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5:25 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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CELEBRITY?  —  Andrew Sullivan makes a good point.  For the ‘celebrity’ in the campaign, how many sitcoms has Barack Obama done guest spots on?  How many movies has he done cameos in?  How many times has he hosted Saturday Night Live.  As John McCain's IMDB bio shows, he's done a lot. 24 …
Discussion: MyDD and Political Machine
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
MoDo On McCain  —  When she's on form, she's peerless …
Discussion: Althouse
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama squeaks by McCain in polls
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
McCain goes nuclear; Obama boils over
Mike Allen / The Politico:
DNC launches 'Exxon-McCain ‘08’
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters' Trust for McCain on Key Issues Growing
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.
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 …
Satyam / Think Progress:   Flashback: Seven years ago today, Bush received 'Bin Laden Determined …
Associated Press:
Poll: Nearly half hearing too much about Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama may be the fresh face in this year's presidential election, but nearly half say they're already tired of hearing about him, a poll says.  —  With Election Day still three months away, 48 percent said they're hearing …
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant
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 …
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Obama in Knots over Cheney
Discussion: Associated Press
Washington Wire:
An Obama-Bayh Ticket?  Not This Week  —  Christopher Cooper reports from Elkhart, Ind., on the presidential race.  —  Barack Obama and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh appeared at a campaign rally together Wednesday, stoking conjecture that the Hoosier senator may be asked to join the ticket as Obama's running mate.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Obama-Bayh Event Sparks More Buzz
Discussion: marbury
Krooney /
Obama-Bayh Work an Indiana Diner, Veep Buzz Soars
Discussion: The Caucus
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).
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap?
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Washington Wire:
Ralph Nader Sees Hope in Voter Disillusionment
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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
Bluegal / Crooks and Liars:
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Washington Wire:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA DOUBLES DOWN  —  Barack Obama has obviously been stung …
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Washington Post:
Tapping Tired Wells
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Obama stalls in public polling
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Kansas politician who crusaded against abortion loses big