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8:40 AM ET, August 5, 2008


 Top Items:
Obama's Overstatement  —  An Obama ad says McCain's campaign got $2 million from “Big Oil.”  The total is actually $1.3 million.  —  Obama released a TV spot saying McCain's campaign got $2 million from “Big Oil” while McCain proposed “another $4 billion in tax breaks” for the industry.
Matthew Mosk / The Trail:
Left Keeps Hammering McCain Oil Ties
Dayo Olopade / The New Republic:
Green Gold for McCain
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Book says White House ordered forgery  —  A new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein.  —  Suskind writes in “The Way of the World,” to be published Tuesday …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Peter W. Rodman, 1943-2008  —  A patriot and a gentleman.  —  PETER'S FORMER COLLEAGUES at National Review have done him justice with their tributes at NRO.  John O'Sullivan in particular knew Peter well, and his is a lovely memoir.  —  So I'll just add a word about this patriot and gentleman.
Discussion: National Review
Brookings Institute:
Peter W. Rodman
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE LATEST MEME  —  Truly a Kuhnian moment.  John McCain is so honorable and straight-shooting that the only explanation for his campaign's headlong dive into sleaze, xenophobia and gonzo bamboozlement is that McCain is so out of it and controlled by his advisors that he doesn't actually know what they're doing in his name.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bob Herbert: Why is everyone missing the phallic symbols in McCain's Britney ad?  —  Between this and last week's Godwin-ing of the crowd scenes, I'm honestly curious to see where the left takes the critique next.  One would think they'd either run out of cards to play or would quietly pocket …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran Threatens Strait of Hormuz  —  Key Oil Shipping Passage Could Be Blocked for a Month  —  WASHINGTON — Two days after a diplomatic deadline passed for Iran to end the reprocessing and enrichment of uranium, the chief of the country's Revolutionary Guard force is threatening to close …
Discussion: Commentary
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Iran Issues New Warnings After Defying a Deadline
Discussion: The Raw Story and Commentary
Sommer Mathis / DCist:
Awkward/Sad/Funny Typo from Novak AP story on  —  digg_url = ‘ Typo_on_Robert_Novak_Retirement_Story_ on_NYTimes’; They've already fixed it, but the error above in the Associated Press story about Robert Novak's immediate retirement was live …
Discussion: and FishBowlDC
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Robert Novak Announces Immediate Retirement
ATV/Zogby Poll Toss-Up!  McCain 42%, Obama 41% as Undecided Voters Increase...  Obama loses support among his strongest demographic groups  —  UTICA, New York - A national Associated TV/Zogby International telephone poll of 1,011 likely voters conducted July 31-Aug. 1 finds Republican …
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Gets Bikers' Motors Running in S.D.  —  STURGIS, S.D. — If there was any question whether this is John McCain country, that doubt ended Monday as thousands of motorcycle riders repeatedly revved their Harleys upon his arrival here, creating a massive roar of approval and a cloud of exhaust fumes.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Meaning of Capitalism  —  I've received an enormous amount of email, mostly positive, about my capitalism column (the most common complaint from the friendly readers was that capitalism is a Marxist term we shouldn't concede.  A fair complaint).  But I thought this email is worth responding to:
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, 2 Obama backers, Bernie Mac and Morgan Freeman,hospitalized  —  A bad day for Barack Obama donors.  —  Morgan Freeman, the iconic voice of God in several films and reliable good-guy co-conspirator of Christian Bale's Batman in “The Dark Knight,” is in serious condition in a Memphis hospital …
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Bayh Partisans cancel softball game  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's staff softball team, The Bayh Partisans, has cancelled the game it had scheduled for tomorrow evening with the drug policy team The One Hitters.  Bayh staffer Jonathan Stahler sent One Hitter team captain Kris Krane an e-mail Monday morning citing …
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
While Diplomats Dither, Iran Builds Nukes  —  This weekend, yet another “deadline” passed for Iran to indicate it was seriously ready to discuss ending its pursuit of nuclear weapons.  Like so many other deadlines during these five years of European-led negotiations, this one died quietly …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Flopping Aces
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Secret deal kept British Army out of battle for Basra  —  A secret deal between Britain and the notorious al-Mahdi militia prevented British Forces from coming to the aid of their US and Iraqi allies for nearly a week during the battle for Basra this year, The Times has learnt.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why the tire-pressure gauge stings; Update: The spin continues  —  An inability to comprehend context appears to have broken out among the Leftosphere.  Apparently, none of our colleagues on the port side of the blogosphere can figure out why Barack Obama's suggestion that the energy crisis …
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and
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Discussion: Top of the Ticket and MyDD
Associated Press:
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G.O.P. Drops in Voting Rolls in Many States
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Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama shifts on tapping national oil reserves
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
No Limits to Growth  —  Here is a thumbnail sketch of my position …
Daniel J. Chacon / Rocky Mountain News:
DNC protesters offer Denver a “doo doo” treaty
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama B-Day Present Lost to Streets of Chicago
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Boston's birthday gift to Obama
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McCain Not First to Compare Obama to Paris Hilton
Michael Powell / The Caucus:
For Obama, Challenge Is Getting Through