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5:05 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) …
Edward Epstein /
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.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Bizarre Scene on the House Floor  —  UPDATE 2:40 PM: Capitol Briefing will admit to never having seen anything remotely like this in 10 years of covering Congress.  As “The Phantom Session” continues, the chamber is packed with tourists, and the line to get in the galleries stretches down the stairs inside the Capitol.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home Part II  —  Here are the latest updates on the continuing GOP protest on the House floor:  —  The House adjourned about three hours ago, but GOP lawmakers — outraged that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats went home …
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.
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.
Brad / Sadly, No!:
Beyond F**king Parody
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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.
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
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama interrupted by protesters
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
USA Today:
You vote: Who put out the first ‘negative’ ad?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Matthew Yglesias:
Slate Revisited  —  Enough people in the business have gotten in touch with me in a hurry to dispute the idea that Slate is a center-right publication that I'm starting to have some doubts.  And I'll admit that while I look at Slate all the time, I'm not a particularly thorough reader …
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 …
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
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“THE ONE”  —  Today the McCain campaign continued to skewer Barack Obama for his pomposity and self-regard with a video called “The One.”  Here it is:  —  It's amusing, and some people will think it's highly effective.  I'm not so sure this line of attack is a good idea, however.
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Marc Ambinder:
Arizona News Station Airs Spot Questioning McCain's Chances In AZ
Ben / Think Progress:
Judge on Rove's citizen arrest: 'It's about time.'
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
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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
Los Angeles Times:
John McCain ad irritates many in Hollywood
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's ‘emergency’ economic plan
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
The Curious Mind of John McCain
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can This Planet Be Saved?  —  Recently the Web site …