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6:10 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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain camp amps up tire gauge gag
Discussion: The Jed Report
Washington Wire:
Monday Morning Funnies
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: The Democratic Daily and Truthdig
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.
Mark Halperin /
Prepared Remarks of Obama's Energy Speech
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, Swampland and MyDD
Frank James / The Swamp:
Pelosi's oil slick  —  It was hard to not get twisted up in pretzel knots listening to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose explanation on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” about why she hasn't allowed a vote on Republican energy legislation that would ease restrictions on offshore drilling was, to be polite, confusing.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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 …
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
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 …
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Is Obama Making a Town Hall Mistake?  —  Even though it's pretty clearly not going to happen, Fred Hiatt argues that Obama should agree to those town hall debates with McCain.  Moments like this make me think it's not as crazy an idea as Noam believes; I don't want to be ageist …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Answering McCain's Attacks
Cernig /
Knights Templar To Sue Pope  —  I just spotted a report that isn't politics, just interesting to me as I've a long-standing interest in the various Templar conspiracy theories.  They're such fun.  —  A self-proclaimed successor group to the famous Knights Templar are to sue the Pope …
Fiona Govan / Telegraph:
Knights Templar heirs in legal battle with the Pope
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.
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
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 …
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Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Dept. of Corrections  —  I recently wrote that that J Street …
 Earlier Items: 
Nate /
Is Obama Underachieving?  —  In an article in today's Los Angeles Times …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Slow-Mo Meltdown  —  A year ago, as the outlines …
Discussion: D-Day and Paul Krugman
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's crime? Acting too presidential
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Housing Lenders Fear Bigger Wave of Loan Defaults