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August 15, 2007

Here's Barack Obama talking about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post:

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Iraq's Yezidi sect was decimated by bombers last night near the town of Sinhar, with at least 175 dead. The Yezidi have been fervent supporters of the Americans in Iraq. Last fall, Lawrence F. Kaplan reported from Sinjar:

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And are the Democratic candidates paying enough attention to that possibility? A plugged-in reader of Marc Ambinder's says (probably) yes and no:

I would bet that "it's the economy stupid" is going to be right up there with "bring them home" when it comes to sloganeering on the campaign trial next year.

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I thought this, from Karl Rove, was too priceless to ignore:

When asked about the House Democratic leadership, Rove said: "This last election was a very close election, and I think they misread the results. They think they've got some mandate to raise taxes and blow up the budget. It's just unbelievably out of touch with reality."

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Karl Rove's conversation with Rush Limbaugh included this nugget, which had been talked about in a lot of hard news pieces but without specific numbers:

RUSH: How many books have you guys read?KARL ROVE: I beat him last year, 110 to 94, and I'm ahead this year. I won't give you the total because it would crush you, and again he keeps saying, "Look, I'm the leader of the Free World, but, you know, I won the first year." In fact, it was almost ... It was very funny.

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August 14, 2007

Eric Kleefeld highlights Bill Richardson's latest effort to climb out of the hole he dug himself at the gay debate, when he told Melissa Etheridge that homosexuality was a choice. Here's Richardson's new excuse:

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Ezra Klein, in what I gather is a shot at publications like Slate and TNR, writes:

I really like Josh Green's description of Rove, which also describes a whole class of folks I know, and I think accounts for some of the more remarkable errors in judgment that afflict this town:

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Just when you thought things couldn't get more screwed up in Iraq, here's Juan Cole (via Andrew) with some odd--and disturbing--news:

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In his new GQ profile of Barack Obama our esteemed former colleague Ryan Lizza gets to the nub of Obama's campaign:

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People of a certain age from the tri-state area will understand why his death had me hunting in YouTube for "The Money Store." The search yielded this hilarious compilation of 1980s commercials. Rizzuto's is the second one, but the anti-drug ad at the end is actually the best:

--Michael Crowley

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