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9:50 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 …
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
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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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.
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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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
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
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Ari / ProgressiveAccountability.org:
FACT CHECK: McCain Opposed Federal MLK Holiday, Arizona MLK Holiday …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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”
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 and TBogg
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
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
VEEP WATCH: AN INDIANA LAY OVER  —  From NBC's Mark Hudspeth and NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  On the Veepwatch front, nothing's on Obama's schedule yet, but the traveling press registration e-mail has us flying to South Bend at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and not leaving until 3:25 p.m. the next day.
Discussion: Open Left
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 …
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Feds now arrest your laptops at border
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
The Story the Campaign Pictures Tell
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Ellen Gamerman / Wall Street Journal:
When Voters Lie  —  It's a given that people fib in surveys …
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Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
Where Have You Gone, John?  —  His zesty attacks on corporate greed …
Alex Leo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Blames Rise of Internet on New York Times Editorial Board
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Lawrence K. Altman / New York Times:
U.S. Study Says H.I.V. Infection Is 40% Higher Than Estimated
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