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8:55 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
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
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
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 …
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).
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:”
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
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: Hot Air and
Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:
Man charged in Tenn. church shooting that killed 2  —  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man suspected of opening fire on a roomful of people during a church youth performance was in custody Monday after being tackled by witnesses.  —  But church members are still searching for answers …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:   Knoxville Tragedy Redeemed By Heroism
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.
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
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 …
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.
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:
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Obama Vindicated  —  Yesterday, I posted an item about an accusation …
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Elana Schor / Guardian:
Democratic senators call for investigation of US environmental agency
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Charles Lipson / Chicago Tribune:
‘Last lecture’ a lesson in great teaching too
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As Merrill Lynch Struggles, Wall Street Recoils From The Deadly Words …
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