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11:55 AM ET, August 4, 2008

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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 …
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 …
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
The Phantom Session, Part II
Discussion: Balloon Juice and American Thinker
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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ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton Has Regrets on Campaign for Wife  —  Insists, ‘I Am Not a Racist,’ Despite Anger Over His S.C. Comments  —  In his first broadcast interview since his wife dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, former President Bill Clinton said he still has regrets, and insisted he's …
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 …
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.
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Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
Jean C. Duley... tell us again...
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Anthrax Evidence Is Called Circumstantial
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Anthrax Vaccine
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.
Randyj / TIME.com:
Republicans to Mock Obama With Tire Gauges  —  McCain supporters in Michigan will distribute tire gauges at Obama's energy speech in Lansing.  —  The RNC will also deliver gauges reading “Obama's energy plan” to Washington newsrooms.  —  An allusion to Obama's call last week for drivers to keep their tires inflated.
CNN:
Obama ad attacks McCain, helps launch ‘Energy Week’  —  From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser, CNN's Steve Brusk  —  (CNN) — The Obama campaign is out with a new television commercial this morning which outlines some of candidate's energy proposals, including what it says is a …
Nitya / Political Radar:
Obama-Bayh Team Up for Injured Vets  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Matthew Jaffe report: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., along with rumored vice-presidential possibility Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and eight other senators, wrote Monday to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging …
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael T. Kaufman / New York Times:
Solzhenitsyn, Literary Giant Who Defied Soviets, Dies at 89  —  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose stubborn, lonely and combative literary struggles gained the force of prophecy as he revealed the heavy afflictions of Soviet Communism in some of the most powerful works of the 20th century, died late on Sunday at the age of 89 in Moscow.
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Telegraph:
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, voice of the gulag
 
 
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Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama: tap nation's oil reserve to help gas prices
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Corrente
Allan Turner / Houston Chronicle:
Medellin set to die Tuesday for Ertman-Peña killings
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New book: Obama a lefty, not a reformer
Wall Street Journal:
What Is a ‘Windfall’ Profit?
Washington Post:
Reliably GOP State Is Up for Grabs
Discussion: TIME.com
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Housing Collapse Ahead?
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Michael J. Totten:
An Israeli in Kosovo  —  Imagine what would happen to a handful …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Slow-Mo Meltdown  —  A year ago, as the outlines …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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William Kristol / New York Times:
How to Pick a V.P.  —  When you try to talk with McCain staffers …
Michael / Discourse.net:
New Low For McCain Campaign: Obama == The Anti-Christ
 

 
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Jake Kanter / Deadline:
A group of top journalists, including from CNN, BBC, and CBS, sign an open letter asking Israel and Egypt to provide foreign media “unfettered access” to Gaza

 
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