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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
[POLE AXED] OR NOT  —  TPM Reader RY keeps us posted ...  Here's the video:  —  Late Update: A reader writes in to dispute that Tapper looks “pole axed” in response to Gergen's comment.  And looking again he may be right, though it's possible he was pole axed on the inside.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
David Gergen: McCain's “Moses” ad is code for calling Obama “uppity”  —  In which the single dumbest, most paranoid racial charge of the campaign is recycled on national television by a former presidential advisor and current Harvard professor.  I said it before but it bears repeating …
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 22% Say McCain Ad Racist, But Over Half (53%) See Obama …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN, RIP: Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian dissident and exposer of communist crimes, has passed away.  —  In books such as The Gulag Archipelago and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, he did more than any other Russian writer to expose the crimes of communism.
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CNN:
Russian dissident, novelist Solzhenitsyn dead  —  (CNN) — The Russian novelist and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whose works detailed the Soviet labor camp system, has died at 89, Russian news agencies reported Monday.  —  Awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 for “The First Circle …
Guardian:
Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies aged 89
Discussion: protein wisdom and Liberty Street
Douglas Birch / Associated Press:   Solzhenitsyn, chronicler of Soviet gulag, dies
Allison O'Keefe / CBS News:
O-Force One  —  From CBS News' Allison O'Keefe:  —  Barack Obama's new campaign plane is nothing short of grand.  Well, for the candidate that is.  —  Obama's section of the plane rivals that of any first class.  Recently the front cabin of the Boeing 757 was retrofitted to install four individual chairs that resemble La-Z-Boys.
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.
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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.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Meet The Press: John Kerry Asks Where's McCain's Respectful Campaign …
Discussion: Liberty Street
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Republicans go back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices  —  Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama Wants Full Voting Rights for Florida and Michigan Delegates  —  It seems like another lifetime ago, but remember all the fuss about Michigan and Florida?  —  After those states held their primaries in violation of Democratic Party rules, the party cracked down on them and said their delegates …
Associated Press:
Poll finds little support for Obama  —  TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A new poll found little support among Oklahoma voters for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.  —  The Oklahoma Poll found that Republican John McCain has broad support in the state to lead Obama by 32%age points, 56% to 24%.
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 …
LATimes / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain may turn to Virginia for a VP candidate  —  First came speculation that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine was on Barack Obama's short list for the Democrats' vice presidential nod.  —  Today, the Associated Press is reporting that John McCain's campaign has asked another son of the Old Dominion …
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Slate To Revive The Senate
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:   McCain, the Analog Candidate
 
 
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