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10:20 PM ET, August 5, 2008


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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
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.
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"
Discussion: The Swamp
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 ...
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama signs up lawyers  —  Obama general counsel Bob Bauer emails lawyers and law students that the campaign is setting up an “unprecedented” new “voter protection” program — a standard feature of Democratic campaigns, but given the general enthusiasm for Obama, and the specific enthusiasm …
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
Kevin / LA Observed:
Obama fundraiser in Switzerland  —  Actor George Clooney is the featured attraction for the Geneva event on Sept. 2.  Here's the email sent to potential Barack Obama donors: … Fondue forks provided.
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
Washington Wire:
McCain Emphasizes Need for Nuclear Power  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Newport, Mich. on the presidential race.  —  Seeking to hammer home his dedication to building 45 new nuclear plants by 2030, John McCain toured Detroit Edison's Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant this afternoon.  —  What is Fermi 2?
Discussion: Open Left
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