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8:45 AM ET, July 31, 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 …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch  —  WASHINGTON — After spending much of the summer searching for an effective line of attack against Senator Barack Obama, Senator John McCain is beginning a newly aggressive campaign to define Mr. Obama as arrogant, out of touch and unprepared for the presidency.
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Olmert to step down in September, vows to push for peace first  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that he has decided not to contend in the Kadima primary election and would resign as soon as the new party leader was chosen, due to the criminal investigations in which he has been embroiled in recent months.
Poll: Netanyahu is public's preferred choice for next PM  —  Opposition leader and Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is the Israeli public's preferred choice to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Channel 10.
Ian Black / Guardian:
Olmert to resign as Israeli PM  —  Israel's beleaguered prime minister, Ehud Olmert, threw his country and the Middle East into political turmoil last night when he announced he was resigning after months of mounting pressure over corruption allegations.  —  Olmert said he would step …
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.
Molly Hunter / Political Radar:
Obama: McCain Trying to Make Voters ‘Scared’ of Me
Discussion: and Atlas Shrugs
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rick Perlstein / Blog entry:
Liberal Fascism  —  Recall that John McCain's new adviser Karl Rove …
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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
Homeward Bound: Recent Immigration Enforcement and the Decline in the Illegal Alien Population  —  Monthly data collected by the Census Bureau through May 2008 shows a significant decline in the number of less-educated, young Hispanic immigrants in the country.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
McCain Should Pick Romney, And Soon  —  As John McCain mulls his veep pick, I'd offer some thoughts on what he should do.  As the title indicates, I think Mitt Romney is quite possibly the best choice, and McCain should pick him soon.  —  Analysts have given multiple reasons for picking Romney …
Michael Duffy / Time:
Obama's Vice-Presidential Dilemma
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.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and Commentary
The Politico:
Cohen lacks DCCC support  —  Democratic insiders say House Democratic leaders have refused a request from Tennessee Rep. Stephen I. Cohen — a white man in a majority-black district — for money to fend off a primary challenge from a black woman.  —  But they gave Cohen a consolation prize this week …
New York Post:
HILLARY IN MYSTERY POWWOW  —  IT sure looked like Hillary Rodham Clinton was plotting her political future at a secret ladies-only dinner in Washington the other night.  —  The New York senator was guest of honor at Tuesday's hush-hush powwow that raised speculation about a possible White House run in 2012.
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, EconLog and Campaign Stops
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.
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Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
In Contempt Vote on Karl Rove, the Ayes Have It
Andrew Jacobs / International Herald Tribune:
IOC agrees to Internet blocking at the Games
Discussion: Commentary
Michelle Malkin:
Save the neglected Obama school in Kenya!
Jeff Yang / San Francisco Chronicle:
ASIAN POP  —  Could Obama be the first Asian American president?
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Caroline Lowe / KCCW-TV:
I-TEAM: SWAT Team Honored For Raid On Wrong House
Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Sen. Stevens indicted; ‘I am innocent’
Discussion: US News and Firedoglake
Ronni Berke / CNN:
Study: Some Americans cut credit card use
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Obama Camp Sees Potential in G.O.P. Discontent
Discussion: The RBC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp on Obama's ‘hysteria’
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
For White House, Hiring Is Political