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5:50 PM ET, August 2, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Obama calls McCain campaign ‘cynical’
Discussion: MSNBC
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: McCain waging ‘cynical’ campaign
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 …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Web Sites Using SiteMeter Are Crashing with Internet Explorer  —  A number of web sites that use SiteMeter tracking code to monitor the number of visitors to their site are reporting that the code is causing Internet Explorer browsers to crash when users visit their sites.
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 …
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?
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Powell / New York Times:
With Genie Out of Bottle, Obama Is Careful on Race
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 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
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
McCain and N.Y. Times continue a long-running bout  —  WASHINGTON - It is a tradition at many kitchen tables to yell at the newspaper.  At John McCain's kitchen table, it is becoming a tradition to yell at one paper in particular: The New York Times.  —  The latest dustup between …
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Discussion: Wake up America and Gateway Pundit
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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Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain's Country Music Extravaganza
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
On the Offense  —  I have no idea what the general reception …
Discussion: American Power
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