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12:05 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.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Election Central Morning Roundup
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Open Left
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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
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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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Swampland
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Foreign Affairs:
Standing Down as Iraq Stands Up
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Bush thanks troops, Ted Stevens  —  Touting progress in Iraq, President Bush yesterday stopped at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, where he thanked both the troops and an indicted Sen. Ted Stevens for their support of the war.  —  He said an Army Stryker brigade from nearby Fort Wainwright …
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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, Hot Air and Political Machine
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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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.
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:**
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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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Problem Isn't Bush
Discussion: MSNBC
Josh White / Washington Post:
U.S. May Have Taped Visits to Detainees
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Long campaign stop in state amplifies Obama-Bayh buzz
Discussion: TIME.com, MSNBC and Corrente
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 …
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:
Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Gets Bikers' Motors Running in S.D.
Discussion: TIME.com
Sommer Mathis / DCist:
Awkward/Sad/Funny Typo from Novak AP story on NYTimes.com