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11:30 AM 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.”
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.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama says Republicans trying to scare voters  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama, the first black candidate with a shot at winning the White House, says John McCain and his Republican allies will try to scare them by saying Obama “doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
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
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
McCain's True Voice  —  In the dog days of summer, John McCain's political personality has become so fuzzy that even some Republicans are worrying about his viability.  But if you want a reminder of why McCain should be a formidable candidate, take another look at his remarkable 1999 autobiography, “Faith of My Fathers.”
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain's cacophonous Cabinet
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Steve Hargreaves /
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 ( — Exxon Mobil once again reported the largest quarterly profit in U.S. history Thursday, posting net income …
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Exxon has record profit again on soaring oil prices
Discussion: Think Progress
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
Report Credits Drop in Illegal Immigrants to Enforcement
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Rick Perlstein / Blog entry:
Liberal Fascism  —  Recall that John McCain's new adviser Karl Rove …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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 …
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Growth weaker than hoped; economy shrinks in Q4
Discussion: Don Surber
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
Associated Press:
Obama-Clinton ticket advocacy group shuts down
Discussion: New York Post and
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.”
Discussion: The Swamp and EconLog
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Iraq Fumble  —  In a race supposedly dominated by the economy, both Barack Obama and John McCain have spent a lot of time talking about Iraq.  Why?  Because both men have Iraq problems that are causing difficulties for their campaigns.  —  How each candidate resolves his Iraq problems …
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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
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
US judge: White House aides can be subpoenaed
Discussion: Think Progress and On Deadline
Karen E. Crummy / Denver Post:
Romney could lift McCain in West
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama's Veep Vetting Enters New Stage
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GET THIS MAN A TELEPROMPTER!  —  Barack Obama is a lot like Sean Penn or George Clooney.
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China to Limit Web Access During Olympic Games
Plain Dealer / OPENERS:
McCain ad attacking Obama's celebrity is a ‘zero’
The Paris Hilton comparisons
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
A Hidden Toll on Employment: Cut to Part Time
Washington Post:
Leading by Example  —  The Bush administration announced …
The Hill:
Fears of a shutdown  —  The prospect of a September government …
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader May Be in Afghanistan
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
A Baby Daddy For Both Americas
Discussion: Don Surber
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
In Contempt Vote on Karl Rove, the Ayes Have It
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
McCain Should Pick Romney, And Soon
The Politico:
Cohen lacks DCCC support