In the dog days of summer, a horserace heats up

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In a new segment, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews gives his take on the day’s top headlines. 

Hillary Clinton – all sealed up?
Hillary Clinton is running for president based on her service and experience in the Clinton White House. But how can we judge it if we don’t have access to the records? Hillary has successfully sealed off millions of pages from her time in the White House, denying reporters and historians’ information about meetings she held and attended. After eight years of a secretive Bush administration, will voters go for a candidate who won’t put her cards on the table?

Elizabeth Edwards attacks again
Elizabeth Edwards goes on the attack again, this time targeting Barack Obama. In an interview with the Progressive Magazine, Elizabeth referred to Obama as “holier-than-thou” when it comes to the war and went after the lack of guts in the Clinton health care plan and the 15 million people left out of the Obama health care plan.

New poll favors Giuliani
Plus, a new CBS poll out today shows Rudy Giuliani with a 20-point lead over number two Fred Thompson, who is down 7 points. The poll also shows that 46 percent of Americans believe the Iraq war is creating more terrorists; just 18 percent believe it’s eliminating them.

Michelle Obama fights back
And finally, Michelle Obama again sharply condemned discussion of whether or not Barack Obama is “black enough,” a question raised by the National Association of Black Journalists last week. Michelle said, “We are messing with the heads of our children by raising the question.”

In the dog days of summer, a horserace heats up

Updated