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1:50 PM ET, August 4, 2008

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Susan Page / USA Today:
Pelosi firm: No vote on offshore drilling  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it.  —  The scramble over expanded drilling …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
House GOP's oil-drilling protest resumes  —  Scores of Republican House members will return to the Hill today, despite Congress being on recess, to engage in legislative guerrilla tactics meant to turn the screws on Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has so far refused to allow a vote on domestic oil drilling …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Pelosi's oil slick
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.
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Randyj / TIME.com:
Both Sides Inflate Tire Pressure Battle  —  The Obama team defends the Democrat's call for drivers to properly inflate their tires in order to conserve gas.  —  Campaign e-mails reporters a favorable story from NASCAR.com and notes that the Department of Energy makes the same recommendation.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rerouting McCain's Bus  —  Frustrations Lead Campaign To Limit Reporters' Access  —  KANSAS CITY While the traveling press corps was shipped off to a barbecue restaurant here, John McCain charmed his way through an interview with a local TV reporter.  Surae Chinn of KCTV posed such less …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and FishBowlDC
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
VP pick may chafe Hillary supporters  —  Many of the foremost activists in the women's movement ardently believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton should be Barack Obama's running mate — and primary wounds that are just beginning to heal may be torn back open should the Democratic nominee select someone else, as it seems very likely he will.
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Wall Street Journal:
What Is a ‘Windfall’ Profit?  —  The “windfall profits” tax is back, with Barack Obama stumping again to apply it to a handful of big oil companies.  Which raises a few questions: What is a “windfall” profit anyway?  How does it differ from your everyday, run of the mill profit?
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain likely to let Obama choose VP first  —  John McCain's extended circle is divided on whether he should announce his running mate in the immediate days ahead—but the Republican is more likely to wait for Barack Obama to announce his choice first, according to advisers.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
In and Out of Action  —  UNCONVENTIONAL  —  Vice President Dick Cheney will not make an appearance at the Republican convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul next month, according to sources in his office.  Cheney has not sought a speaking slot at the convention, nor has his staff sought a role for him at the convention.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:   McCain has no place for Cheney on GOP podium
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's crime?  Acting too presidential  —  So the pundits' verdict is in: Obama is too confident.  It all would be funny if many people didn't seem to be inhaling this multimedia stink bomb as if it were fragrant truth.  —  America, meet Barack The Arrogant.
Washington Post:
Obama Leads, Pessimism Reigns Among Key Group  —  Democratic Sen. Barack Obama holds a 2 to 1 edge over Republican Sen. John McCain among the nation's low-wage workers, but many are unconvinced that either presidential candidate would be better than the other at fixing the ailing economy …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ON BEING CALLED A ‘RACIST’  —  Next month, I will mark 4 years blogging about politics, culture, government, and the human comedy/tragedy that one finds on the internet - specifically liberals and their never ending quest to redefine terms and twist language, making it a willing servant to their political agenda.
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Is Obama Underachieving?  —  In an article in today's Los Angeles Times, I examine the widespread notion that Barack Obama has been ‘underachieving’, especially relative to the performance of a Generic Democrat.  —  My conclusion is that this characterization is a bit misleading.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New book: Obama a lefty, not a reformer  —  The first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal.  —  “The Case Against Barack Obama,” by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine …
The New Republic:
What's in a Name?  —  As Beijing gears up to host this year's Olympic Games, we asked Perry Link, professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, to give us his perspective on how China is responding to the challenge.  He will be guest-blogging for us over the next few weeks:
 
 
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TPM Election Central:
Multiple Oil Company Executives Gave Maximum To McCain Just Days …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Rasmussen has Obama and McCain in a tie. This is troubling.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Answering McCain's Attacks
Discussion: The New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Companies Tap Pension Plans To Fund Executive Benefits
Discussion: The G Spot
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Firebombings at Homes of 2 California Researchers
Discussion: Majikthise
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Dept. of Corrections  —  I recently wrote that that J Street …
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Knights Templar To Sue Pope
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama: Tap nation's oil reserve to help gas prices
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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CNN:
Obama ad attacks McCain, helps launch ‘Energy Week’
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
The Race Issue Isn't Going Away
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Slow-Mo Meltdown  —  A year ago, as the outlines …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
William Kristol / New York Times:
How to Pick a V.P.  —  When you try to talk with McCain staffers …
 

 
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