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4:05 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?
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%.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA SINKING IN POLLS
Discussion: Macsmind
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TAKE MY WIFE, PLEASE!  —  We're trying to find out a bit more about the Bikini Beauty Pageant at the Buffalo Chip, where John McCain showed up and offered up wife Cindy as a contestant.  ESPN says the event is topless and “occasionally bottomless”.  Actually their description is worth quoting in full ...
Mayhill Fowler / The Huffington Post:
Rolling With McCain In South Dakota
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Mary Ann Giordano / The Caucus:
McCain Woos Bikers
Discussion: Gristmill and The Reaction
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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?
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Fact Check: GOP mocks Obama suggestion to inflate tires …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Did White House fake link between Saddam and Al Qaeda?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Book says White House ordered forgery
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Ron Suskind: White House ordered forgery to link al-Qaeda/Saddam to 9/11 attacks
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CAN TAKE THE BLOG FROM THE BOY...  The blogless life was going okay for Matt Yglesias until he ran across the Pollack, O'Hanlon, and Biddle op-ed from Foreign Affairs and got on Gchat: … That guy should get a blog.  Possibly at the Center for American Progress.
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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: Political Machine and Hot Air
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 …
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 and Gristmill
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
GOP claims House protest led to lower prices
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Salon Radio: Rep. Rush Holt on anthrax  —  (updated below)  —  Rep. Rush Holt represents the Central New Jersey district where at least one of the anthrax letters was sent.  Rep. Holt's Congressional office was one of the few in which traces of anthrax were found.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Los Angeles Times
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain takes populist turn, offers new theme in ad  —  A week after airing a mocking ad about Barack Obama, John McCain's campaign is going up with a wholly different commercial aimed at reinforcing the GOP nominee's “maverick” reputation.  —  Obama's name is not mentioned once …
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
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Max Blumenthal / The Nation:
Campaign 08: Accused of Acting White to Win  —  Last week, I reported for the Huffington Post that country singer Toby Keith had performed a pro-lynching anthem on the Colbert Report, and would be playing the same song soon on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a slew of nationally televised talk shows.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and MSNBC
James Glanz / New York Times:
Iraq Government Has $79 Billion in Unspent Cash  —  The soaring price of oil will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year's end an American federal oversight agency has concluded in an analysis released on Tuesday.
Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Dana Milbank And Unhappy Endings  —  Since I was a little less than proactive about this issue last week on television (for reasons which I think will become readily apparent), I thought I'd offer a little preview of an item on tonight's Countdown.  —  The headline: Dana Milbank won't be on the news hour any more.
 
 
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Presidential hug for controversial senator
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama, the postmodernist  —  In the Illinois senator's world …
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