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2:30 PM 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?
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.
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%.
Discussion: Donklephant
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA SINKING IN POLLS  —  A new ATV/Zogby poll offers more evidence that voters are becoming disenchanted with Barack Obama: … Some of the groups among whom Obama has lost ground: … The question, obviously, is whether that erosion will continue as voters continue to learn more about Obama …
Discussion: Macsmind
Michael Grunwald / Time:
The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke  —  How out of touch is Barack Obama?  He's so out of touch that he suggested that if all Americans inflated their tires properly and took their cars for regular tune-ups, they could save as much oil as new offshore drilling would produce.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Is McCain's tire-gauge ridicule wrong?  —  Now that many of us have had a good laugh following Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign's use of tire-inflation gauges as weapons of mass distraction against Sen. Barack Obama, can we acknowledge that properly inflated tires could indeed save a tremendous amount of energy?
Discussion: Majikthise
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fact Check: GOP mocks Obama suggestion to inflate tires …
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 …
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A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
The Other Half of the Letter  —  Everyone is buzzing this morning about Ron Suskind's claim—in his new book—that a letter purportedly written to Saddam Hussien by one of his intelligence officers in 2001 was in fact a forgery authorized by the White House.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Rolling With McCain In South Dakota
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Going for Gold?  McCain Makes $6 Million Olympic Buy  —  Tops Obama Buy by $1 Million  —  WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is buying into NBC Universal's Olympics coverage.  —  The McCain campaign made a last-minute $6 million ad buy …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: ‘The original maverick’  —  With apologies, perhaps, to James Garner, who brought Bret Maverick to our black and white TV screens, John McCain is casting himself in a campaign TV ad now as “The Original Maverick.”  —  And with apologies, perhaps, to the Bush White House …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain takes populist turn, offers new theme in ad
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
New York Times:
Not Quite Ready to Go Home  —  ALMOST everyone now agrees there has been great progress in Iraq.  The question is what to do about it.  —  Democrats led by Barack Obama want to take a peace dividend and withdraw all combat brigades by May 2010.  Republicans like John McCain want to keep troops …
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
GOP: Oil markets ‘responding’ to our protest  —  House Republicans issued the boldest claim yet in their three-day energy protest, insinuating on Tuesday morning that their demonstration may in fact have already begun to lower gas prices.  —  “The market is responding to the fact that we are here talking …
Discussion: Human Events
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
At Recess, a Little One-Sided Dodgeball
Discussion: The Reaction and Think Progress
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Problem Isn't Bush  —  When John McCain stands before the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis one month from now, the American people will see more than a United States senator.  They will see a man who served his nation as a young officer and suffered for it as a prisoner of war.
Steve Ralls / The Huffington Post:
A Six-Figure Solution Missing One Common-Sense Addition  —  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the picture on the ground in Iraq is quickly making military personnel who can translate Arabic priceless.  —  This morning's Christian Science Monitor reports that the Army is preparing …
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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 …
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.
Austin American-Statesman:
Former GOP state representative asks Libertarians to drop out of races  —  Head of LIbertarian Party asking candidates to ‘stand firm’ after they were urged not to take votes from Republicans in close contests.  —  A former Republican state representative called three Libertarian Party candidates …
Discussion: Foolocracy and PoliBlog (TM)
 
 
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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