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6:30 PM ET, August 6, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another stealth ad from Obama: “Original”  —  For the second time in a week, the Barack Obama campaign has published an ad without releasing it to the media.  “Original” goes negative yet again, attacking John McCain for being ... well, Republican: … Maybe Team Obama is so embarrassed …
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Obama in Knots over Cheney
Discussion: Associated Press
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
McCain's Green-Eyed Monster  —  Not since Iago and Othello obsessed on the comely Cassio, not since Richard of Gloucester killed his two nephews, not since Nixon and Johnson glowered at the glittering J.F.K., has there been such an unseemly outpouring of boy envy.
Discussion: Althouse, TalkLeft, MSNBC and TownHall Blog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CELEBRITY?  —  Andrew Sullivan makes a good point.
Discussion: MyDD
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
MoDo On McCain  —  When she's on form, she's peerless …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Discussion: Political Machine and Vodkapundit
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Found Guilty 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 …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Convicted by Military Tribunal
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: Political Machine and MyDD
Washington Post:
Tales of Addiction, Anxiety, Ranting  —  Scientist, Counselor Recount Recent Turmoil in Anthrax Suspect's Life  —  Late last fall, Bruce E. Ivins was drinking a liter of vodka some nights, taking large doses of sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, and typing out rambling e-mails …
Discussion: Emptywheel, TPMMuckraker and Greatscat!
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.
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).
Asra Q. Nomani / Wall Street Journal:
You Still Can't Write About Muhammad  —  Starting in 2002, Spokane, Wash., journalist Sherry Jones toiled weekends on a racy historical novel about Aisha, the young wife of the prophet Muhammad.  Ms. Jones learned Arabic, studied scholarly works about Aisha's life, and came to admire her protagonist as a woman of courage.
The Huffington Post:
John Kerry, Surrogate In Chief  —  Over the past several weeks there has been perhaps no better surrogate for Barack Obama than Senator John Kerry.  Aides to the Illinois Democrat admit that they are at once surprised and ecstatic with the prosecutorial zeal that the 2004 Democratic nominee has deployed on behalf of his successor.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Is Obama the End of Black Politics?  —  Forty-seven years after he last looked out from behind the bars of a South Carolina jail cell, locked away for leading a march against segregation in Columbia, James Clyburn occupies a coveted suite of offices on the second and third floors of the United States Capitol …
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
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Who are these Donors the WaPo Found?  —  There's a curious story about John McCain in the Washington Post today I haven't been able to verify though normal FEC databases.  —  Take a look at the lede in this story “Bundler Collects from Unlikely Donors”: … Here's the rub.
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
WRONG. . .WRONG. . .WRONG: Obama Lets Muslim Advisor Resign
Kleinheider / Nashville Post:
Nikki Tinker, After Toe-Tapping Around Race, Moves On To Religion
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The Corner
Eddie Pells / Associated Press:
China revokes ex-speedskater Joey Cheek's visa
White House:
Press Gaggle by Dana Perino and Anita Mcbride, Chief of Staff to Mrs. Bush
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dems launch counterattack to GOP oil protest
Discussion: The Swamp
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Tuesday, August 5
The Huffington Post:
Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap?
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi / Washington Post:
Book World: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Author of ‘Know Your Power’
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Long-Awaited Answer to a F.A.Q.
Discussion: World-O-Crap
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking Back The Campaign  —  I'm not sure this will work but it's worth a try.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA DOUBLES DOWN  —  Barack Obama has obviously been stung …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Washington Post:
Tapping Tired Wells
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Wall Street Journal:
No Crisis Is Immune From Exploitation Under Bush