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2:55 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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Open Left
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.
Fox News:
Justice Department to Announce Charges Against Sen. Stevens  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, on seven counts of making false statements to federal officers investigating an Alaska businessman.  —  The Justice Department has announced a 1:20 p.m. ET press conference.
Alaska Sen. Stevens Indicted For False Statements  —  Alaska Republican Faces Seven Count Indictment In Federal Corruption Probe  —  Stevens Is Longest-Serving Republican Senator  —  WASHINGTON (CBS) ― Government sources tell CBS News Republican Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted …
Discussion: Emptywheel
CBS News:
Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted
Discussion: On Deadline and Don Surber
Sen. Stevens of Alaska faces criminal charges
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:   Sen. Stevens indicted: 7 false statements counts
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senator Ted Stevens Indicted in Corruption Case
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Wonkette
Frank James / The Swamp:
Sen. Ted Stevens indicted
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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:
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 …
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 …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama the Unknown  —  “Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Perle Linked to Kurdish Oil Plan  —  Iraq War Advocate Denies Taking Part In a Consortium  —  Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents outlining possible deals.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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John Bolton Questions McCain's Foreign Policy Proposals
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama ‘Months Ahead’ Of Gore/Kerry In Organizing Florida
CBS News:
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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:
Discussion: Hot Air, Sadly, No! and MSNBC
Matthew Yglesias:
Low Standards  —  I see Eric Alterman paid closer attention …
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