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9:50 PM ET, August 4, 2008


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Multiple Oil Company Executives Gave Huge Contributions To Electing McCain Just Days After Offshore Drilling Reversal  —  Ten senior Hess Corporation executives and/or members of the Hess family each gave $28,500 to the joint RNC-McCain fundraising committee, just days after McCain reversed himself …
Obama's Overstatement  —  An Obama ad says McCain's campaign got $2 million from “Big Oil.”  The total is actually $1.3 million.  —  Obama released a TV spot saying McCain's campaign got $2 million from “Big Oil” while McCain proposed “another $4 billion in tax breaks” for the industry.
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
Left Keeps Hammering McCain Oil Ties  —  Left-leaning interest groups, the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama have been hammering away at Republican John McCain over the the Arizona senator's fundraising success with oil companies.
The Caucus:
McCain's Oil Co. Donors
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Dayo Olopade / The New Republic:
Green Gold for McCain
Discussion: Dealbreaker
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
GOP won't let go of its new tire-gauge toy  —  Atrios asked this morning, “Does anyone understand why Obama suggesting that people keep their tires properly inflated is some sort of hilarious gaffe?”  —  I've been trying to figure out the same thing for days.
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters show a slight preference for Barack Obama (46%) over John McCain (43%) if the presidential election were held today, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.  —  The three percentage point advantage …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Rasmussen has Obama and McCain in a tie.  This is troubling.  —  (NOTE FROM JOHN: I've added my thoughts to the end of joe's post.)  —  The trend of the tracking polls hasn't been good of late.  Rasmussen, which is a quite reputable poll, has Obama and McCain tied today — and with leaners …
The Campaign Spot:
Don't Just Hold Up The Tire Gauge And Laugh
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Sun-Times political columnist Robert Novak retires  —  FROM SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS  —  Robert Novak has announced his immediate retirement following the diagnosis of a brain tumor, a prognosis the Sun-Times' political columnist describes as “dire.”  —  “The details are being worked …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Robert Novak Announces Immediate Retirement
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bob Herbert: Why is everyone missing the phallic symbols in McCain's Britney ad?  —  Between this and last week's Godwin-ing of the crowd scenes, I'm honestly curious to see where the left takes the critique next.  One would think they'd either run out of cards to play or would quietly pocket …
Seton Motley /
McCain Not First to Compare Obama to Paris Hilton  —  Editor's Note: Update below the fold.  —  The uproar of the media, serving as adjunct PR firms in defense of their beloved Sen. Barack Obama in response to Sen. John McCain's video comparing the Illinois Senator to Paris Hilton, was deafening.
Discussion: Don Surber and
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Bayh Partisans cancel softball game  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's staff softball team, The Bayh Partisans, has cancelled the game it had scheduled for tomorrow evening with the drug policy team The One Hitters.  Bayh staffer Jonathan Stahler sent One Hitter team captain Kris Krane an e-mail Monday morning citing …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Bil Browning / The Bilerico Project:
Obama will name Bayh his VP choice on Wednesday  —  Updated at the end of the post.  —  I'm going to put my neck out on the line by making a prediction.  Barack Obama will announce his vice-presidential choice Wednesday morning.  It will be Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.
The Hill:
White House says no to special session of Congress  —  The White House has rejected calls from House Republicans that it convene a special session of Congress on energy, saying it wouldn't make a difference.  —  “We don't have plans to call Congress into session — it won't make a difference …
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Obama, in Shift, Urges Tapping Oil From U.S. Reserve
Mark Halperin /
Prepared Remarks of Obama's Energy Speech
Discussion: MyDD, Swampland and Top of the Ticket
Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Boston's birthday gift to Obama  —  Happy Birthday indeed.  —  Boston's biggest names in Democratic politics, once divided into two camps during the presidential primary, united this evening to throw Barack Obama a 47th birthday fund-raiser bash.  —  The event at the swank State Room near Faneuil Hall …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE PLIGHT OF POLITICO — AND EVERYONE ELSE.  —  The success of Politico actually seems like an incredibly discouraging sign for the media.  Here you have this forward-thinking, primarily virtual venture to create a political news organization that marries old-school reporting values …
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain camp amps up tire gauge gag
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Companies Tap Pension Plans To Fund Executive Benefits
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Firebombings at Homes of 2 California Researchers
Discussion: At-Largely and Majikthise
The Prowler / American Spectator:
In and Out of Action
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ON BEING CALLED A ‘RACIST’  —  Next month, I will mark 4 years blogging …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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