the White House,” stating that they were given “talking points” to repeat on air:
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.
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 …
MEDIA BASH BARACK (NOT A TYPO)  —  Study Finds Obama Faring Worse On TV News Than McCain  —  Barack Obama is getting more negative coverage than John McCain on TV network evening news shows, reversing Obama's lead in good press during the primaries, according to a new study by Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA).
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Take the Pledge: Hold the Media Accountable
John Tierney / New York Times:
10 Things to Scratch From Your Worry List  —  For most of the year, it is the duty of the press to scour the known universe looking for ways to ruin your day.  The more fear, guilt or angst a news story induces, the better.  But with August upon us, perhaps you're in the mood for a break …
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.
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Knoxville Tragedy Redeemed By Heroism  —  digg it  —  I don't tend to write about killing sprees, serial killers, snipers and whatnot.  Perhaps I'm a bit cold hearted, but I always figure that other than being spectacular, the emphasis on them misses the point - even as the Knoxville killings …
Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:   Man charged in Tenn. church shooting that killed 2
The New Republic:
Obama Vindicated  —  Yesterday, I posted an item about an accusation from Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv that the Obama campaign had leaked a copy of his Western Wall note to the foreign press (rather than Ma'ariv having bought it from some yeshiva kid who stole it out of the wall).
Discussion: Hot Air and Corrente
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Spokesman: John McCain Doesn't Know What He's Talking About On Social Security  —  On Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoilos asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about his plans to fix Social Security.  McCain said repeatedly that “everything has to be on the table” regarding possible reforms — including a payroll tax increase:
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's lead over John McCain, having reached a nine percentage point margin a few days ago, has been reduced for the second Gallup report in a row, and is now at a 6-point, 47% to 41%, margin among registered voters in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted July 26-28.
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and American Spectator
Brian Wingfield / Forbes:
Once Again, It's The Economy, Stupid
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Sad State of the RNC  —  A few minutes ago, I received an email alert from the Republican National Committee with the following title:  —  ***MEDIA ADVISORY***  —  RNC Launches New Web Video: “Obama TV Ad In Berlin”  —  Curious, I clicked through to watch the video …
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Elana Schor / Guardian:
Democratic senators call for investigation of US environmental agency
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, Phil Spector endorses Obama at his murder trial hearing
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Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
‘Last lecture’ a lesson in great teaching too
Discussion: Power Line
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Irked Extremes May Mean A Happy Political Middle
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
As Merrill Lynch Struggles, Wall Street Recoils From The Deadly Words …
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
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Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
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Globe and Mail:
Huge chunk snaps off storied Arctic ice shelf
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
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CBS News:
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