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3:25 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Race Takes Central Role in a Memphis Primary  —  In the culmination of a racially fraught Congressional campaign in Memphis, a black candidate is linking her liberal-leaning white primary opponent in Thursday's contest, Representative Steve Cohen, to the Ku Klux Klan in a television advertisement.
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
What McCain Should Do Next  —  Notwithstanding the hype about Barack Obama, here is where the presidential race stands: John McCain was within an average of 1.9% of his Democratic opponent in last week's daily Gallup tracking poll.  —  It shouldn't be this close.  Sen. Obama should be way ahead.
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 …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE EXCITING WORLD OF ASTROTURF MCCAIN ADVOCACY.
Discussion: Donklephant and Wonkette
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
A Way Back to the High Road?  —  The first question I asked John McCain and then Barack Obama was: How do you feel about the tone and direction of the campaign so far?  —  No surprise.  Both men pronounced themselves thoroughly frustrated by the personal bitterness and negativism they have seen …
New York Times:
Guilty as Ordered  —  Now that was a real nail-biter.  The court designed by the White House and its Congressional enablers to guarantee convictions of high-profile detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — using evidence obtained by torture and secret evidence as desired — has held its first trial.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: “America is no longer what it once was”  —  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, a seven-year-old girl asked …
Detroit Free Press:
Kilpatrick will spend night in jail  —  Giles unmoved by mayor's apology  —  Judge Ronald Giles just sent Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail moments after the mayor pleaded for forgiveness and admitted he made an unauthorized trip to Windsor on city business.
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Detroit News:
Mayor Kilpatrick jailed, files appeal
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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Benjamin Svetkey / EW.com:
Barack Obama: My Pop-Culture Favorites
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The Dish Rag
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Exploding The Edwards Mistress Scandal  —  The Raleigh News & Observer, which unlike other newspapers has never declared itself too good for the John Edwards love-child scandal, is first with the angle that will probably at long last propel the sordid tale into the Times and Washington Post …
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Drudge Report:
SPEAKER OF THE FLOP: PELOSI SELLS 2,737 COPIES OF BOOK  —  The most powerful woman in the history of American politics is suffering a humiliating defeat at the nation's bookstores, sales figures show.  —  In her first week at market, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sold just 2,737 copies …
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White House:
President Bush Visits with Burma Activists  —  Fact Sheet: The United States Supports the People of Burma  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for joining me.  I'm looking forward to my lunch with men and women who care deeply about the human condition in Burma.  —  Unfortunately, my wife is not here.
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Washington Post:
Bush Begins Beijing Visit as China Rebukes His Rights Speech
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Caucus
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Rebate Was a Flop.  Obama's Stimulus Plan Won't Work Either.  —  Congress enacted the tax rebate program earlier this year because it perceived a growing risk of recession.  In addition, it feared monetary policy alone would not be effective because of the dysfunctional credit markets.
Financial Times:
Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip  —  By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Edward Luce in Elkhart, Indiana  —  A senior adviser to Barack Obama has blamed recent attack advertisements comparing the Democratic presidential hopeful to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton …
Alice Thomson / Times of London:
Suddenly being green is not cool any more  —  As the credit crunch bites, environmental policies are being ditched.  But oddly we are doing better at saving the planet  —  Julie Burchill can't stand them.  According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy …
Saeed Shah / Guardian:
Pakistani president to be impeached  —  Pakistan's fragile coalition government today announced plans to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, throwing the country into new political turmoil.  —  Musharraf was today plotting his response with advisers and finally cancelled an on-off trip to the opening ceremony of the Olympic games.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Leahy's office hits back against Beck's Batman analogy.
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Joshua Zumbrun / Forbes:
America's Fastest-Dying Cities
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
State rep charged with assaulting teen
ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: Barack Is No Elitist
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Larry Sandler / JSOnline:
Fake names get voter registration workers investigated
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Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Hillary's Growing Shadow
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Age Issue  —  I've tended to dismiss it in the past …
Discussion: Althouse
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
The White House's Weak Denials
Jody Rosen / Slate:
Dude, You Stole My Article
Discussion: First Draft and BuzzMachine