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3:14 AM ET, August 2, 2008

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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House, turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.  —  Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Confederate Yankee:
Obama's Netroots Supporters Continue “Blog Burning”  —  Let's Party Like It's 1933.  —  Tell me once more how progressives love free speech. … Online activists thought to be loyal to Barack Obama are once against using Google's software tools to target rival political blogs for elimination as spam blogs.
Edward Epstein / CQ.com:
House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy  —  The C-SPAN cameras were gone and the microphones were off, but that didn't stop a small group of Republicans from taking over the floor after the House adjourned for five weeks to attack Democrats for leaving town without doing something to lower gas prices.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Bizarre Scene on the House Floor
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Guerilla Congress  —  I just got back a short while ago …
Elana Schor / Guardian:   US Republican Congressmen refuse to leave
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Obama Aide Concedes ‘Dollar Bill’ Remark Referred to His Race  —  Obama Strategist Calls McCain's Attack Ad Insulting; McCain Camp Defends It  —  Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans …
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Dan Balz / The Trail:
Race Card Charges and Campaign Discord Mark Dog Days of Summer
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TIME.com
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:   The Low-Road Warrior  —  Mudslinging will damage McCain's brand …
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Obama responds to race card charge
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama explains ‘dollar bill’ line
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes
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 …
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Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Al Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri Dead!?!  (Bumped)  —  Stratfor reports that the United States is attempting to verify rumors coming out of Pakistan that al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a July 28 Predator airstrike.  —  Intelligence sources told The Jawa Report last week …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Obama shifts, says he may back offshore drilling  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.
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St. Petersburg Times:
Considering new energy plan, Obama softens stance on drilling  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Long an opponent of offshore drilling, Sen. Barack Obama offered encouraging words for a bipartisan energy plan that would permit oil drilling within 50 miles of Florida's west coast.
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.
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RushLimbaugh.com:
The Bush Family Calls Rush
Discussion: News Hounds and Think Progress
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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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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Tied at 44%  —  Registered voters evenly split in their support for Obama versus McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.
Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State:
The nonpuzzle of the close election polls  —  The economy is going badly, Bush is unpopular, so why is Obama up only slightly in the polls?  This is the question that is (currently) puzzling the political world.  A quick answer: the economy isn't going so badly by historical standards …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain's Ad Formula Employs Lowest Common Denominator  —  In a celebrity-driven culture that has left little space for John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate has decided to go tabloid.  —  By featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in an attack ad against Barack Obama …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe: McCain attacks ‘helped our campaign,’ moneywise  —  In a video sent to donors, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says the campaign received 100,000 contributions yesterday, a third of them from first-time donors.  —  “I think John McCain has harmed himself in the last week …
 
 
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The Hill:
1. Tall, dark and handsome
Discussion: Think Progress
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Promote ‘Self-Deportation’
Bloggingheads.tv:
Francis Fukuyama & Robert Kagan: The Rise of the Autocracies
Gavin M. / Sadly, No!:
Even Worseness: The Even-Worsening
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain suggests military-style invasion modeled on the surge …
Discussion: Political Radar
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
Barack Obama gets backing from Boris Johnson
Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Our Stereotypes Straight
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HOW IT WORKS  —  Let's see how this works.  McCain runs …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Blooper: Hannity punks himself on anti-McCain Campain ad.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
“The One”  —  Today the McCain campaign continued to skewer Barack …
Marc Ambinder:
Arizona News Station Airs Spot Questioning McCain's Chances In AZ
Ben / Think Progress:
Judge on Rove's citizen arrest: 'It's about time.'
Discussion: Iowa Politics
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA, INTERRUPTED  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli and NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Hil, no!  Don't nominate me  —  Hillary Clinton has decided …
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Too Fit to Be President?  —  Facing an Overweight Electorate …