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3:25 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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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 …
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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
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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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 …
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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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Lomong Is Chosen To Carry U.S. Flag  —  Sudan Native Became U.S. Citizen in 2007  —  Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong was chosen by his U.S. Olympic teammates Wednesday to be the American delegation's flag-bearer at Friday's Opening Ceremonies, a move that will cast an additional spotlight …
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Naomi Klein / The Huffington Post:
The Olympics: Unveiling Police State 2.0
Discussion: Truthdig and alicublog
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Machine and Wonkette
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.)
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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
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Know-Nothing Politics  —  So the G.O.P. has found its issue for the 2008 election.  For the next three months the party plans to keep chanting: “Drill here!  Drill now!  Drill here!  Drill now!  Four legs good, two legs bad!”  O.K., I added that last part.
 
 
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Group Plans Campaign Against G.O.P. Donors
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Allen McDuffee / The Raw Story:
White House memo exposes Rove knew of problems with anthrax vaccine
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?
Alice Thomson / Times of London:
Suddenly being green is not cool any more
Discussion: Right Wing News
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!