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11:20 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 …
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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 …
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Not Strongly Backing Incumbents for Congress
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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Reid Wilson / The Politico:   Republican Backs Obama
Karl Vick / Washington Post:   Alaskans for Obama: A Rare Democratic Push in the Last Frontier
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 TIME.com
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.
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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
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CNN:
Cheney not expected to attend GOP convention  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Will Vice President Cheney be a no-show at the Republican convention in Minnesota?  —  Republican officials say yes, citing a desire by Sen. John McCain's campaign to turn the page on the Bush-Cheney years.
Discussion: TIME.com, Swampland and Donklephant
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:**
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.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Sommer Mathis / DCist:
Awkward/Sad/Funny Typo from Novak AP story on NYTimes.com  —  digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/politics/Funny_Sad_ 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
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.
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: TIME.com and Political Machine
 
 
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Long campaign stop in state amplifies Obama-Bayh buzz
Discussion: MSNBC, Corrente and TIME.com
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Let's go over it again — why can't we have a vote on drilling?
MSNBC:
Denver police brace for convention
David Montero / Rocky Mountain News:
Betting on the West: Nevada
Discussion: TIME.com
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
SWJ Blog:
The Strongest Tribe  —  Small Wars Journal has received …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
At Freddie Mac, Chief Discarded Warning Signs
 Earlier Items: 
Digby / Hullabaloo:
FYI  —  This is a very interesting article in today's LA Times …
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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary's back!  —  Glenn Thrush, in his Politico debut (!), emails over this scoop:
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, 2 Obama backers, Bernie Mac and Morgan Freeman,hospitalized
Discussion: NewsBusters.org