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4:00 PM ET, August 1, 2008

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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.  —  Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Edward Epstein / CQ.com:
House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy  —  The C-SPAN cameras were gone and the microphones were off, but that didn't stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the floor after the House adjourned for five weeks to attack Democrats for leaving town without doing something to lower gas prices.
Discussion: Power Line and michellemalkin.com
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Bizarre Scene on the House Floor
Discussion: MyDD
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News  —  The FBI's lead suspect in the September, 2001 anthrax attacks — Bruce E. Ivins — died Tuesday night, apparently by suicide, just as the Justice Department was about to charge him with responsibility for the attacks.
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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Apparent suicide in anthrax case  —  Bruce E. Ivins, a scientist who helped the FBI investigate the 2001 mail attacks, was about to face charges.  —  A top government scientist who helped the FBI analyze samples from the 2001 anthrax attacks has died in Maryland from an apparent suicide …
Michelle Malkin:
The anthrax case and the suicide
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Too Fit to Be President?  —  Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback  —  Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.
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Brad / Sadly, No!:
Beyond F**king Parody  —  So it's come to this: Americans may not vote for Obama because he eats well and he exercises.  No, really: … A few points:  — This isn't the Journal's op-ed page.  Rather, it appeared in their weekend section.  This is allegedly a “news” feature.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies — including Wal-Mart.
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MSNBC:
Wal-Mart mobilizes against Democrats: report
Discussion: Reuters
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Obama responds to race card charge  —  In an interview with the St. Pete Times and Bay News 9 for Political Connections, Barack Obama brushed off the charge from the John McCain campaign that he was injecting race into the campaign:  —  “I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white …
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Heckled in FL  —  ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Provocative hecklers associated with an international African socialist collective interrupted Obama's opening remarks here... Obama calmed then down by promising he'd take their questions during a Q and A, and an Obama supporter grabbed the banner away.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA, INTERRUPTED  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
Discussion: The New Republic, The Trail and Hot Air
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Obama Aide Concedes ‘Dollar Bill’ Remark Referred to His Race  —  Obama Strategist Calls McCain's Attack Ad Insulting; McCain Camp Defends It  —  Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hot Air
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Tied at 44%  —  Registered voters evenly split in their support for Obama versus McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Hil, no!  Don't nominate me  —  Hillary Clinton has decided against being nominated for President at the Democrats' Denver convention, but many of her more die-hard partisans may vote for her anyway.  —  A source close to the New York senator confirmed she won't file a formal request …
The New Republic:
A Conservative ‘Slate’?  —  Have you ever been reading Slate and found yourself thinking, “This is great, but if only if were more conservative...”?  Then LibertyWire is for you!  The new online publication, being launched in mid-August, is billing itself as “a conservative version of Slate.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
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Matthew Yglesias:
Slate Revisited  —  Enough people in the business have gotten …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain's blogger rips bloggers 'sitting in mother's basement, ranting into the ether.'  —  Yesterday, the New York Times' editorial board blog, The Board, wrote a post criticizing a McCain campaign ad.  McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb — who writes and edits the campaign's blog …
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Chris Orr / The New Republic:   More on McCain's Ongoing “Troops” Smear
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
Malwebolence  —  One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents' bedroom closet and shot himself in the head.
Discussion: Shakesville and Althouse
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-1049  —  Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  —  http://www.bls.gov/ces/ is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EDT), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, August 1, 2008.
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Matthew Yglesias:
Freedom  —  Ezra's damn right about this.  Go to pretty much any populated part of the United States, buy some land, and try to build something on it and you'll find that there are a lot of land-use restrictions in place.  Some of these rules are good, some of them are bad …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CONCERNED COLUMNISTS OF AMERICA DISCOVER ZONING.
Discussion: Slate and Balloon Juice
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
The Curious Mind of John McCain  —  Ambition and Emotion Color the Complex Intellect of the Candidate  —  In his 2002 book, “Worth the Fighting For,” John McCain offered this confession — an acknowledgment of a restless mind: “Although I seem to tolerate introspection better the older I am …
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus and TIME.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's ‘emergency’ economic plan  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday announced an “Emergency Economic Plan” that would give families a stimulus check of $1,000 each, funded in part by what his presidential campaign calls “windfall profits from Big Oil.”  —  Details are in this six-page policy paper.
Ben / Think Progress:
Judge on Rove's citizen arrest: 'It's about time.'  —  Last Friday, police in Des Moines, Iowa arrested four people who attempted to make a citizens' arrest of former top White House aide Karl Rove, who was in town to speak at a GOP fundraiser.  A retired minister and three members …
Discussion: Iowa Politics
 
 
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Laurence Lowe / The New Republic:
The Post-Rove Guru  —  How the Republican Party stopped dreaming …
Mad Kane's Political Madness:
Bob Newhart Names “Mad” Kane Winner of 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Fission, Fusion, Tomato, Tomahto, let's call the whole thing off.
CNN:
Official: FEMA will fix aid distribution gaffes
Discussion: Facing South
Marc Ambinder:
Arizona News Station Airs Spot Questioning McCain's Chances In AZ
Michelle Malkin:
Rush Limbaugh: 20 years of excellence in broadcasting
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Poll: Country's mood at historic low
Discussion: Donklephant
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Website Suggests Obama-Bayh Ticket
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
McCain tries to scrub his website: They called him A Political Celebrity
Matthew Yglesias:
Rachel Maddow  —  She's good:  —  So there are all these liberals in the country.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Get Drilled  —  Some cracks are appearing in the solid wall …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
2 Reports Raise Hopes on Energy
Eric Egland / New York Times:
Allies Obama Overlooked
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
McCain's camp suffers from a paper gap
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can This Planet Be Saved?  —  Recently the Web site …