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3:55 PM ET, July 31, 2008

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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
GOP's celeb-Obama message gains traction  —  Barack Obama's critics laid down the foundations of the strategy months ago: The Republican National Committee started the “Audacity Watch” back in April, and Karl Rove later fueled the attack by describing the first-term Illinois senator as “coolly arrogant.”
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Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:
Paris Hilton's family fuming at McCain campaign  —  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems that the new McCain ad criticizing Obama for being a celebrity has ruffled some unintended feathers.  I, for one, quite liked the ad, but I hear whispers from the inner campaign staff …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Where did Barack Obama's mojo go?  —  Something's going on.  Or some things.  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research poll out Wednesday shows that despite nine solid days of blanket media coverage from overseas with Barack Obama cheered by adoring throngs of Germans and parlez-vousing with the French …
Todd Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The McCain Behind the Curtain  —  The saddest sight on “Straight Talk Air,” the sleek flying successor to John McCain's one-time rolling caravan of candor, is the couch.  It's a soft, tan leather shelf, custom-fitted for high altitude truth-telling when McCain, a former Navy pilot, took his act from the road to the skies this summer.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
Ross Douthat:
Barack Hitler Obama
Discussion: The New Republic and Blog entry
Frank James / The Swamp:
McCain camp: Obama plays race card
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
GRAHAM AND LIEBERMAN DEFEND AD  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland and Andrea Mitchell  —  Responding to criticism of McCain's recent TV ad depicting Obama as celebrity without substance, two of McCain's key Senate allies fired back in an unrelated news conference.
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   About that Ad  —  As you know, I haven't exactly established myself …
The Huffington Post:
Bill Press: John McCain Plays the Race Card
Zzaki / Political Punch:
Did Obama Accuse McCain of Running a Racist, Xenophobic Campaign?
Ross Douthat:
Britney and Crypto-Racism  —  Via Chris Bodenner …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
More on the “Celeb” Ad
Discussion: The Caucus and Stop The ACLU
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Federal judge rules Bush's aides can be subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON - President Bush's top advisers are not immune from congressional subpoenas, a federal judge ruled Thursday in an unprecedented dispute between the two political branches.  —  Congressional Democrats called the ruling …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Judge Rules White House Aides Can Be Subpoenaed
Discussion: The Swamp
Emptywheel:
BREAKING: Judge Bates Rules for the House
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
As Aides Map Aggressive Race, McCain Often Steers Off Course  —  Sen. John McCain last week delivered one of his sharpest critiques yet of Sen. Barack Obama's Iraq policies, carefully reading a prepared speech that accused his Democratic rival of failing the commander-in-chief test …
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Matthew Yglesias:
Management By McCain  —  Kevin Drum's not the only liberal upset by a political press that can't seem to hold John McCain responsible for John McCain's campaign tactics.  But isn't the image painted in today's stories — of McCain as a kind of passive bystander to decisions being made on his behalf by his staff — sort of more damning?
Discussion: pandagon.net and The RBC
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Inside the New Battleground Poll
Discussion: MyDD and TIME.com
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Is John McCain Stupid?
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The race for the presidency has moved back into a statistical tie in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of national registered voters, with Barack Obama now ahead of John McCain by just one percentage point, 45% to 44%.
Steve Hargreaves / CNNMoney.com:
Exxon posts record $11.68 billion profit  —  World's largest publicly traded oil firm makes $1,485.55 a second in the quarter, but misses forecasts.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income …
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Supporter Angered By ‘Other Women’ Obama VP Talk  —  ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: A longtime friend of Sen. Hillary Clinton said it's “incomprehensible” that Sen. Barack Obama would choose another woman to be his vice-presidential candidate over Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: PSoTD and Balloon Juice
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
TSA...Seriously  —  I'm at Newark Airport for a quick flight and upon inspection we discover I have a $12 spray in my unchecked baggage.  So I trash it. as she walks away, the TSA inspector says, “you know — once I walk away — if you put that back in your bag, I won't know about it.”
Jane Kay / San Francisco Chronicle:
51% of Californians back offshore drilling  —  (07-30) 22:28 PDT San Francisco — A majority of Californians favor more oil drilling off the coast, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday, for the first time since oil prices spiked nearly three decades ago.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Suggesting the race card and then denying it  —  Obama's camp recognizes there is both promise and peril in accusing McCain and the GOP of racially-tinged attacks.  Yes, it energizes the Democratic base (black and white) while also raising the antennae of suburban swing voters.
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
Megan McArdle:
Annals of polemicism  —  It's hard for me to read this without thinking of Ken Rogoff's immortal open letter to Joseph Stiglitz.  Consider this passage from Professor Cochrane: … Why aren't there hordes of economists studying meaningful alternatives to market capitalism?
 
 
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Jim Lobe / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS-US: Air Force Think Tank Advises Against Iran Attack
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Faiz / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress …
Megan McArdle:
GDP: A few pictures are worth a book
Discussion: EconLog
White House:
President Bush Discusses Iraq
Ed O'Keefe / The Trail:
MoveOn Responds to McCain ‘Celeb’ Ad
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BRITNEY-PARIS DAY AFTER  —  From Chuck Todd …
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Here We Go Again  —  Couple of things about Obama's reaction …
Discussion: Nitpicker
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
On Having Your (Political) Heart Broken
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards ending college program
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor's Home, Kill His 2 Dogs
Discussion: The Agitator