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7:10 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, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.  —  Minority Leader John A. 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 5:30 PM: It's over.  Approximately 20 minutes ago, the remaining members and staff on the floor sang “God Bless America,” chanted “U.S.A., U.S.A!” and then, finally, left the chamber.  Since none of this was broadcast anywhere …
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home Part II
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Blackout: Pelosi turns off the lights as GOP demands action …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Guerilla Congress  —  I just got back a short while ago …
Washington Wire:
House Republicans Stage Floor Protest Over Summer Recess
Michelle Malkin:   Floor revolt: No vacation for House Republicans; GOP calls …
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama explains ‘dollar bill’ line
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Michelle Malkin:   The anthrax case and the suicide
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.
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 Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA, INTERRUPTED  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and NBC's Lauren Appelbaum  —  ST. PETERSBURG, FL — About seven minutes into his remarks here, Obama was interrupted by a handful of African-American demonstrators, who stood up in the last row of a section of bleachers behind him and held …
Discussion: The New Republic, The Trail and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Heckled in FL
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama interrupted by protesters
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Our Stereotypes Straight  —  Ali Frick notes Michael Goldfarb expressing some displeasure that the NYT editorial page's blog didn't like his candidate's dumb ads.  Here's Goldfarb: … Now here's the thing.  Say what you will about RPG-loving nerds, but surely we recognize …
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain's blogger rips bloggers 'sitting in mother's basement …
Chris Orr / The New Republic:   More on McCain's Ongoing “Troops” Smear
Independent: Negative ads risky for McCain  —  (CNN) — John Avlon is a self-proclaimed independent political analyst and the author of the book “Independent Nation.”  —  Avlon says the increasingly negative back-and-forth between Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
USA Today:
You vote: Who put out the first ‘negative’ ad?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blooper: Hannity punks himself on anti-McCain Campain ad.  —  Friday bloopers!  —  Sean Hannity was in fine form last night as he had his fresh new Obama-GOP-attack-talking points ready to go.  (I don't think Scott McClellan passed them off this time.)  He wanted his audience …
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
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri Dead!?!  —  Stratfor reports that the United States is attempting to verify rumors coming out of Pakistan that al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a July 28 Predator airstrike.  —  Intelligence sources told The Jawa Report last week that ‘the hunt was on’ in Pakistan for a ‘big fish’.
Discussion: protein wisdom and ThreatsWatch
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
McCain tries to scrub his website: They called him A Political Celebrity  —  Well, as Digby says—look what's been scrubbed from McCain's campaign website: … Hey, Rick Davis, I guess Obama isn't the only celebrity running for president.  —  R.Payne says:
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Another Point about the McCain Ads
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
The Bush Family Calls Rush
Discussion: Think Progress
Brad / Wonk Room:
McCain Embraces Newt's Big Oil Lie, Chants ‘Drill More, Drill Now, Pay Less’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW IT WORKS  —  Let's see how this works.  McCain runs …
Scott McClellan Dismantles Cheney's Plame Firewall
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“THE ONE”  —  Today the McCain campaign continued to skewer Barack …
Laurence Lowe / The New Republic:
The Post-Rove Guru  —  How the Republican Party stopped dreaming …
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Mad Kane's Political Madness:
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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.'
Discussion: Iowa Politics
Matthew Yglesias:
Rachel Maddow  —  She's good:  —  So there are all these liberals in the country.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama's ‘emergency’ economic plan
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
Discussion: Althouse and Shakesville
Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
The Curious Mind of John McCain
Discussion: The Politico, Wonkette and MSNBC