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12:50 PM 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.
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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 …
Think Progress:
One Month After 9/11, McCain Said Anthrax 'May Have Come From Iraq …
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank James / The Swamp:
Anthrax suspect commits suicide
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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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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.
USA Today:
You vote: Who put out the first ‘negative’ ad?  —  As they've argued over the Celeb TV ad that Republican John McCain's presidential campaign released Wednesday (best known for its use of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton), aides from both major contenders' campaigns have made a number of charges.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
So Much for St. John  —  It's awfully early for John McCain …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Swampland
Washington Post:
Race Moves to Center Stage
Discussion: The Raw Story and protein wisdom
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.
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
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: The Daily Dish, Althouse and Cogitamus
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: The Caucus, MSNBC and TIME.com
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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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 …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
McCain's camp suffers from a paper gap  —  While campaigns typically snow reporters with white papers and policy minutiae, many of the domestic policy plans of John McCain have been notably short on details.  —  Analysts caution that both McCain and Barack Obama have produced policy pronouncements …
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: Hot Air and TIME.com
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.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
For Clinton supporters, it's a gender issue  —  Some Clinton backers want the Democratic Party's platform to recognize what they see as the pervasive bias she suffered in the primaries.  —  WASHINGTON — As her chances of becoming vice president recede, some of Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Get Drilled  —  Some cracks are appearing in the solid wall …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
2 Reports Raise Hopes on Energy
Stephen McGinty / Scotsman:
People of Beijing told what not to wear
Discussion: Don Surber
Scott Wong / Arizona Republic:
Fight focuses on affirmative action in Ariz.
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Hil, no!  Don't nominate me  —  Hillary Clinton has decided …
Eric Egland / New York Times:
Allies Obama Overlooked
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
New York Post:
BATTLE OF THE CELEB BABIES
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Los Angeles Times:
John McCain ad irritates many in Hollywood
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The New Republic:
A Conservative ‘Slate’?  —  Have you ever been reading Slate …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rhodes Cook / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
CLOSE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Iran: We have started nuclear fusion
J. Freedom du Lac / Washington Post:
Rappers' Shout-Outs Make Obama Skip a Beat
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
McCain's Internet edge: Ad price
Discussion: Don Surber
Matthew Yglesias:
Good Advice  —  As sometimes happens when I read Marc Ambinder's blog …
Carl Bialik / Wall Street Journal:
Press 1 for McCain, 2 for Obama
Stars & Stripes:
Landstuhl clarifies press rules for aborted Obama visit