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3:05 PM ET, August 4, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Pelosi rips GOP's energy tactic  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday maintained a hard-line stance against offshore drilling and said GOP efforts on the floor to push her toward a vote was “war dance of the hand maidens of the oil companies.”  —  Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would play …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Pelosi's oil slick
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Blog entry
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 …
Discussion: Open Left and Whiskey Fire
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 …
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?
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 …
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
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 and Majikthise
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.
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
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:   McCain has no place for Cheney on GOP podium
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.
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Answering McCain's Attacks
Discussion: The New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Companies Tap Pension Plans To Fund Executive Benefits
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
ON BEING CALLED A ‘RACIST’  —  Next month, I will mark 4 years blogging …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Dept. of Corrections  —  I recently wrote that that J Street …
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William Kristol / New York Times:
How to Pick a V.P.  —  When you try to talk with McCain staffers …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
VP pick may chafe Hillary supporters