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9:20 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll of polls: Obama's once-comfortable lead gone
Marc Ambinder:   New NBC/WSJ, CBS/NYT Polls
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
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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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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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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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