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12:10 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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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.
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The Politico:
The campaign is all about Obama  —  If you made a movie about the general election campaign so far, John McCain would be a supporting actor.  —  Despite vulnerabilities that have kept the race closer in polls than most analysts expected - and McCain even jumped to a four-point lead among likely voters …
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.”
Matthew Yglesias:   The Unknown Obama  —  One pundit who I guess we can be sure …
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 …
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Washington Post:
Kaine in ‘Serious’ Talks With Obama
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, Commentary and Betsy's Page
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CLUB FOR GROWTH GOES AFTER MCCAIN
Cesar Conda / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Centrist Economic Team
Discussion: American Spectator
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.”
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Canceled Obama Visit, and the Story Behind It  —  WASHINGTON — For four days, Senator John McCain has sought to keep alive a story about how Senator Barack Obama called off a visit to American troops recuperating from war wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
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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 …
Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:
Rampage Attributed to Hatred of Liberalism  —  Police Say Suspect in Tennessee Church Killings Left Note in His Car  —  An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire and killing two people at a Unitarian Universalist church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its support …
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
McCain defends his tech smarts in S.F.  —  He says he's using computer more each day  —  GOP presidential candidate John McCain, fundraising in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the nation's technology capitals, acknowledged Monday that he isn't a “tech freak” or entirely comfortable with the Internet, BlackBerrys or e-mail.
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: Odds of winning are very good  —  ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) - Barack Obama told donors at a Monday night fundraiser just across the Potomac River from Washington that “the odds of us winning are very good.”  —  Obama was reflecting on how far the campaign had come since its early days when …
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 …
Discussion: ajhs.org and Think Progress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plan splits Dems  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration.  —  Reid's proposal was meant to insulate Senate Democratic candidates from public anger over gas prices.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bradley says ‘no’ to Obama VP job.  What about Clinton?  Not her.  Him!  —  Just in case you're keeping score, yet another Democratic politician has said he would decline to be the vice presidential running mate of Sen. Barack Obama.  —  This one was a surprise, too, because, to be honest …
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
The Price of RomneyCare  —  Gearing up for 2009, liberals are eager to claim Massachusetts as a Valhalla of health reform.  Their enthusiasm is apparently evidence-proof.  —  Even Mitt Romney, who should know better, took to these pages recently to proclaim, “Health-care reform is working in Massachusetts.”
CNN:
McCain says he'd support 16-month Iraq timetable  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Sen. John McCain could support a 16-month timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, he told CNN's Larry King Monday night.  —  But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee …
 
 
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Discussion: QandO
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush approves soldier's execution
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Los Angeles Times:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Biggest Issue  —  Why did the United States become …
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Supremely Screwed Up  —  A do-over for the High Court?
Discussion: Power Line
johnny dollar's place:
‘I Hope He Lingers and Goes Slow and Hard!’