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12:00 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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Zzaki / Political Punch:
Did Obama Accuse McCain of Running a Racist, Xenophobic Campaign?  —  “John McCain right now, he's spending an awful lot of time talking about me,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said today in Rolla, Mo. “You notice that?  I haven't seen an ad yet where he talks about what he's gonna do.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Roles Are Set, as Are the Perils  —  Obama at Risk Of Arrogant Tag, McCain, Negative  —  AURORA, Colo. — Presidential rivals Barack Obama and John McCain both appear to be seizing the roles in which they have been cast: Sen. Obama as front-runner and Sen. McCain as underdog.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Race and ‘Celeb’  —  In the primary, allegations of racism and racial insensitivity were there almost from the start, beginning with Joe Biden's botched roll-out, in which he told the Observer that Obama was clean and articulate.  —  In the general election, the theme had been largely absent.
John Riley / Spin Cycle:
Sex celebs: Why Britney and Paris?
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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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Is John McCain Stupid?  —  Is John McCain losing it?  —  On Sunday, he said on national television that to solve Social Security “everything's on the table,” which of course means raising payroll taxes.  On July 7 in Denver he said: “Senator Obama will raise your taxes.  I won't.”
Marc Ambinder:
Hit Me, Davis, One More Time  —  A night's sleep a few thoughts on celebrity, John McCain;'s ad, celebrity, and what voters will make of all of this.  —  1. John McCain is the Republican least associated with the Bush brand of politics.  His appeal is based on his independence …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The RBC
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch
CNN:
The Paris Hilton comparisons
Discussion: Hot Air
Plain Dealer / OPENERS:
McCain ad attacking Obama's celebrity is a ‘zero’
Associated Press:
US judge: White House aides can be subpoenaed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has sided with Congress in its fight with the Bush administration over whether top White House aides can be subpoenaed by Congress.  —  The House Judiciary Committee wants to question the president's chief of staff …
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The Hill:
Fears of a shutdown  —  The prospect of a September government shutdown loomed over the Capitol on Wednesday as the two parties fought over rising energy prices.  —  It's a fight some members of either party are willing to have, but others worry about who will get blamed for a repeat …
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
New Premises in Iraq  —  Prospects for Withdrawal Have to Be Viewed Through the Lens of Progress  —  The U.S. presidential campaign has been so long and so intense that it seems to operate in a cocoon, oblivious to changes that should alter its premises.  A striking example is the debate over withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Iraq Fumble
Discussion: TownHall Blog and TIME.com
New York Post:
O'S TOUR DE FARCE
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N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Report Credits Drop in Illegal Immigrants to Enforcement
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Obama-Clinton ticket advocacy group shuts down  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An effort to urge Barack Obama to pick former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate is shutting down under the assumption she is not a contender for the No. 2 spot.  —  The two former Clinton staffers who started …
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Clinton Supporter Angered By ‘Other Women’ Obama VP Talk
Discussion: PSoTD
Marty Kaplan / The Huffington Post:
On Having Your (Political) Heart Broken  —  The e-mail came when I was in Mexico, at a fitness resort that — in pursuit of wellness — confines BlackBerry use to guests' rooms.  —  “Need to chat briefly with you regarding John Edwards and the effects of this scandal on his future political career.”
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:
A Baby Daddy For Both Americas
Discussion: Don Surber
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
GDP accelerates to 1.9% pace in second quarter  —  Domestic demand falls for second time in the past three quarters  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Boosted by stimulus checks from Uncle Sam and a big drop in imports, real growth in the U.S. economy accelerated in the second quarter to a 1.9% annual rate …
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Growth weaker than hoped; economy shrinks in Q4
Discussion: Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's Veep Vetting Enters New Stage  —  Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting process has moved into a new stage in which a larger than previously reported group of candidates is being exposed to a “deeper dig” into their backgrounds — in the words of a source familiar with the process.
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Dan Schnur / Campaign Stops:
Bad V.P. Picks
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots, TPMCafe and Time
Gomonkeygo / The New Disease:
What's the Word, John?  —  Miscegenation (Latin miscere “to mix” + genus “kind") is the mixing of different racial groups, that is, marrying, cohabiting, having sexual relations and having children with a partner from outside of one's racially or ethnically defined group.  —  Obama.  Britney.
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Rick Perlstein / Blog entry:
Liberal Fascism  —  Recall that John McCain's new adviser Karl Rove …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor's Home, Kill His 2 Dogs  —  A police SWAT team raided the home of the mayor in the Prince George's County town of Berwyn Heights on Tuesday, shooting and killing his two dogs, after he brought in a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been delivered to his doorstep, police said.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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 …
Discussion: Raising Kaine
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: TIME.com
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHAT CONGRESS?  —  Time takes a look at Congress's independent agenda …
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Here We Go Again  —  Couple of things about Obama's reaction …
Discussion: Nitpicker
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Suggesting the race card and then denying it
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards ending college program
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