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3:35 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.
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MSNBC:
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.
CNN:
Grand jury indicts Alaska senator  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens was charged Tuesday with making false statements after a wide-ranging probe into ties between an energy company and lawmakers in his home state, according to a federal indictment.
CBS News:
Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted
Discussion: KTVT-TV, On Deadline and Emptywheel
Wall Street Journal:
Alaska Sen. Stevens Accused Of Making False Statements
Discussion: TIME.com
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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Matthew Yglesias:
The Unknown Obama  —  One pundit who I guess we can be sure won't be falling out of love with John McCain is Richard Cohen who today writes that he can name more admirable stuff McCain has done over the course of his live than he can about Barack Obama.  This turns out to be especially true …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:   Richard Cohen has a very bad year
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.”
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huck compares McCain to Dole
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and TownHall Blog
USA Today:   Our view on campaign fairness: McCain attack ad cheapens campaign.
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.”
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Wall Street Journal:   Fannie Mae's Political Immunity
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP ready to link Obama to Reid, Pelosi
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 …
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Things I learned today about democracy
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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, JustOneMinute and Hot Air
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 …
Gallup:
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.
CNN:
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.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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 …
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The Raw Story:
Turley: ‘Pathetic’ if Monica Goodling takes fall for Bush officials
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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Emily Bazar / USA Today:
Shooting suspect hated liberals
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
A Few Thoughts
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
CBS News:
Officials: Al Qaeda's Mad Scientist Killed
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
‘Active grannies’ the new soccer moms
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Deja Vu  —  This makes me primary mad all over again:
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Matthew Yglesias:
Low Standards  —  I see Eric Alterman paid closer attention …
Hotline On Call:
AFL-CIO Drops New Mailers In OH, MI, PA, WI
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
It's NOT a Record Deficit and It's Not Even Close
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
McCain defends his tech smarts in S.F.
Barry Schweid / Associated Press:
Study questions US strategy against al-Qaida
Wall Street Journal:
Perle Linked to Kurdish Oil Plan
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: Odds of winning are very good
Discussion: Gawker and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
The Price of RomneyCare