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5:55 AM ET, August 3, 2008


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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.
Washington Post / The Trail:
Obama says McCain Camp Turned Comment Into ‘Racially Incendiary Remark’
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama calls McCain ‘cynical,’ not racist
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Obama Concedes Racial Dimension to ‘Dollar Bill’ …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and American Spectator
Associated Press:   Obama calls McCain campaign ‘cynical’
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 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
In veep search, McCain considers Va. congressman  —  RICHMOND, Va. - John McCain's campaign has asked Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor for personal documents as the Republican presidential candidate steps up his search for a running mate, The Associated Press has learned.
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Jed Report
Ari /   FACT CHECK: McCain Opposed Federal MLK Holiday, Arizona MLK Holiday …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:   John McCain and the Art of the Big Lie
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
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Right Gears Up For “Armageddon of the Culture War”  —  PFAW's Right Wing Watch: … The collective paranoia of the Religious Right is downright scary; everything is a jihad for them.  Tom DeLay, that poster child for the Religious Right's grasp on ethics and walking in His shoes (/snark) …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Right strategy, wrong candidate?  —  Even a good strategy has to match the candidate  —  WASHINGTON - The hardest thing to do in politics is campaign as someone you aren't.  —  People can spot an imposter from a mile away.  —  The most successful politicians are the ones who embrace …
Discussion: The Swamp and Eunomia
The Inquisitr:
Site Meter causing Internet Explorer failure  —  Traffic measuring tool Sitemeter is blocking users of Internet Explorer from accessing sites using the service.  —  According to a tip to The Inquisitr, the problem happens when anybody using Internet Explorer tries to open any sites …
Alex Leo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Blames Rise of Internet on New York Times Editorial Board  —  John McCain shoved his spokesperson out into the fray today and armed him with these words about the New York Times: … This is kind of like saying the price of oil is on the rise because people like the smell of gasoline.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:   McCain and N.Y. Times continue a long-running bout
Fox News:
Obama Backs Away From McCain Town Hall Challenge  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Saturday backed away from rival John McCain's challenge for a series of joint appearances before the political conventions, agreeing only to the standard three debates in the fall.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Emanuel to be Obama's debate negotiator
Ellen Gamerman / Wall Street Journal:
When Voters Lie  —  It's a given that people fib in surveys, and this election season is especially tricky with race looming as an issue.  How pollsters are trying to uncover the truth. Please respond to the following statement:  —  People lie on polls:  —  Strongly agree  —  Agree somewhat
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
Immigrants Deported, by U.S. Hospitals  —  JOLOMCÚ, Guatemala — High in the hills of Guatemala, shut inside the one-room house where he spends day and night on a twin bed beneath a seriously outdated calendar, Luis Alberto Jiménez has no idea of the legal battle that swirls around him in the lowlands of Florida.
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Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Where Have You Gone, John?  —  His zesty attacks on corporate greed …
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: The Sideshow and Eschaton
Lawrence K. Altman / New York Times:
U.S. Study Says H.I.V. Infection Is 40% Higher Than Estimated
Discussion: Truthdig
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Defiant Chinese Harassed, Jailed Before Olympics
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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Media Matters for America:
Rather than acknowledge flaws in Obama column, Wash. Post 's …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Stanley Kurtz / Weekly Standard:
Barack Obama's Lost Years
Discussion: American Power and Eunomia
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain's Country Music Extravaganza

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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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