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7:40 AM ET, August 7, 2008


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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 …
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.
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
The Smoking Gun:   Inside The Anthrax Probe
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Independents Remain Split Between Obama and McCain  —  Overall, the race expanded slightly, then contracted in recent weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national registered voters fell from an average of 6 percentage points …
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%.
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Iraqi parliament adjourns without setting elections  —  BAGHDAD — After weeks of late-night negotiations and under intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi lawmakers failed to pass a much-debated provincial elections law Wednesday before adjourning for the month.  —  The failure to pass the law …
Discussion: and
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Iraqi parliament fails to agree on election law
Discussion: D-Day, Wonk Room and ATTACKERMAN
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
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Hans Down To The Wire?  —  Well, well.  Look who allegedly spent …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:   GOP's Pawlenty praises Obama's positive message
New York Times:
500: Deadly U.S. Milestone in Afghan War  —  Not long after Staff Sgt. Matthew D. Blaskowski was killed by a sniper's bullet last Sept. 23 in eastern Afghanistan, his mother received an e-mail message with a link to a video on the Internet.  A television reporter happened to have been filming …
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Judge upholds DNC protest zones  —  A federal judge has ruled that the city and county of Denver and the U.S. Secret Service do not have to alter their security plans for the Pepsi Center portion of the Democratic National Convention.  —  Advocacy groups and the American Civil Liberties Union …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Drunkablog
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.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Family's Donations to McCain Raise Questions  —  RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida businessman, who has raised more than $500,000 for Senator John McCain, appears to be at the center of a cluster of questionable donations to his presidential campaign.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Weekly Standard:
A Dangerous Neighbor  —  How Pakistan's deterioration harms Afghanistan.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Bundler Collects From Unlikely Donors
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
McCain, Obama discuss movies, TV viewing habits
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Greyhound scraps ‘bus rage’ ads after bus beheading
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Nasty Attack Ad Hits Jewish Dem Congressman For Visiting “Our Churches”
Steven Gutkin / Associated Press:
Israel mulls military option for Iran nukes
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
Shutdown possible over oil drilling, Gingrich says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
WaPo Blows A1 McCain Story
Bruce Feirstein / Vanity Fair:
For Whom the Times Polls
Discussion: Gawker and The New Republic
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama ad won't run at gas stations
Paul Flemming / Tallahassee Democrat:
McCain campaign apologizes to reporter
The Huffington Post:
Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap?

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