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11:20 AM ET, August 3, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Mr. Darcy Comes Courting  —  It is a truth universally acknowledged that Barack Obama must continue to grovel to Hillary Clinton's dead-enders, some of whom mutter darkly that they will not only not vote for him, they will never vote for a man again.  —  Obama met for an hour Tuesday …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Hail to the Twitterer  —  Washington — Big surprise: a lot of smarty-pants computer types have been snickering at John McCain lately.  —  The self-described “Neanderthal” of the Grand Old Party (emphasis, old) has been catching flack for admitting that he is no techno-geek.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama taps Rep. Emanuel for debate negotiations  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign agreed to three debates against rival John McCain this fall and announced that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) will handle the Illinois senator's negotiations.  —  In a letter to the Presidential Commission on Debates …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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The Politico:
McCain is vetting Cantor  —  The McCain campaign is vetting Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) as a potential vice-presidential candidate, a campaign adviser told Politico on Saturday.  —  Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is a top running-mate prospect for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), opening up the possibility …
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Bob Lewis / Associated Press:   Va. congressman vetted as possible McCain veep
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why Pakistan is unlikely to crack down on Islamic militants  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and its allies are pressing Pakistan to end its support for Afghan insurgents linked to al Qaida, but Pakistani generals are unlikely to be swayed because they increasingly see their interests diverging …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Why Pakistan's Military Won't Change Its Ways Easily  —  Following on from my earlier posts, here's McClatchy's Jonathan Landay with a great bit of analysis. … Chamberlain, who was Dubya's pick as US ambassador, has the same kind of trained forgetory as Lisa Schiffren.
Associated Press:
Lawsuit against Nancy Grace, CNN moves ahead  —  OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that claims CNN's Nancy Grace pushed the mother of a missing toddler to suicide through aggressive questioning.  —  CNN and Grace argued the wrongful death lawsuit brought …
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
Eight Years Ago Today: Bush's Broken Promise  —  Eight years ago today, George W. Bush uttered the now broken promise that has come to define his failed presidency.  Accepting his party's nomination, Governor Bush promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the White House.
Discussion: Think Progress
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Clinton Embraces Return to Ambassador Role  —  After the Bitter Primaries, He Calls Charity ‘My Life’  —  There will be no Clinton restoration — not this year, at least.  But the rehabilitation of Bill Clinton has begun.  —  The former president in many ways ended the Democratic primary campaign …
Discussion: TIME.com
Jennifer Finney Boylan / New York Times:
The XY Games  —  Belgrade Lakes, Me.  —  IN the 1936 Olympic Games, the sprinter Stella Walsh — running for Poland and known as the fastest woman in the world — was beaten by Helen Stephens of St. Louis, who set a world record by running 100 meters in 11.4 seconds.
Discussion: Althouse and NewsBusters.org
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
McCain: The original political celebrity  —  If Barack Obama gave new meaning to the term “political celebrity,” then John McCain helped define it.  —  He emerged as the most popular Republican in Hollywood following his 2000 presidential primary defeat, winning more screen time than the rest of Congress combined.
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
The Story the Campaign Pictures Tell  —  Barack Obama may be only eight points ahead of John McCain in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, but he's creaming McCain in the number of pictures and stories published in The Post in the past two months.  —  First, photos.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
McCain Lies About His Support For MLK Jr. Day in Arizona  —  Liar, liar, Grampa McSame pants on fire.  Clearly, McCain is not used to the YouTube generation where you can no longer lie without a bunch of bloggers furiously fact-checking.  And the facts for McCain, they don't look so good.
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Right Gears Up to Fight “Armageddon of the Culture War”  —  For two hours earlier this week, pastors gathered at more than 200 sites throughout California, Arizona, and Florida to be exhorted by national Religious Right leaders like Tony Perkins, Harry Jackson, Maggie Gallagher …
Discussion: D-Day
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:   Right Gears Up For “Armageddon of the Culture War”
 
 
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
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Discussion: Open Left
Ellen Gamerman / Wall Street Journal:
When Voters Lie  —  It's a given that people fib in surveys …
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Alex Leo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Blames Rise of Internet on New York Times Editorial Board
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