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2:05 PM ET, August 3, 2008

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Rasmussen Reports:
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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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: TMZ.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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Reaction and Think Progress
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalists, their lying sources, and the anthrax investigation  —  (updated below)  —  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 in obfuscating …
Discussion: Daily Kos and American Thinker
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: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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 and Connecting.the.Dots
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
‘Bomb Bomb Iran’?  Not Likely.  —  Analysts speculate about the danger of a U.S. or Israeli military attack on Iran before the Bush administration departs office next January.  But if you read the tea leaves carefully, the evidence is actually pointing in the opposite direction.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Israel Matzav
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
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:   In veep search, McCain asks Cantor for records
 
 
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
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Alan Brinkley / New York Times:
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Ellen Gamerman / Wall Street Journal:
When Voters Lie  —  It's a given that people fib in surveys …
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Right Gears Up to Fight “Armageddon of the Culture War”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and D-Day