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10:45 AM ET, August 5, 2008


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David Brooks / New York Times:
Where's the Landslide?  —  Why isn't Barack Obama doing better?  Why, after all that has happened, does he have only a slim two- or three-point lead over John McCain, according to an average of the recent polls?  Why is he basically tied with his opponent when his party is so far ahead?
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 …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New poll shows Obama losing support among young, women  —  Barack Obama has lost ground among some of his strongest bases of support, including young people, women, Democrats and independents, according to a new ATV/Zogby poll.  —  The Illinois Democrat has also lost some support among African-Americans …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Morning Roundup  —  New Obama Ad: McCain Has Voted Against Fixing Energy For 26 Years  —  Barack Obama has a new ad on energy issues, following through on one of the key attack lines from his speech yesterday — that John McCain can't be trusted on energy …
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 …
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P. Drops in Voting Rolls in Many States  —  Well before Senators Barack Obama and John McCain rose to the top of their parties, a partisan shift was under way at the local and state level.  For more than three years starting in 2005, there has been a reduction in the number of voters …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:   Alaskans for Obama: A Rare Democratic Push in the Last Frontier
Reid Wilson / The Politico:   Republican Backs Obama
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.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:   McCain tries to rev up bikers in S.D.
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.
Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Accused Al Qaeda sleeper agent in custody  —  Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani mother of three who studied at MIT, is said to have moved in the terrorist group's inner circles.  She faces charges of firing at U.S. personnel in Afghanistan.  —  WASHINGTON — One of the more elusive …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
The Politico:
Pelosi: At-risk Dems back drilling  —  California Democrat Nancy Pelosi may be trying to save the planet — but the rank and file in her party increasingly are just trying to save their political hides when it comes to gas prices as Republicans apply more and more rhetorical muscle.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Why Cover the Edwards Scandal?  —  PROTECTING ELIZABETH VS. TELLING THE TRUTH.  —  Why write about the Edwards scandal?  Here's a short clip-and-save response to those (including many friends) who argue the Edwards scandal shouldn't be pursued—or at least pursued too vigorously— even if it is true:**
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 …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Unavoidable Issue  —  Last week's dust-up over race between John McCain and Barack Obama was entirely disappointing.  Obama spoke first about how his opponents would try to “make you scared of me,” noting that he “doesn't look like all those other presidents” on our currency.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs, Hot Air and Commentary
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary's back!  —  Glenn Thrush, in his Politico debut (!), emails over this scoop:  —  Hillary Clinton will campaign for Barack Obama this Friday in Nevada and hit the Miami area on Aug. 21 for a fundraiser and rally as part of a pre-convention unity swing, according to people close to Clinton.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket, and MyDD
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘National Priority’  —  Here's a second contrast ad on the subject of energy from the Obama campaign, which seeks to paint McCain as the candidate of the past, of Washington, and of Bush, while Obama is the candidate of “new energy.”  —  The script: … I don't have details on where the ad is airing.
Discussion: Political Machine and
Digby / Hullabaloo:
FYI  —  This is a very interesting article in today's LA Times by polling expert Nate Silver about the state of the election.  He talks about the reasons that Obama seems to be under performing the “generic Democrat” and explains how this happens in a broad based party of discrete interest groups.
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.
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Long campaign stop in state amplifies Obama-Bayh buzz
Discussion: MSNBC, Corrente and
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Let's go over it again — why can't we have a vote on drilling?
Denver police brace for convention
David Montero / Rocky Mountain News:
Betting on the West: Nevada
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
In WH race, strong is often wrong
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Jerome Corsi's Shameless Hatchet Job on Barack Obama
Washington Post:
Obama Urges Opening Up Oil Reserves
SWJ Blog:
The Strongest Tribe  —  Small Wars Journal has received …
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
At Freddie Mac, Chief Discarded Warning Signs
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Peter W. Rodman, 1943-2008
Discussion: National Review
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iran Threatens Strait of Hormuz
Discussion: Commentary
John R. Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
While Diplomats Dither, Iran Builds Nukes
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Flopping Aces
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The Meaning of Capitalism  —  I've received an enormous amount …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, 2 Obama backers, Bernie Mac and Morgan Freeman,hospitalized