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11:50 PM ET, August 5, 2008


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McCain — Paris Is My Energizer Bunny  —  John McCain's mouthpiece has responded to Paris Hilton's stinging retort — but he's not attacking Hiltie!  —  In the unkindest cut of all, McCain's spokesperson Tucker Bounds tells TMZ that on the subject of energy, Paris is deeper than Barack.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Exclusive: Auto Makers Deflate McCain's Ignorant Hot Air On Value Of Proper Tire Inflation  —  In a series of public events today, John McCain has ramped up his disingenuous attack on the impact proper tire inflation can have in saving energy.  At a rally in South Dakota …
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
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fact Check: GOP mocks Obama suggestion to inflate tires …
Discussion: The Swamp, Don Surber and Macsmind
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 …
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 ...
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Queens couple's $61,600 donation to McCain questioned  —  WASHINGTON — Alice Rocchio is an office manager at the New York headquarters of the Hess Corp., drives a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and lives in an apartment in Queens, N.Y., with her husband, Pasquale, an Amtrak foreman.
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
dontgo: A Turning Point for the Right  —  #dontgo is officially a movement.  MoveOn is mobilizing against the House Republicans and the rightosphere this afternoon.  I don't think they've ever done this in response to a grassroots conservative protest.  Something has changed.
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
25 Reasons You May be a Racist  —  The tendency of Obama supporters to see racist impulses behind every criticism of their candidate has evolved into absurdity.  Now even the first black president feels compelled to declare he's not a racist.  By this measure, nearly every American …
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Partners In Grime  —  You only have to breathe the air to understand that these Olympics aren't about sport.  They're about corporate profit, a propaganda stage for the Chinese government, and the moral collapse of the Olympic movement, but the very last thing they're about is excellence or the well-being of the athletes.
Discussion: Cogitamus
Jennifer Chou / Weekly Standard Blog:   China's Missing Link
The Politico:
Tenet statement on Suskind  —  Statement by former CIA director George J. Tenet regarding the publication of “The Way of the World,” by Ron Suskind:  —  New York, New York -  —  I have not yet been afforded the opportunity to read Ron Suskind's latest literary effort.
Iraq's projected $80 billion surplus stirs anger on Hill  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected four-year budget surplus of up to $80 billion, U.S. auditors reported Tuesday.  —  Leading members of Congress …
Discussion: Blog
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Muslim-Outreach Adviser Resigns  —  The Muslim-outreach coordinator to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama has resigned amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and various Islamic groups.  —  Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed volunteer …
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Does Tom Cruise Know About This?  —  The newest McCain ad describes McCain as “the original maverick”:  —  Actually, I think this is a pretty good ad.  It suggests that, at least when he's not cutting nasty spots comparing Obama to Britney and Paris, Steve Schmidt is going to steer McCain …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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 …
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