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2:31 AM ET, August 7, 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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%  —  As has been case most of this summer, Obama has slight margin  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on registered voters' presidential preferences shows Barack Obama with a two point advantage over John McCain, 46% to 44%.
Discussion: Power Line and Donklephant
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“Poll: Trouble Signs in Obama's Lead”
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama squeaks by McCain in polls
Associated Press:
Poll: Nearly half hearing too much about Obama
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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Mark Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Tabloid's claims threaten Edwards' role at party's convention  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Sen. John Edwards has a deadline to save his spot on the national stage.  —  With two weeks to go before their national convention, a number of Democrats are saying that Edwards needs …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Flopping Aces
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 …
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Have the Clintons Gotten Over It?  —  The July 31 cocktail reception outside Palo Alto, Calif., had been billed as an evening for letting bygones be bygones, a coming together of Hillary Clinton's Silicon Valley backers with Barack Obama's to help the New York Senator retire her campaign debt.
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Clinton Leaves Convention Nomination Open
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
FBI/DOJ Briefing on the Case Against Bruce Ivins Oh, PS: Ivins was a Registered, Real, Vote-in-Every-Primary Democrat; Lefty Blogs Begin Doubting His Guilt Based on This  —  An NPR report details evidence already mentioned.  —  Some highlights from the briefing:  —  * “Sole suspect” in investigation
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Kelly McParland / National Post:
Ezra Levant: How I beat the fatwa, and lost my freedom
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Justice Department Subpoenas Its Former Lawyers In Civil Rights Probe  —  A federal grand jury has subpoenaed several former senior Justice Department attorneys for an investigation into the politicization of the Department's own Civil Rights Division, according to sources close to the investigation.
Discussion: D-Day and TPMMuckraker
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hans Down To The Wire?  —  Well, well.  Look who allegedly spent …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Nasty Attack Ad Hits Jewish Dem Congressman For Visiting “Our Churches”  —  This brutal new attack ad from House candidate Nikki Tinker, who is challenging liberal Tennessee Rep. Steven Cohen in tomorrow's Democratic primary, just might be the nastiest, most race-baiting (and Jew-baiting) ad of the entire cycle:
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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
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.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Potential McCain VP pick slams Obama's ‘life oratory’  —  (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is widely rumored to be on Sen. John McCain's short list of potential vice presidential picks, displayed his skills as a political attack dog Wednesday.  —  “Senator McCain's life experiences are epic …
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
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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
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.
Vinnie / The Jawa Report:
Dear Reader  —  I don't care if you're left, right, up, down or in between, isn't this what's known as an act of war?  If not, maybe what we get on page two is? … I'm just wondering how many times our bloodthirsty, hegemonic, imperial military has made incursions across the border into Mexico.
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Greyhound scraps ‘bus rage’ ads after bus beheading  —  TORONTO - Greyhound has scrapped an ad campaign that extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel after one of its passengers was accused of beheading and cannibalizing another traveler.  —  The ad's tag line was “There's a reason you've never heard of ‘bus rage.’”
 
 
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Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Judge upholds DNC protest zones
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Drunkablog
Byron York / The Corner:
The Left and Plans for “Nuremberg-Style” Tribunals for Bush Administration Officials
Scott Shepard / Austin American-Statesman:
Lawsuit exposes rift between gays and blacks at the DNC
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Family's Donations to McCain Raise Questions
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
McCain, Obama discuss movies, TV viewing habits
Steven Gutkin / Associated Press:
Israel mulls military option for Iran nukes
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Shutdown possible over oil drilling, Gingrich says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Iraqi parliament fails to agree on election law
Discussion: D-Day, Wonk Room and ATTACKERMAN
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama ad won't run at gas stations
SteveK / TVNewser:
Ross Responds to “Vital Questions” About Anthrax Report
Paul Flemming / Tallahassee Democrat:
McCain campaign apologizes to reporter
Discussion: TIME.com
Eddie Pells / Associated Press:
China revokes ex-speedskater Joey Cheek's visa
Discussion: Think Progress and USA Today
The Huffington Post:
Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CELEBRITY?  —  Andrew Sullivan makes a good point.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Milbank's Move  —  Yesterday, I wrote on Dana Milbank's abrupt …
Discussion: The Corner and TVNewser
Steve Gill / Pajamas Media:
Gore Hits the Waves with a Massive New Houseboat
 

 
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