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9:45 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: “America is no longer what it once was”; Update: Rush reacts  —  When presidential candidates answer questions from children about why they want the job, most will give an answer that uplifts the child and the candidate.  Not Barack Obama.  At a campaign stop in Elkhart, Indiana …
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
It's Not a Gaffe, It's a Theme  —  The Right blogosphere is chuckling over the last Barack Obama ad lib suggesting that America has gone downhill.  Combined with the Old Michelle ( e.g. America is mean, she's never been proud of America) rather than the New Michelle, it revives the meme …
Discussion: Power Line
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Seven-year-old to Michelle Obama: Let's finish what we started in Iraq
Washington Post:
Bin Laden's Former Driver Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years  —  Hamdan Receives Credit for Time Served, Could Be Released in 5 Months  —  A former driver for Osama bin Laden was sentenced today to 5 ½ years in prison for his material support for terrorism, a relatively light sentence that means …
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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:   Required Reading: The New News Paradigm
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama condemns ad against Jewish candidate  —  Nikki Tinker race baits Steve Cohen.  @ Yahoo! Video  —  Obama — in his de facto new role as leader of the Democratic Party — just put out a statement condemning Nikki Tinker's attack on Stephen Cohen, which has been widely interpreted …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially the blacks and the Jews pt. 233231  —  TPM knocks Nikki Tinker's ad in which claims, “While he's in our churches, clapping his hands and tapping his feet ... he's the only senator who thought our kids shouldn't be allowed to pray in school.”  Turner's opponent Steve Cohen is Jewish …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Tennessee Primary Gets Nasty
Discussion: Mediaverse® and TIME.com
Nitya / Political Punch:
Exxon [Hearts] Obama  —  As we close up a week wherein Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on the stump and in a TV ad accused rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of being “in the pocket of big oil,” and doing the industry's bidding — not to mention a week during which the Democratic National Committee launched …
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Philip Giraldi / The American Conservative:
Suskind Revisited  —  Thursday, August 7th in War by Philip Giraldi  —  An extremely reliable and well placed source in the intelligence community has informed me that Ron Suskind's revelation that the White House ordered the preparation of a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda …
wpri.org:
WPRI Poll: Barack Obama Leads John McCain in the Presidential Race  —  Senator Barack Obama holds a 44% to 38% lead in Wisconsin over Senator John McCain in the presidential race.  Senator Obama leads the race primarily because of a combination of the most important issues on the minds …
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Rasmussen Reports:   Election 2008: Wisconsin Presidential Election
Little Green Footballs:
He Who Disassociates  —  Barack Obama's Gallery of Shady Former Associates is getting very crowded.  —  (Hat tip: Penetrating Insights into the Obvious.)
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
John McCain: My Pop-Culture Favorites  —  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee talks to EW about his picks in movies ("Viva Zapata!," Indiana Jones), TV shows ("Seinfeld," “The Wire"), singers (Roy Orbison, Usher), and a fictional president he admires
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Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Attorney Scandal Probe Enters White House Circle  —  The Justice Department investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Emptywheel
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Hillary Clinton / blog.hillaryclinton.com:
Let's Chat  —  I want to thank everyone for joining me here today for our live chat.  I'm so grateful to all of my online friends for the amazing support you continue to show me.  Your kind words mean so much to me, and you have been instrumental in working to help retire our campaign debt.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Leaked McCain Memo: Paint Obama As A “Job Killing Machine”  —  John McCain was widely ridiculed several weeks ago for fielding reporter's questions in the cheese aisle of a grocery store.  But the location of the impromptu press conference was hardly random.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Schumer: ‘Hit McCain Harder’  —  One of the Democratic Party's leading electoral street fighters, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, said that Barack Obama should respond to John McCain's personal attacks with an equally personal slap.  —  “I would not be afraid to attack back,” said Schumer …
Discussion: TIME.com
Naomi Klein / The Huffington Post:
The Olympics: Unveiling Police State 2.0  —  So far, the Olympics have been an open invitation to China-bash, a bottomless excuse for Western journalists to go after the Commies on everything from internet censorship to Darfur.  Through all the nasty news stories, however, the Chinese government has seemed amazingly unperturbed.
Discussion: Truthdig and The Progressive
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: ‘Serious error’ to revoke Cheek's visa
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
Associated Press:
Man held in Fla. for threatening Obama's life  —  Suspect held without bail Thursday after a brief court hearing  —  MIAMI - A man who authorities said was keeping weapons and military-style gear in his hotel room and car appeared in court Thursday on charges he threatened to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Win Points for McCain!  —  Spread John McCain's official talking points around the Web — and you could win valuable prizes!  —  That, in essence, is the McCain campaign's pitch to supporters to join its new online effort, one that combines the features of “AstroTurf” campaigning with the sort …
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Gang of 10: Obama's Checkmate?  —  I try and avoid using grandiose rhetoric of this kind.  But there is a potential checkmate scenario sitting on the board for Barack Obama, and it involves the ‘Gang of 10’ energy compromise bill currently being floated by a bipartisan group of ten senators.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
BILL CLINTON OFFERED SPEAKING ROLE  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  NBC News has learned that the Obama campaign, in an effort to quiet talk of the Obama-Clinton drama, has offered Bill Clinton a speaking role on Wednesday night at the Democratic convention — before the vice presidential running mate speaks.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPMTV: DAZED AND CONFUSED  —  To me, the presidential race reached a turning point last week when John McCain opted for a campaign of denigration employing racial stereotypes, sexualized talking points for surrogates (Obama as “internet date") and copious ridicule.
Discussion: Veracifier and Political Machine
Associated Press:
Iraqis: Deal close on plan for US troops to leave  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq and the U.S. are near an agreement on all American combat troops leaving Iraq by October 2010, with the last soldiers out three years after that, two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Affirmative Action in the News
John Nolan / Dayton Daily News:
Brown urges McCain to use clout to save Wilmington jobs
Discussion: The Jed Report, OPENERS and D-Day
CNN:
U.S. puts Iraqi prisoners in boxes
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Agence France Presse:
Rice: US would be safe under Obama
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Allen McDuffee / The Raw Story:
White House memo exposes Rove knew of problems with anthrax vaccine
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Mocks Obama's Accurate Claim About Tire Pressure
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New McCain ad: Democrats love a Maverick!
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Democratic Platform Includes New Governance Planks …
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama Denies Rift with Clinton; Says Unification has Been “Seamless”
Discussion: TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A prayer for Hillary  —  Online Clinton supporters aren't thrilled …
Jeff Winbush / TheRoot:
Can Black Journalists Be Trusted to Cover Obama?
Amanda / Think Progress:
Leahy's office hits back against Beck's Batman analogy.
Discussion: Swampland
Alice Thomson / Times of London:
Suddenly being green is not cool any more
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
State rep charged with assaulting teen