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10:50 AM 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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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 …
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Race Card Charges and Campaign Discord Mark Dog Days of Summer  —  Who let the dogs out?  —  Was it Barack Obama, who not so subtly pointed to John McCain and seemingly accused him of trying to scare voters by drawing attention to the fact that Obama doesn't look like (read: he is African American) all the other presidents?
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 …
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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: TIME.com
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.
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Obama says he opposes slavery reparations, apology  —  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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
CBS News:
Exclusive: Al Qaeda No. 2 Injured?  —  Unverified Letter Obtained By CBS News Urgently Requests Doctor To Treat Ayman al Zawahiri  —  (CBS) Ayman al Zawahiri - the second most powerful leader in al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden's No. 2 - may be critically wounded and possibly dead …
The Hill:
1. Tall, dark and handsome  —  Political party: Democrat.  —  Dating status: Married to wife, Beth.  —  Women of all ages and political persuasions swoon when Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) comes near.  During a recent elevator ride in the Rayburn House Office Building …
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp responds: ‘sad...juvenile antics’  —  Barack Obama's campaign responded sharply to a new McCain webad depicting Obama as a parody of a biblical prophet.  —  “It's downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency …
Richard Blair / All Spin Zone:
Anthrax Suspect Kills Self - How Conveeeeeeeenient...  Bruce Ivins, a bioweapons scientist at Ft. Detrick, Md. reportedly killed himself via overdose earlier this week.  He was about to be indicted in connection with the 2001 anthrax attacks (remember those?).
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Telegraph:
British Muslims ‘fighting with Taliban in Afghanistan’
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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
Joe Conason / Salon:
Wanting the White House in the worst way
Discussion: Eunomia
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
CNN:
Sexual assault in military ‘jaw-dropping,’ lawmaker says
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCain Campaign Mocks Obama as Messianic in Web Video
 Earlier Items: 
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
With hawks flying high in Israel, Iran builds bombs at its peril
Discussion: American Spectator
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’
Bloggingheads.tv:
Francis Fukuyama & Robert Kagan: The Rise of the Autocracies
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
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Barack Obama gets backing from Boris Johnson
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Guerilla Congress  —  I just got back a short while ago …