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1:30 PM ET, August 6, 2008


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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Found Guilty in Split Decision  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A panel of six military officers convicted a former driver for Osama bin Laden of a war crime Wednesday, completing the first military commission trial here and the first conducted by the United States since the end of World War II.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Flashback: Seven years ago today, Bush received 'Bin Laden Determined …
Discussion: All Spin Zone
Christopher Wilson / Tales from the Trail:
McCain takes air out of tire pressure debate  —  HUNTINGTON, W. Va - Republican John McCain appeared to back down on Tuesday in his dispute with his opponent Barack Obama over tire pressure.  —  Last week in St. Louis, Obama told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Paris Hilton responds.  Really.  —  Paris Hilton makes fun of John McCain's age and unveils her own energy policy.  Really.  —  UPDATE: Obama spokesman Bill Burton reacts: “Whatever.”  —  UPDATE: McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds emails: “It sounds like Paris Hilton supports John McCain's …
Obama touts Bayh in Indiana, but not as VP choice  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday called Sen. Evan Bayh “one of the finest United States senators that we have,” but didn't mention what kind of vice president he thinks Bayh could be.  —  The Indiana senator, who introduced Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
For Bayh, Shot No. 3 at No. 2 Spot
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama running mate could come from ‘left field’
Diane Stafford / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Kansas politician who crusaded against abortion loses big  —  For the second time in two years, voters in Kansas have handed a stinging defeat to Phill Kline, an anti-abortion crusader who's reputation was made attempting to prosecute the state's abortion providers, first as state attorney general …
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 …
Sara Burnett / Rocky Mountain News:
Backers to salute Hillary Clinton with a parade and rally at DNC  —  Hillary Clinton supporters will march through Denver during the Democratic National Convention to show appreciation for the New York senator's historic primary run and urge the party to place her name in nomination.
Discussion: TalkLeft, and Gateway Pundit
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: Tense times remain for Clinton, Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft and Corrente
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.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Bundler Collects From Unlikely Donors  —  The bundle of $2,300 and $4,600 checks that poured into Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign on March 12 came from an unlikely group of California donors: a mechanic from D&D Auto Repair in Whittier, the manager of Rite Aid Pharmacy No. 5727 …
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Wall Street Journal:
No Crisis Is Immune From Exploitation Under Bush  —  Tucked away on the Cayman Islands sits Ugland House, an unassuming, nondescript building of modest scale and size.  However, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), this five-story office building is home …
Washington Post:
Tapping Tired Wells  —  There were good ideas in the energy plan Sen. Barack Obama unveiled Monday.  The most important of these is a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases that would auction off 100 percent of emission credits.  The Illinois Democrat also announced a strong commitment …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Obama stalls in public polling  —  In the two months since Barack Obama captured the Democratic nomination, he has hit a ceiling in public opinion, proving unable to make significant gains with any segment of the national electorate.  —  While Obama still leads in most matchups with John McCain …
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.
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 …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush to Urge China to Improve Human Rights  —  SEOUL, South Korea — On the eve of his arrival in Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games, President Bush on Wednesday raised “deep concerns” about freedoms and human rights in China and said the United States opposed China's detention of political activists and dissidents.
Discussion: TV Barn
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CHET EDWARDS BOOMLET.  —  I'm not sure if I can really fulfill Josh Marshall's request to explain the Chet Edwards boomlet, but here are a few data points:  —  1) In a meeting with The American Prospect, Rep. Artur Davis, who's one of the Democratic Party's more promising young politicians …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC launches 'Exxon-McCain ‘08’  —  Stung by Republican taunts about tire gauges, Democrats are pumping up a stunt of their own.  —  The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday is launching an “Exxon-McCain '08” campaign, complete with a gas-pump logo and garish red buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Voters' Trust for McCain on Key Issues Growing
Faiz / Think Progress:
After Failed ‘Contract With America,’ …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA DOUBLES DOWN  —  Barack Obama has obviously been stung …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Original’  —  Another new negative Obama ad …
Discussion: Hot Air and
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Abdul-Ahad: Baghdad is “Calmer” Because they Made it into Prison Cells
Discussion: The Seminal
William K Wolfrum / Shakesville:
John McCain's Blue Presidential Comedy Tour!
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Iraqi Army Is Willing, but Not Ready, to Fight
New York Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
This Just In: Obama Is a Secret Agent from the U.N.!
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Is Obama the End of Black Politics?
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Dems nervous as McCain finds his voice
Stephen Koff / OPENERS:
McCain had role in original Wilmington DHL deal
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Ross Douthat:
Silly Season  —  Did Bob Herbert really go on MSNBC to insist that the …
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Corner
A Modest Proposal for the Reform of the American Penis
Vaughn Ververs / CBS News:
CBS News Poll: Veep Picks May Matter More This Year
The Hill:
House Republican leader rips Bush