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8:45 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, sources say  —  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress, has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, said sources familiar with the situation.  —  She was removed from life support at 12:19 p.m. at Huron Road Hospital, the sources said.
Discussion: Washington Post and Sister Toldjah
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Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Family, hospital confirm Stephanie Tubbs Jones' death  —  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones' family and officials at Huron Hospital have announced that the five-term congresswoman has died.  —  She was 58.  —  This is the statement:
CNN:
Ohio congresswoman Tubbs Jones hospitalized  —  (CNN) — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio — a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters — was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, the hospital said.
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio dies after hemorrhage  —  EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland Clinic official says Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio has died.  —  Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil says Tubbs Jones died at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused …
CBS News:
Report: Rep. Tubbs Jones On Life Support
Clinton Supporter / CNN:
Doctor: Congresswoman remains in critical condition
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio in critical condition after hemorrhage
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: McCain halves Obama's lead  —  Obama up three points; still hasn't convinced some Clinton backers  —  WASHINGTON - With just days before the vice-presidential announcements, the political conventions and the final sprint to Election Day, Republican Sen. John McCain has cut Democrat …
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CBS News:
CBS/NYT Poll: McCain Cuts Obama's Lead  —  Democrat Edges Republican 45% To 42% In Poll Of Registered Voters  —  (CBS) Republican John McCain has cut Democrat Barack Obama's nationwide lead in half, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.  Obama now has the support of 45 percent …
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: McCain Running a Negative Campaign  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  By a nearly six-to-one margin, voters say Republican presidential candidate John McCain is running a negative campaign against his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Discussion: Associated Press
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton creates ‘whip team’ to quell anti-Obama protests  —  In an unusual move, Hillary Clinton's staff is creating a 40-member “whip team” at the Denver Democratic convention to ensure that her supporters don't engage in embarrassing anti-Obama demonstrations during the floor vote on her nomination …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll of polls: Obama's once-comfortable lead gone
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll shows McCain in 5-point lead over Obama  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama campaign set to release TV ad linking McCain, Reed  —  A newly aggressive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is set to release a new TV ad in Georgia tomorrow, drawing a connection between Republican John McCain's decision not to call Ralph Reed before a Senate panel …
Marc Ambinder:   On Those National Polls  —  The Obama campaign has two disadvantages …
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Battleground Poll: McCain +1
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Existenz / Old Man McCain:
Rare Video: Barack Obama Circa 1995  —  Curious to see what Barack Obama was like before he got into politics?  —  This rare TV interview from 1995 will give you some insight.  One thing is clear - the guy is consistent.  He's been talking about post-racial, non-polarized politics for over a decade now.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates  —  Barack Obama's campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during …
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Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Local Clinton backers, McCain adviser meet
Frank James / The Swamp:
Dems seek to end primary madness
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FREE ADVICE, WORTH EVERY PENNY  —  Don't ever demand someone stop attacking you.  Doesn't work.  Don't do it.  Sounds weak.  Sounds pathetic.  And a lot else.  —  Look at John McCain attacking my patriotism.  It's sad what he's become.  He'll do anything to get elected.  Attack my patriotism.
Discussion: Corrente and The RBC
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Ken Whitehouse / Nashville Post:
Obama team to hold ‘major’ event Saturday in Bayh's Indiana  —  Campaign team gathering for possible veep announcement  —  NashvillePost.com has learned that senior campaign officials from the Barack Obama Presidential campaign are being dispatched from various locations around the country …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Tea Leaf Reading on the Way to the Vice Presidency
Discussion: TIME.com
Krooney / TIME.com:
Obama's Rice, Clarke Drill McCain Over and Over  —  The Obama advisers light into McCain, his support for the Iraq War and his general attitude toward combat on afternoon media call.  —  Listen to the full call here. … McCain camp response here.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain Is A Reckless Hothead
Discussion: MyDD and Old Man McCain
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain On Reinstituting A Military Draft: 'I Don't Disagree'  —  Today at a townhall meeting, an audience member praised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his vow to “follow bin Laden to the gates of hell.”  After a long question about veterans' care, the questioner said she believed we needed …
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Nick Pisa / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's ‘lost’ brother found in Kenya  —  Senator Barack Obama's long lost brother has been tracked down for the first time living in a shanty town in Kenya, reports claimed.  —  The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut …
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS BLOCKBUSTER NEW EXPOSE!  —  The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's exclusive ongoing investigation uncovers shocking new revelations about The John Edwards Scandal!  —  The day prior to Edwards bombshell admission to an affair on ABC's Nightline, Rielle Hunter and her 6 month old daughter …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger  —  It was February 2006 in Munich, and John McCain's eyes were flashing with the mischievous spark that comes when he's about to fire a verbal rocket.  “I've got a zinger coming,” he told me, referring to a speech on Russia he would give a few hours later at the annual Munich Conference on Security Policy.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: I'm Questioning Obama's Patriotism?  Moi?  Never!  —  Responding to Obama's demand yesterday that John McCain stop saying mean stuff questioning his patriotism, McCain himself will take up the issue today on the stump and deny that he'd ever done such a vile thing.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain: Questioning Obama's judgment, not his patriotism
 
 
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