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4:50 PM ET, August 2, 2008

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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Running While Black  —  Gee, I wonder why, if you have a black man running for high public office — say, Barack Obama or Harold Ford — the opposition feels compelled to run low-life political ads featuring tacky, sexually provocative white women who have no connection whatsoever to the black male candidates.
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Melissa McEwan / Guardian:
Linking Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was calculated  —  By linking Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, Republicans tap racist fears of black men and white women  —  This is a lesson in how dog whistles work.  —  If you're not familiar with the term “dog whistle …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama calls McCain ‘cynical,’ not racist  —  Barack Obama told reporters in Titusville, Fla., on Saturday that he is at “peace” with a McCain campaign ad seeking to portray him as an airhead celebrity in the mold of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.  —  “Let me be clear,” Obama said in response …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Fairy Tale Revisited  —  Barack Obama is having a press conference this morning and it is being dominated by questions about the ‘race card.’ That makes it a good press conference for McCain.  The big hook for McCain is the fact that Obama supporters disgracefully smeared Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries.
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Obama Concedes Racial Dimension to ‘Dollar Bill’ …
Discussion: Political Perceptions
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama shifts on oil drilling?  —  ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama said Friday that he would be willing to compromise on his position against offshore oil drilling if it were part of a more overarching strategy to lower energy costs.  —  “My interest is in making sure we've got the kind …
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Michael C. Bender / Palm Beach Post:
Obama would consider off-shore drilling as part of comprehensive energy plan  —  ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama said today he would be willing to open Florida's coast for more oil drilling if it meant winning approval for broad energy changes.  —  “My interest is in making sure we've got …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In major change, Obama says he'll support offshore drilling  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama Friday dropped his opposition to offshore oil drilling, saying he could go along with the idea if it was part of a broader energy package.  —  Obama made his comments in St. Petersburg during an interview with the Palm Beach Post.
New York Times:
Anthrax Suspect's Death Is Dark End for a Family Man  —  FREDERICK, Md. — Bruce E. Ivins arrived last month for a group counseling session at a psychiatric center here in his hometown with a startling announcement: Facing the prospect of murder charges, he had bought a bulletproof vest …
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Washington Post:
A Scientist's Quiet Life Took a Darker Turn
Discussion: D-Day and The BRAD BLOG
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
So In The Tank They Don't Know They Are In The Tank  —  Michael Powell of the Times probably does not even realize how laughably tilted his first two paragraphs are in his story about Obama and race. … Let's see - Barack “57 States” Obama is a man of few rhetorical stumbles?
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Media Matters for America:
Rather than acknowledge flaws in Obama column, Wash. Post 's Milbank mocked critics in online chat as “whiners”  —  In a July 31 washingtonpost.com online discussion, Dana Milbank dismissed participants' criticisms of his July 30 column — a “sketch” of Sen. Barack Obama's “premature presidency” — as “whines.”
Discussion: D-Day
Stanley Kurtz / Weekly Standard:
Barack Obama's Lost Years  —  The senator's tenure as a state legislator reveals him to be an old-fashioned, big government, race-conscious liberal.  —  Barack Obama's neighborhood newspaper, the Hyde Park Herald, has a longstanding tradition of opening its pages to elected officials …
Discussion: Eunomia
Little Green Footballs:
A Big IE7 Problem on the Web  —  I've confirmed that there's some kind of problem on the Internet, that only seems to affect users of the Internet Explorer 7 web browser.  Attempting to browse to many sites results in an ‘Operation Aborted’ error.  No information about the problem elsewhere yet ... stay tuned.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Emanuel to be Obama's debate negotiator  —  Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a letter today to the Commission on Presidential Debates that accepts their framework for three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.  —  Campaign manager David Plouffe's language in the letter …
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama opposes reparations for slavery  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.  —  The man with a serious chance to become the nation's …
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
At Urban League, McCain Faces Skeptics
Zeeshan Haider / Reuters:
Pakistani Taliban deny Zawahri death report  —  ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Taliban spokesman denied on Saturday a U.S. media report that al Qaeda number two, Ayman al Zawahri, might have been killed or wounded in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's border region last Monday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
McCain and N.Y. Times continue a long-running bout
Discussion: Reuters
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
Blue America Welcomes Annette Taddeo
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Pak help for Afghan “militants” is old news
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“Our Man Ailes”  —  Puke: … I will never get over the fact …
conrad.senate.gov:
Conrad, ‘Gang of 10’ Unveil Plan to Reduce Energy Prices
Discussion: Gristmill and The Swamp
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain's Country Music Extravaganza
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
On the Offense  —  I have no idea what the general reception …
Discussion: American Power
Telegraph:
British Muslims ‘fighting with Taliban in Afghanistan’
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama courts white strongholds in his own backyard
Discussion: The Caucus
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
With hawks flying high in Israel, Iran builds bombs at its peril
The Hill:
1. Tall, dark and handsome
Discussion: Think Progress
Andrew / Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
The nonpuzzle of the close election polls