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12:50 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?
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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 …
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   OBAMA SINKING IN POLLS
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 and Prometheus 6
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
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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.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:   Fact Check: GOP mocks Obama suggestion to inflate tires …
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
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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Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Gets Bikers' Motors Running in S.D.
Discussion: Feministing and TIME.com
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 …
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
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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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Selcan Hacaoglu / Associated Press:
Iraq: Gunmen kill US-allied Sunni group leader  —  BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed a senior leader of a U.S.-allied Sunni group and six of his guards in an ambush south of Baghdad, a group member and residents said Tuesday.  —  The U.S. military confirmed casualties in an attack on the man's house but denied that he was killed.
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:**
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama, the postmodernist  —  In the Illinois senator's world …
Brad Wilmouth / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann Sees ‘3 Phallic Symbols, 2 Blondes & Barack Obama’ in Ad
Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Campaign 08: Accused of Acting White to Win
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
The Race for Comedian In Chief
Discussion: TIME.com
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Obama: I'd guarantee $4 billion to retool auto industry
Discussion: Firedoglake
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Bush thanks troops, Ted Stevens
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Problem Isn't Bush
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Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. May Have Taped Visits to Detainees
 Earlier Items: 
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Josh Meyer / Los Angeles Times:
Accused Al Qaeda sleeper agent in custody
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Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
Jerome Corsi's Shameless Hatchet Job on Barack Obama
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Morning Roundup
Digby / Hullabaloo:
FYI  —  This is a very interesting article in today's LA Times …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Unavoidable Issue  —  Last week's dust-up over race between …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hillary's back!  —  Glenn Thrush, in his Politico debut (!), emails over this scoop:
Sommer Mathis / DCist:
Awkward/Sad/Funny Typo from Novak AP story on NYTimes.com