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2:20 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 …
Melissa McEwan / Guardian:   Linking Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was calculated
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: McCain waging ‘cynical’ campaign  —  by Mark Silva and updated with McCain response.  —  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 …
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 …
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Anthrax scientist Bruce Ivins stood to benefit from a panic  —  The suspect in deadly mailings, who killed himself this week as the FBI closed in, could have collected patent royalties on an anthrax vaccine.  —  Bruce E. Ivins, the government biodefense scientist linked to the deadly anthrax mailings …
Discussion: The New Republic and Gothamist
Washington Post:
A Scientist's Quiet Life Took a Darker Turn
Discussion: D-Day, The BRAD BLOG and Daimnation!
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 …
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
At Urban League, McCain Faces Skeptics
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain suggests military-style invasion modeled on the surge …
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.
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 …
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer and
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“Our Man Ailes”  —  Puke: … I will never get over the fact …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Media Matters for America:
Rather than acknowledge flaws in Obama column, Wash. Post 's …
Discussion: D-Day
Conrad, ‘Gang of 10’ Unveil Plan to Reduce Energy Prices
Discussion: Gristmill and The Swamp
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain's Country Music Extravaganza
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
technical difficulties? must be a lefty conspiracy!
British Muslims ‘fighting with Taliban in Afghanistan’
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Promote ‘Self-Deportation’
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp responds: ‘sad...juvenile antics’