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9:10 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Poll: Trouble Signs in Obama's Lead  —  After two weeks of sharpened attacks between the campaigns, Barack Obama is maintaining a narrow 5% lead over John McCain in the race for the White House, a new TIME poll shows.  Overall, the poll shows Obama leading McCain 46% to 41% when undecided voters …
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CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Holding Off McCain  —  New CBS News Poll Shows Obama Overseas Trip, McCain Ads Failed To Alter Still-Fluid Race  —  (CBS) Barack Obama leads John McCain 45 percent to 39 percent in the latest CBS News poll.  Despite Obama's highly-publicized foreign trip …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“Poll: Trouble Signs in Obama's Lead”  —  New Time poll has it 46 Obama, 41 Mac, here: … This shows that the success of the surge is probably helping McCain, which makes sense: 1) It vindicates his judgment; 2) the better conditions are, the more likely it is that we can keep drawing down responsibly …
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama squeaks by McCain in polls
National Enquirer:
THE PHOTOS EVERYONE'S BEEN WAITING FOR!  —  The NATIONAL ENQUIRER is releasing the photograph that the world has been waiting for - the first-ever picture of John Edwards and his love child!  —  The stunning “spy photo” shows the former presidential contender holding his infant daughter Frances Quinn Hunter …
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New York Post:
NOVEL TALE OF POL'S ‘MISTRESS’  —  RIELLE Hunter - the woman reported by the National Enquirer to be John Edwards' mistress and mother of his love child - is no stranger to fans of Jay McInerney.  The novelist dated the blonde for a few months in the late 1980s and based his book “Story of My Life” on her.
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Hillary Clinton Seeks Democratic Convention Voice  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in Denver  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she's looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
WRONG. . .WRONG. . .WRONG: Obama Lets Muslim Advisor Resign  —  Will anyone notice?  Barack Obama's team just threw its key Muslim advisor under the bus.  —  Barack Obama needs to make a statement loudly, clearly, and with passion that he embraces Muslims as much as any other Americans of Christian …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Find Out Where His Kids Go to School’  —  “Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel was caught on tape last week telling a crowd in Washington, D.C., that they should harass a federal prosecutor who helped bring criminal contempt charges against a Palestinian activist,” Fox News reports.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama really doesn't like a debate  —  Barack Obama got stung by a challenge from a Las Vegas reporter on his energy policy, and specifically on his efforts to paint John McCain as a lackey of Dick Cheney.  Jon Ralston asked Obama about the contradiction inherent in this strategy …
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Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Obama in Knots over Cheney
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Officials Say Documents Tie Scientist to Anthrax Attack  —  WASHINGTON — A few days before the anthrax attacks of 2001, the scientist who has emerged as the suspect in the case sent e-mails with wording that was sometimes identical to the language used in deadly anthrax-laced letters that autumn …
Discussion: Salon, DCist, The RBC and FP Passport
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SteveK / TVNewser:
Ross Responds to “Vital Questions” About Anthrax Report
Washington Post:
Outspoken '06 Medalist Cheek Has Visa Revoked  —  ‘Team Darfur’ Co-Founder Barred From Beijing Games  —  The Chinese government on Tuesday revoked the visa of 2006 Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek, effectively barring the speedskating champion and social activist from attending the 2008 Beijing Games.
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Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
WaPo Blows A1 McCain Story  —  Hours after blogging about the problems in Washington Post reporter Matthew Mosk's A1 story, this correction was posted online: … That means these people Mosk alleged had been somehow forced to make campaign contributions to McCain through a third-party bundler NEVER DONATED MONEY TO MCCAIN.
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Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Who are these Donors the WaPo Found?
Bruce Feirstein / Vanity Fair:
For Whom the Times Polls  —  Back in the days when I was writing political advertising—in the pre-Internet, pre-War Room era—the single most coveted piece of information we tried to ascertain was the polling research done by our opponents.  —  Not the answers so much, but the questions.
Discussion: Gawker
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Gabe Sherman / The New Republic:
The Poll Truth, and Nothing But
Discussion: Gawker
Pew Research Center:
Obama Fatigue - 48% Hearing Too Much About Him  —  McCain's Ads Seen As Negative, Obama's as Positive  —  As he has since January, this week, Barack Obama enjoyed much more visibility as far as the public was concerned than did John McCain.  By a margin of 76% to 11% respondents …
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Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Shutdown possible over oil drilling, Gingrich says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — He led Republicans into government shutdowns in the 1990s, and now, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich indicates his party is seriously considering another shutdown threat to force a vote on offshore oil drilling in September.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems launch counterattack to GOP oil protest
Discussion: The Swamp
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hans Down To The Wire?  —  Well, well.  Look who allegedly spent a little time under oath in front of a federal grand jury: it's Mr. Hiding the Sockpuppet, Hans Von Spakovsky.  Via Murray Waas: … I'd like to say that I'm shocked, but after the last two reports on politicization …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Justice Department Subpoenas Its Former Lawyers In Civil Rights Probe
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Milbank's Move  —  Yesterday, I wrote on Dana Milbank's abrupt departure from “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” which at first seemed to directly follow a disagreement over the Washington Post columnist's July 30 column calling Obama “presumptuous.”  —  However, Milbank's dissatisfaction …
Discussion: The Corner
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Is Convicted in Split Verdict  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A panel of six military officers convicted a former driver for Osama bin Laden of one war crime Wednesday but acquitted him of another, completing the first military commission trial here and the first conducted …
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Convicted by Military Tribunal
Andrew Perez / The New Argument:
Those Damn Kids!  —  On Tuesday night, TNA writer Lonnie Affrime spotted the Straight Talk Express in the parking lot of an Embassy Suites in Boca Raton, FL.  He noticed an unusual decal on the back of Sen. John McCain's whip and, as any good American would do, took a few pictures.
Damozel / I Don't Like You Either:
A Right Wing Man's Plea: Right Wing Women, Please Stop Blogging  —  by John Q. Public I've been thinking about this topic for weeks, but have hesitated to publish it.  It is a controversial subject.  Even my powerful brothers of the far right dare not address it (though they certainly secretly think it).
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
GOP's Pawlenty praises Obama's positive message  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, often mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, said Wednesday GOP candidates would do well to adopt a positive tone like that of McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.
Discussion: The Jed Report, MyDD and The Reaction
Steve Gill / Pajamas Media:
Gore Hits the Waves with a Massive New Houseboat  —  The environment guru has a big house, flies in big planes... and now captains a big boat.  —  Former Vice President Al Gore, the Nobel-winning self-proclaimed global prophet of green, has made a lot of money from the so-called “crisis” of global warming.
 
 
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Obama ad won't run at gas stations
Paul Flemming / Tallahassee Democrat:
McCain campaign apologizes to reporter
Discussion: TIME.com
Kleinheider / Nashville Post:
Nikki Tinker, After Toe-Tapping Around Race, Moves On To Religion
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: The Corner
MSNBC:
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The Huffington Post:
Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap?
Krooney / TIME.com:
Obama-Bayh Work an Indiana Diner, Veep Buzz Soars
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Long-Awaited Answer to a F.A.Q.
Discussion: World-O-Crap
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CELEBRITY?  —  Andrew Sullivan makes a good point.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking Back The Campaign  —  I'm not sure this will work but it's worth a try.
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Is Obama the End of Black Politics?
Asra Q. Nomani / Wall Street Journal:
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