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2:55 PM ET, August 3, 2008

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Only 22% Say McCain Ad Racist, But Over Half (53%) See Obama Dollar-bill Comment That Way  —  Sixty-nine percent (69%) of the nation's voters say they've seen news coverage of the McCain campaign commercial that includes images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and suggests that Barack Obama is a celebrity just like them.
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Sen. John Kerry / MSNBC:
‘Meet the Press’ transcript for August 3, 2008  —  Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell, Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd, Judy Woodruff  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: The battle for the White House takes on the most negative tone yet.  —  Narrator #1: (From political ad) He's the biggest celebrity in the world.
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain, Barack Obama: Tied again  —  The short-lived bounce of Barack Obama's European tour is gone, and the presidential contest between Obama and John McCain has settled back down to a dead-heat, in the measure of the daily tracking surveys of the Gallup Poll.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
John Kerry rebukes Wesley Clark on Meet the Press: Brokaw loses his memory too  —  In one segment Kerry can be really good on NBC and then be equally bad the next.  On Meet the Press today, Tom Brokaw asked John Kerry about Wesley Clark's Face the Nation segment.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Meet The Press: John Kerry Asks Where's McCain's Respectful Campaign …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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 …
Kathy Hilton / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Celebrity Ad: Frivolous, A Waste Of Money, A Waste Of Time  —  I've been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad.  I actually have three responses.  It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign.
Discussion: Political Punch and TMZ.com
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Global Warming Did It!  Well, Maybe Not.  —  We're stuck on the notion that climate change is the culprit every time a natural disaster strikes.  But that's just muddying the waters.  —  We're heading into the heart of hurricane season, and any day now, a storm will barrel toward the United States …
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's tech deficit poses problem  —  John McCain's low comfort level with the Internet, a technology familiar to 73 percent of American adults, poses a political problem for his campaign and exacerbates mostly unspoken concerns about his age.  It also contains an element of irony: In 2000 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Hello To All That Again  —  Here you have the current message of the McCain campaign from no less an authority than Rick Davis: … They really played the arugula card?  For all McCain's personal qualities, we're learning that the machine behind the GOP simply re-makes the campaign in its own Coulterite image.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
McCain, the Analog Candidate  —  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: TBogg
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists, their lying sources, and the anthrax investigation  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The death of government scientist Bruce Ivins has generated far more questions about the anthrax attacks than it has answered.  I want to return to the role the establishment media played …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Central: Peace, Harmony and Deep Secrecy  —  CHICAGO — The bustling Obama headquarters on North Michigan Avenue invites comparisons to a start-up, teeming with young people in jeans clutching BlackBerrys as they walk through the halls.  Yet in Democratic circles, another …
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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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
 
 
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Alan Brinkley / New York Times:
Black Sites  —  Within hours of the attacks on the World Trade Center …
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Clinton Embraces Return to Ambassador Role
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