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1:20 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.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
With Genie Out of Bottle, Obama Is Careful on Race  —  Senator Barack Obama is a man of few rhetorical stumbles, but this week a few of his words opened a racial door his campaign would prefer not to step through.  When Senator John McCain's camp replied by accusing him of playing the race card …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain's Ad Formula Employs Lowest Common Denominator
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: McCain waging ‘cynical’ campaign  —  Sen. Barack Obama today accused the rival presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain of waging a “cynical” campaign, attempting to “distract” voters from the real issues in the race with commercials comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton …
Discussion: LiberalOasis and
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 …
Washington Post:
A Scientist's Quiet Life Took a Darker Turn  —  For most of his career, he was a casting agent's vision of a bench scientist: shy, eccentric, nerdy, soft-spoken.  But sometime this spring, with the FBI closing in on him, Bruce E. Ivins's life took a dark turn that frightened his closest friends.
Discussion: D-Day, The BRAD BLOG and Daimnation!
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.
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.
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 …
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
On the Offense  —  I have no idea what the general reception of McCain's “The One” ad about Barack Obama will be; but I thought it was clever and effective.  Humor is one of the best and most under-utilized assets in a presidential campaign; when a clever and/or humorous charge embodies …
NewsRadio 740 - KTRH:
Bush Family on Rush  —  The Bush family called in to the Rush Limbaugh show this morning.  Listen Here!  —  RUSH: What are...? (interruption) Interrupting for what?  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello!  —  RUSH: Oh, jeez.  The president?  —  THE PRESIDENT: Rush Limbaugh?  —  RUSH: Yes, sir, Mr. President.
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain's Country Music Extravaganza  —  PANAMA CITY, Fla. — “Can I get a yee-haw?”  —  With that, country music star John Rich launched into a spirited “Country First” concert on behalf Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tonight featuring his number-one hit “Lost in This Moment with You” …
Discussion: Raising Kaine and
British Muslims ‘fighting with Taliban in Afghanistan’  —  British Muslims are helping the Taliban in their war against UK soldiers in southern Afghanistan, according to the former commander of Britain's forces in Afghanistan.  —  Brig. Ed Butler, who spent six months commanding British forces …
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
technical difficulties?  must be a lefty conspiracy!  —  skippy junior, as you may know, was the temporary home of skippy international, and eveyone who has made their way there (both of you) were aware that blogger has blogged up and incorrectly “locked” several blogs, which were mistakenly designated as …
Discussion: and The Sideshow
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Conrad, ‘Gang of 10’ Unveil Plan to Reduce Energy Prices
Discussion: Gristmill and The Swamp
New York Times:
‘The Jungle,’ Again  —  A story from the upside-down world of immigration and labor:
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
U.S. Deaths In Iraq Fall To Lowest Of the War
Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama courts white strongholds in his own backyard
Discussion: The Caucus
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Why is Obama foolishly evoking race time after time?
Judith Warner / New York Times:
Camp Codependence  —  I'm sure we all read, with equal parts disgust …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
With hawks flying high in Israel, Iran builds bombs at its peril
Discussion: American Spectator
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Andrew / Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
The nonpuzzle of the close election polls
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Promote ‘Self-Deportation’
Francis Fukuyama & Robert Kagan: The Rise of the Autocracies
Discussion: The American Scene
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp responds: ‘sad...juvenile antics’
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain suggests military-style invasion modeled on the surge …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe: McCain attacks ‘helped our campaign,’ moneywise
Discussion: The Other McCain