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9:45 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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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 and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:
New NBC/WSJ, CBS/NYT Polls  —  These are two of the best polls in the business, and they're remarkably similar.  Obama leads by three, within the margin the error.  Obama's favorables have declined over the summer.  Clinton supporters remain skeptical and even give McCain an edge in certain attributes.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll of polls: Obama's once-comfortable lead gone
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll shows McCain in 5-point lead over Obama
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Battleground Poll: McCain +1
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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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.
Plain Dealer / Cleveland Metro News:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, passionate politician, dies at 58
Discussion: Moue Magazine
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio dies after hemorrhage
Clinton Supporter / CNN:
Doctor: Congresswoman remains in critical condition
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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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 …
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Marc Ambinder:
On Those National Polls  —  The Obama campaign has two disadvantages when it comes to spinning reporters about poll numbers.  —  One is an us-versus-the-establishment mentality that has, at times, served to protect the campaign from the ill-winds of fashionable opinion: last summer, the national press all but wrote Obama's obituary.
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
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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  —  In an apparent effort to regain the offensive, the Obama campaign launched a broad attack on McCain today, portraying him as reckless on foreign policy, a hot-head who's too willing to use force and not willing enough to apprise himself of facts …
Discussion: Old Man McCain and MyDD
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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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
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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Frank James / The Swamp:
Dems seek to end primary madness
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Exclusive: McCain calls lobbyists ‘birds of prey’  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called lobbyists “birds of prey” Wednesday and vowed to enforce a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of his administration.  —  “Whenever there's a corrupt system, then you're …
 
 
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Limbaugh: Obama's nomination “goes back to the fact that nobody …
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Dan Mihalopoulos / Clout St:
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HOW THE CONVENTION BALL BOUNCES
Ryan / Think Progress:
McCain: ‘I Still Believe The Fundamentals Of The Economy Are Strong’
Discussion: The Reaction
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: I'm Questioning Obama's Patriotism? Moi? Never!
Soren Dayton / The Next Right:
Bipartisan VP thoughts
Discussion: TIME.com
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