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9:25 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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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 and Don Surber
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 ...
Discussion: American Street and The G Spot
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Topless in Sturgis  —  Meanwhile, at a biker rally in Sturgis, S.D., John McCain appears to have volunteered his wife for a topless beauty pageant: … As a reader e-mails, “Miss Buffalo Chip has ‘been known to feature topless women’ in the same way that Guns and Ammo magazine has been known to feature firearms.”
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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Bob Considine / MSNBC:
Author claims White House knew Iraq had no WMD  —  Journalist Ron Suskind says Bush ordered forgery linking Saddam, al-Qaeda  —  President Bush committed an impeachable offense by ordering the CIA to to manufacture a false pretense for the Iraq war in the form of a backdated …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Did White House fake link between Saddam and Al Qaeda?
Discussion: OneNewsNow.com and Amygdala
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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Washington Post:
Anthrax Dryer a Key To Probe
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.
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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 …
Michael Fechter / Articles by the Investigative …:
Ex-Presidential Candidate Advocates Stalking Prosecutor  —  Mike Gravel, a former two-term senator from Alaska and fringe Democratic and Libertarian presidential candidate, urged people to stalk a federal prosecutor and his family in order to get criminal contempt charges dropped against Sami Al-Arian …
Associated Press:
Man heckles Obama about Pledge of Allegiance … BEREA, Ohio (AP) - A man who wore press credentials and took photographs from a platform interrupted Barack Obama's town-hall meeting Tuesday by shouting complaints that the Democratic presidential candidate had not called for the audience to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Vodkapundit
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%.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Washington Wire:
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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
Jennifer Chou / Weekly Standard Blog:
China's Missing Link
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 not retroactive, Jerry Brown says
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
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Fox News:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAN TAKE THE BLOG FROM THE BOY...  The blogless life was going okay …
Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
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Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Problem Isn't Bush
Discussion: Commentary and MSNBC
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