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1:55 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Seven-year-old to Michelle Obama: Let's finish what we started in Iraq  —  I'll say this much for the Obamas: No one has more interesting political conversations with second-graders than they do.  Something for everyone here — for the righties, some easy snark that the correct way to proceed …
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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 …
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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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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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 …
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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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Tennessee Primary Gets Nasty
Discussion: Mediaverse® and TIME.com
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Especially the blacks and the Jews pt. 233231
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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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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Paul Bedard / US News:
One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute  —  George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000.  And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above.
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.
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: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Donklephant
Peter Schmidt / The Chronicle:
Bizarre Incident During Obama Visit to Ohio College Is Seen as Unavoidable  —  Officials of the U.S. Secret Service say there is nothing they could have done to avoid an incident yesterday in which Barack Obama was heckled by a strangely behaving man in the press section during an appearance at an Ohio college.
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
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: The Progressive and Truthdig
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: ‘Serious error’ to revoke Cheek's visa
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
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
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 …
Zack McMillin / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Cohen on track for decisive victory  —  The bet Steve Cohen campaign made with himself and with the city of Memphis might have seemed naïve.  —  Some critics called it pandering.  —  But Cohen's gut told him to run on his record.  He said his heart told him to embrace the presidential rival …
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.
 
 
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Richard Borreca / Star Bulletin:
Obama starts isle vacation tomorrow
Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
Assembly's Gay Rites Backers Reap Benefits
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Affirmative Action in the News
Associated Press:
Iraqis: Deal close on plan for US troops to leave
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
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Coalition in Pakistan Moves to Impeach Musharraf
Allen McDuffee / The Raw Story:
White House memo exposes Rove knew of problems with anthrax vaccine
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Gang of 10: Obama's Checkmate?
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
Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
John McCain: My Pop-Culture Favorites
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Win Points for McCain!