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10:30 PM ET, July 30, 2008


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Marc Ambinder:
Weaver, McCain's Former Strategist, Calls “Celeb” Ad “Childish”  —  John Weaver, for years one of John McCain's closest friends and confidants, has been in exile since his resignation from McCain's presidential campaign last year.  With the exception of an occasional interview, he has …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Keeping Track  —  I note with interest today, John McCain's new tactic of associating Barack Obama with oversexed and/or promiscuous young white women.  (See today's new ad and this from yesterday.)  Presumably, a la Harold Ford 2006, this will be one of those strategies that will be a matter …
Isabel Wilkinson / The Huffington Post:
A Week In John McCain's Shoes — His $520 Ferragamo Loafers, That Is  —  This summer John McCain is traveling in style.  He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop — from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
McCain's Risky Ad Strategy  —  UPDATE, 6:30 pm: Barack Obama's campaign has quickly turned around a response ad that bashes John McCain for practicing the “politics of the past.”  —  The key image?  McCain and President Bush standing side by side while the words “John McCain: Same Old Politics, Same Failed Policies” appear on screen.
Discussion: The Trail and Truthdig
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
I Used to Love Her, But I Had to Kill Her  —  Ben Smith analyzes the blowback from John McCain's new-ish, two-pronged strategy of negative (embellished) attacks on Obama and media-bashing. … Robert Stacy McCain (no relation) has data on the effects: according to Gallup …
Discussion: The Crossed Pond
Massie Ritsch /
Watchdogs Compare McCain, Obama on Donor Disclosure  —  If you follow this blog closely, you know that the Center for Responsive Politics and seven other watchdog groups asked John McCain and Barack Obama to disclose more information to the public about two segments of their fundraising bases …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
AXELROD RESPONDS TO MCCAIN TV AD  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  Obama senior strategist David Axelrod called into the 1:00 pm MSNBC hour to respond to McCain's latest TV ad.  Having watched McCain campaign policy adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer defend it, Axelrod called in and said the latest ad is both “sophomoric” and “negative.”
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Attacks Obama As A “Celebrity”
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Memo Slams Obama's Celebrity
New York Observer:
Mac Attack  —  They Adored Him!  Senator McCain Had the Press Eating …
Discussion: Wonkette
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp condemns song: Ludacris ‘should be ashamed’  —  Barack Obama's campaign is condemning a song by the rapper Ludacris that praises Obama and bitterly attacks Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain.  —  “As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today …
Amanda Erickson / The Swamp:
Obama + Ludacris = best friends 4eva
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama trip abroad doesn't move poll numbers  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — It was a weeklong trip that drew blanket media coverage and sharp criticism from Republicans, but Sen. Barack Obama's recent tour abroad did little to alter his standing in the presidential race, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll: Most Americans want offshore drilling
Discussion: Commentary and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama Continues Hectic Victory Tour  —  Barack Obama has long been his party's presumptive nominee.  Now he's becoming its presumptuous nominee.  —  Fresh from his presidential-style world tour, during which foreign leaders and American generals lined up to show him affection …
Jonathan Weisman / The Trail:
Obama's Symbolic Importance
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The New Republic
The Onion:
Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet  —  EARTH—Former vice president Al Gore—who for the past three decades has unsuccessfully attempted to warn humanity of the coming destruction of our planet, only to be mocked and derided by the very people he has tried to save …
Discussion: Don Surber
The Hill:
50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill 2008 - Top 10  —  Political party: Democrat.  —  Dating status: “Happily single”  —  She's striking - and accident-prone.  —  Three weeks ago, Tulani Elisa, a legislative assistant for Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), fell down while going up the Metro escalator that leads into Dupont Circle.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
For White House, Hiring Is Political  —  WASHINGTON — On May 17, 2005, the White House's political affairs office sent an e-mail message to agencies throughout the executive branch directing them to find jobs for 108 people on a list of “priority candidates” who had “loyally served the president.”
Mother Jones:
There's Something About Mary: Unmasking a Gun Lobby Mole  —  NEWS: Mary McFate was a prominent gun control activist.  Mary Lou Sapone was a freelance spy with an NRA connection.  They are the same person.  A Mother Jones investigation.  —  This is the story of two Marys.
Ari /
John McCain and Britney  —  McCain Defended Bush Administration Strategy In Iraq … - John McCain [ABC, The View, 4/10/08]  —  McCain Agreed With Bush's Strategy For Victory In Iraq  —  McCain Said I Have “No Qualms About Our Strategic Plans.”  Just prior to the invasion of Iraq John McCain said …
Discussion: D-Day
Matt / Think Progress:
Secretary Of Energy Repeats Katrina Oil Spill Lie: ‘Not One Case’ Where Oil ‘Spilled In The Environment’  —  After meeting with his cabinet today, President Bush renewed his call for “Congress to lift the legislative ban that prevents offshore exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf.”
Discussion: White House
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Things that chap my ass - an ongoing series
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Michigan President/Senate  —  Barack Obama 46  —  John McCain 43
Discussion: The New Republic
Frank James / The Swamp:
Pawlenty: Let's govern like Sam's Club
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Strategy Against Al-Qaeda Faulted
Molly Hunter / Political Radar:
Obama: McCain Trying to Make Voters ‘Scared’ of Me
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
John Kasich  —  Michael Novak floated his name in here a few weeks ago …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
McCain: No New Taxes (Redux)
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Neil Vigdor / Stamford Advocate:
A ‘big rat’ may greet Lieberman at GOP convention
Discussion: The Raw Story and Firedoglake
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Hopium helps you forget several unpleasant facts
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
The putsch that imperiled America
Romney “Not Planning” On VP Nod
Jerusalem Post:
Olmert says he will resign after Kadima elects new leader
Tim Wu / New York Times:
OPEC 2.0  —  AMERICANS today spend almost as much on bandwidth …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Restaurant Chains Close as Diners Reduce Spending