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2:10 PM ET, July 29, 2008


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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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, QandO and Macsmind
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: Firedoglake and Emptywheel
CBS News:
Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted  —  Alaska Republican Faces Seven Count Indictment For False Statements In Federal Corruption Probe  —  (CBS) Government sources tell CBS News Republican Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted on seven charges related to a corruption probe.
Discussion: On Deadline and Don Surber
Frank James / The Swamp:   Sen. Ted Stevens indicted
New York Times:   Alaska Senator Is Indicted on Corruption Charges
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:   GOP Senator accused of making false statements
Washington Wire:
Alaska Sen. Stevens Indicted on 7 Criminal Counts
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ted Stevens indicted
Discussion: Blogs of War
Faiz / Think Progress:
Breaking: Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) indicted on seven criminal counts.
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.”
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 …
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.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Deja Vu  —  This makes me primary mad all over again:
Discussion: Hot Air and Sadly, No!
Washington Wire:
Romney's Massachusetts Health Plan Could Hurt VP Chances
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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 …
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: and Think Progress
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.
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.”
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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Discussion: Hot Air