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6:55 PM ET, August 5, 2008

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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Pushes Back on GOP Tire Pressure Attack: “It's Like These Guys Take Pride in Being Ignorant”  —  At a town hall meeting in Berea , Ohio, today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, pushed back against the GOP attack on his advice to a voter last week that having a tuned up car and fully inflated tires would help save energy.
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Michael Grunwald / Time:
The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke  —  How out of touch is Barack Obama?  He's so out of touch that he suggested that if all Americans inflated their tires properly and took their cars for regular tune-ups, they could save as much oil as new offshore drilling would produce.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama responds: 'It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant"  —  Also in Berea, Obama (defended his remark about inflating tires, a first response to the favorite Republican attack of the moment, which he'd ignored for a few days as the GOP mailed gas gauges to reporters.
Discussion: The Swamp
Frank James / The Swamp:   Is McCain's tire-gauge ridicule wrong?
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fact Check: GOP mocks Obama suggestion to inflate tires …
Discussion: Don Surber
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New poll shows Obama losing support among young, women  —  Barack Obama has lost ground among some of his strongest bases of support, including young people, women, Democrats and independents, according to a new ATV/Zogby poll.  —  The Illinois Democrat has also lost some support among African-Americans …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Where's the Landslide?  —  Why isn't Barack Obama doing better?  Why, after all that has happened, does he have only a slim two- or three-point lead over John McCain, according to an average of the recent polls?  Why is he basically tied with his opponent when his party is so far ahead?
Alex Castellanos / The Huffington Post:
The Molten Core of Barack: Why Obama Can't Win  —  In which science-fiction movie do aliens visit the people of earth and insist, “Take me to your leader”?  If they landed today, America's news media would direct them to Barack Obama, the first American to run a global campaign for President.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 4-Point Advantage  —  Registered voters prefer Obama to McCain by 47% to 43%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on registered voters' presidential preferences shows Barack Obama with a modest four percentage point advantage over John McCain, 47% to 43%.
Discussion: Associated Press
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain makes the rounds at biker rally  —  STURGIS, South Dakota (CNN) - Standing on the main stage at a world famous motorcycle rally in rural South Dakota on Monday, John McCain looked out on a sea of denim-wearing bikers and told them he enjoyed their company much more than that of the 200,000 Germans …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TAKE MY WIFE, PLEASE!  —  We're trying to find out a bit more about the Bikini Beauty Pageant at the Buffalo Chip, where John McCain showed up and offered up wife Cindy as a contestant.  ESPN says the event is topless and “occasionally bottomless”.  Actually their description is worth quoting in full ...
The Politico:
Pelosi: At-risk Dems back drilling  —  California Democrat Nancy Pelosi may be trying to save the planet — but the rank and file in her party increasingly are just trying to save their political hides when it comes to gas prices as Republicans apply more and more rhetorical muscle.
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Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Republicans Protest Congressional Vacation as Gas Prices Soar
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
GOP: Oil markets ‘responding’ to our protest
Discussion: Human Events, Daily Kos and Gristmill
Richard Spertzel / Wall Street Journal:
Bruce Ivins Wasn't the Anthrax Culprit  —  Over the past week the media was gripped by the news that the FBI was about to charge Bruce Ivins, a leading anthrax expert, as the man responsible for the anthrax letter attacks in September/October 2001.  —  But despite the seemingly powerful narrative …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Salon Radio: Rep. Rush Holt on anthrax
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Bayh: Obama hasn't asked me to join ticket  —  Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told The Indianapolis Star today that Sen. Barack Obama has not asked him to be his running mate and that he's not expecting Obama to announce his vice presidential pick when Obama is in Indiana Wednesday.
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Did White House fake link between Saddam and Al Qaeda?  —  First, former CIA Director George Tenet told the president it was a “slam dunk” that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  Then came efforts by the Bush White House to discredit critics, like ambassador Joe Wilson, who questioned the wisdom of going to war in Iraq.
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Gordon Lubold / Christian Science Monitor:
U.S. ARMY HOPES TO KEEP NATIVE ARABIC SPEAKERS  —  Incentives likely to include large payments to soldiers now working as translators. … The Army may begin paying a retention bonus of as much as $150,000 to Arabic speaking soldiers in reflection of how critical it has become for the US military …
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Campaign 08: Accused of Acting White to Win  —  Last week, I reported for the Huffington Post that country singer Toby Keith had performed a pro-lynching anthem on the Colbert Report, and would be playing the same song soon on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a slew of nationally televised talk shows.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
My Bet With Francis Fukuyama  —  No matter what happens in November, the war in Iraq will not be brought to an end by either Barack Obama or John McCain.  The war in Iraq is over.  We've won.  —  Exhibit A for my claim: Francis Fukuyama has agreed to write me a check for $100.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAN TAKE THE BLOG FROM THE BOY...  The blogless life was going okay for Matt Yglesias until he ran across the Pollack, O'Hanlon, and Biddle op-ed from Foreign Affairs and got on Gchat: … That guy should get a blog.  Possibly at the Center for American Progress.
Jennifer Chou / Weekly Standard Blog:
China's Missing Link  —  Last Thursday the free world plunged into an uproar as it learned that the 20,000 journalists covering the Olympics in Beijing were not getting the full Internet access that China and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had promised.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Iranian Bomb  —  I suggested that the world could live with it …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Eunomia
Kevin / LA Observed:
Obama fundraiser in Switzerland
Dan Balz / The Trail:
Obama and McCain Looking Out for No. 2
Discussion: TIME.com
Associated Press:
Man heckles Obama about Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: Hot Air and Vodkapundit
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 not retroactive, Jerry Brown says
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Kerry: McCain is ‘dangerous’ for the country
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The Power of Oprah to help Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
It's Not Oil Supply — It's the High Fear Hype!
 Earlier Items: 
Deacon / Power Line:
MINNESOTA DREAMING  —  Scott and John do most of the original reporting …
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
Tyson Plant Drops Labor Day for Muslim Holiday
Discussion: The Corner and Unfogged
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Government Has $79 Billion in Unspent Cash
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
“The Next Cheney”  —  That's the name of the DNC's website devoted …
Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Dana Milbank And Unhappy Endings
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Critical of McCain, Obama quiet on own energy vote
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Problem Isn't Bush
Discussion: Commentary and MSNBC
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Going for Gold? McCain Makes $6 Million Olympic Buy