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11:45 AM ET, August 1, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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.
J. Freedom du Lac / Washington Post:
Rappers' Shout-Outs Make Obama Skip a Beat  —  In the arsenal of the culture wars, rap music remains somewhat radioactive — and Barack Obama now finds himself exposed.  —  Avowed Obama supporter Ludacris on Wednesday released a freewheeling song called “Politics” in which he repeatedly praised …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Eamon Javers / The Politico:
McCain's Internet edge: Ad price
Discussion: Don Surber
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
So Much for St. John  —  It's awfully early for John McCain …
Discussion: Swampland
Washington Post:
Race Moves to Center Stage
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Raw Story
New York Times:
McCain Camp Says Obama Is Playing ‘Race Card’
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.
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joblessness rises: 463,000 jobs lost in '08
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can This Planet Be Saved?  —  Recently the Web site The Politico asked Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, why she was blocking attempts to tack offshore drilling amendments onto appropriations bills.  “I'm trying to save the planet; I'm trying to save the planet,” she replied.  —  I'm glad to hear it.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill
Discussion: RealClearPolitics
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.
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 and TIME.com
Matthew Yglesias:
Good Advice  —  As sometimes happens when I read Marc Ambinder's blog, today I'm puzzled by the mentality of the campaign reporter: … Here's my understanding of the sequence of events.  Gas prices are on the rise.  Consumers are feeling pain, harm is being done to the economy.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Political Punch
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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: Althouse, The Daily Dish and Cogitamus
New York Times:
Pakistanis Aided Attack in Kabul, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's powerful spy service helped plan the deadly July 7 bombing of India's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to United States government officials.
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.
Discussion: MSNBC, Top of the Ticket and TIME.com
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
Run against the GOP, Cole tells hopefuls  —  Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told GOP congressional hopefuls on Thursday that they should not be afraid to criticize both political parties - including Republican members of the House.  —  During a conference call, the National Republican Congressional …
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.
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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McCain's camp suffers from a paper gap
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For Clinton supporters, it's a gender issue
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