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4:50 PM ET, August 4, 2008


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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 …
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
GOP'ers protest over energy — best show in town
Discussion: Truthdig
Frank James / The Swamp:
Pelosi's oil slick
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Blog entry
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
House Goes Home, but Video Goes Online via Cellphone
Discussion: C-SPAN Recent Video
Randyj /
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 and notes that the Department of Energy makes the same recommendation.
Washington Wire:
Monday Morning Funnies
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain camp amps up tire gauge gag
Discussion: The Jed Report
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama to relaunch energy policy in car country; Update: Tire gauges!
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 …
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 …
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 …
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama:
Barack in Lansing, MI: “We must end the age of oil in our time.”  —  Senator Obama just concluded a major speech in Lansing, Michigan where he addressed our current energy crisis and described our addiction to foreign oil as “central” to all of the major challenges facing us today.
TPM Election Central:
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 …
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
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?
Wall Street Journal:
Companies Tap Pension Plans To Fund Executive Benefits  —  Little-Known Move Uses Tax Break Meant For Rank and File  —  At a time when scores of companies are freezing pensions for their workers, some are quietly converting their pension plans into resources to finance their executives' retirement benefits and pay.
Discussion: The G Spot and Balloon Juice
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Answering McCain's Attacks  —  As a week of name-calling and rapid responses faded into history, political practitioners seemed to agree that John McCain had diminished himself and his straight-talk brand with negative ads and petty misrepresentations.  Yet, surprisingly …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Is Obama Making a Town Hall Mistake?
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Firebombings at Homes of 2 California Researchers  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The police and federal authorities are investigating firebombings at the homes of two researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  —  The attacks, which the university described as “antiscience violence …
Discussion: At-Largely
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 …
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Housing Lenders Fear Bigger Wave of Loan Defaults  —  The first wave of Americans to default on their home mortgages appears to be cresting, but a second, far larger one is quickly building.  —  Homeowners with good credit are falling behind on their payments in growing numbers …
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Mitt For Veep, Stopping Joggers In Their Tracks  —  The veep frenzy is getting crazier by the minute.  One Sleuth informant this morning was certain he had cracked the mystery of who will become John McCain's running mate.  The evidence was a big, glossy poster with Mitt Romney's face on it and the message …
Discussion: Boston Globe
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James Kirchick / The New Republic:
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