The Note's Must-Reads

2008: McCain and Obama:

The New York Times' Michael Cooper and Dalia Sussman: "Voters in Poll Want Priority to Be Economy, Their Top Issue" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler: "McCain Closes Gap on Obama In Poll as Conventions Loom" LINK

Bloomberg's Matthew Benjamin: "Americans Less Gloomy on Economy Amid Discontent, Poll Finds" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Karl Rove: "Conventions Need a Believable Script" LINK

The New York Times' Carl Hulse: "Advocacy Groups, in Big Ad Campaigns, Step Up Intensity of Senate Races" LINK

The Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel and Lisa Lerer: "Candidates stump in swing states, trade shots" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Elisabeth Holmes: "Republicans Plan to Grab Some Denver Limelight" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Power: "Voters Want Everything on Energy" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Stephen Braun: "McCain and Obama tax plans diverge on wealth" LINK

The Boston Globe's Michael Kranish: "Lieberman both courted and loathed" LINK

2008: McCain:

The Washington Post's Lois Romano: "The Silver Bullet - Steve Schmidt Makes Sure His Candidate Knows Exactly What He Is Shooting For" LINK

The Politico's Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen: "Exclusive: McCain calls lobbyists 'birds of prey'" LINK

The Politico's Alexander Burns: "Poll: McCain holds edge on patriotism" LINK

The Associated Press: "McCain Spent $32 Million in July" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Maeve Reston and Bob Drogin: "Conservatives urge McCain to select a running mate who opposes abortion" LINK

The Associated Press: "Giuliani to be keynote speaker at GOP convention" LINK

Bloomberg's Hans Nichols: "McCain's Knife-Wielding Captor Leads Vietnam in Rooting for Him" LINK

The Hill's Claus Marre: "Romney, Jindal to Speak on VP Night at GOP Convention" LINK

The New York Sun's Russell Berman: "King Calls Lieberman 'Perfect' VP" LINK

The Boston Heralds' Hillary Chabot: "Rumors Swirl as Mitt Romney Named RNC Speaker" LINK

2008: Obama:

The New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye: "Obama Shifts Message to Everyday Concerns" LINK

The New York Times' Michael Powell: "Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama" LINK

The Washington Post's Anita Kumar: "Obama Courts Southside Virginia - Focus Is on Jobs In Conservative, Troubled Region" LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "Obama Team Seeks Changes in Primaries - Plan Reduces Role of Superdelegates" LINK

The Washington Post's David Nakamura: "At-Large Superdelegates - Plugged In Nationally, Tuned Out Of the District" LINK

The Politico's Glenn Thrush: "Clinton plots 'whip team' to quell protests" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Seema Mehta and Stuart Silverstein: "Barack Obama courts middle-class Virginians with tax strategy" LINK

USA Today's Kathy Kiely: "Obama tours GOP-leaning South" LINK

The Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni: "Warner, Webb Stump with Obama in VA" LINK

The Washington Times' Donald Lambro: "Polling Scores" LINK

Time Magazine's Karen Tumulty and David Von Drehle: "Interview: Obama on his Veep Thinking" LINK

The New York Sun's Russell Berman: "Summers Manages Low Profile While Advising Senator Obama" LINK

The New York Sun's R. Emmett Tyrell Jr.: "The Other Obama" LINK

The Boston Herald's Margery Eagan: "Obama's Not Over the Hill Yet: He Might Still Need her to Win" LINK

The Boston Herald's Jerry Kronenberg: "Barack Obama's Commonwealth: Bay State Tops in Per Capita Donations" LINK

2008: Rep. Tubbs Jones:

The New York Times' Dennis Hevesi: "Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Lawmaker, Dies at 58" LINK

The Hill's Jared Allen: "Rep. Tubbs Jones Dead" LINK