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2:00 AM ET, August 6, 2008


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Paris Hilton / Funny Videos on Funny …:
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.
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
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 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 ...
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 …
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 …
Rick Newman / US News:
The Obama/McCain Energy Charade  —  That smell on the nation's highways isn't just car exhaust.  It's also the rank odor of political populism, as John McCain and Barack Obama both try to score points with dubious energy ideas.  —  Obama has now reversed an earlier stance and declared …
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 …
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Skimble Closes Blog, Election Doesn't Matter  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Via Avedon at Sideshow, longtime political blogger Skimble is packing it in and closing up shop. … Go read the rest, it's a well-deserved attack on the Dems, Harry and Nancy in particular.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
AUTOBLOG: Obama: 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2015.  —  UPDATE: Dave Ivers is unimpressed: … Actually, I think the grid could easily absorb a million plugin hybrids, since they'd mostly be charging at night when consumption is way off-peak.  But ultimately you've got to have lots …
Discussion: Power Line
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Gun-control groups fear top activist was NRA spy  —  PHILADELPHIA - A gun-control activist who championed the cause for more than a decade and served on the boards of two anti-violence groups is suspected of working as a paid spy for the National Rifle Association, and now those organizations …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
McCain Bundler Collects From Unlikely Donors
Nick Juliano / The Raw Story:
Pro-pot group launches ‘Cindy McCain: Drug Dealer’ campaign
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonkette
Why write about the Edwards scandal? …
Discussion: DBKP and Liberal Values
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin praises...Obama?  —  Alaska Governor Sarah Palin …
Randyj /
Keynotable?  —  Could Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal be left off …
Media Matters for America:
Citing Media Matters report on Obama Nation falsehoods, MSNBC's …
Discussion: Corrente
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama signs up lawyers
Michael Fechter / Articles by the Investigative …:
Ex-Presidential Candidate Advocates Stalking Prosecutor
Discussion: The Corner
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Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Does Tom Cruise Know About This?
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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
Gordon Lubold / Christian Science Monitor:
Associated Press:
Man heckles Obama about Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and Vodkapundit
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The Power of Oprah to help Obama
The Politico:
Tenet statement on Suskind
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
My Bet With Francis Fukuyama

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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