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9:10 AM ET, August 20, 2008

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Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Poll: McCain Makes a Move, Takes 5-Point Lead Over Obama  —  Obama loses ground among Dems, women, Catholics & even younger voters  —  UTICA, New York - As Russian tanks rolled into the Republic of Georgia and the presidential candidates met over the weekend in the first joint issues forum …
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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.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and McCain in a statistical tie  —  People watch as Sen. Obama arrives at the Sheraton hotel today in Raleigh North Carolina.  McCain and his allies have portrayed Obama in recent weeks as a naive celebrity who is unprepared to lead the nation in dangerous times.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN poll of polls: Obama lead cut in half
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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Bill Carter / TV Decoder:
Rachel Maddow to Replace Dan Abrams on MSNBC  —  Rachel Maddow, shown filling in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown” last month.  Ms. Maddow will host the 9 p.m. hour beginning Sept. 8.  (Ress Greenberg/ New York Times)  —  Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election …
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Rachel Gets Her Own MSNBC Show  —  Happy Now?  —  The network will be formally announcing this tomorrow, but I am pleased to inform you in this fully authorized leak, that as of Monday, September 8, our mutual friend Ms. Maddow will become host of her own show, on MSNBC, at 9 PM Eastern Time.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show
Discussion: American Power and Open Left
Marc Ambinder:
Your VP, Senator.  What Will “He” Be Like?  —  Sen. Barack Obama usually describes his vice presidential nominee with two pronouns joined by a conjunction... “he or she.”  Tonight, in North Carolina, according to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, Obama was gender specific.
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy'
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama Uses “He” Pronoun When Discussing His VP
Discussion: Political Radar and TalkLeft
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against The One  —  In the dead of night in a small hideaway office in the deserted Capitol, a clandestine meeting takes place between two senators with one goal.  —  They grin at each other as they lift their celebratory shots of brutally cold Stolichnaya.
Discussion: Commentary and Whiskey Fire
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Just call me, ‘Political Animal’  —  Now that my friend Kevin Drum has made the announcement, I can pass along the big news.  —  Starting this Friday, Aug. 22, Kevin will be leaving the Washington Monthly, heading over to a new blog at Mother Jones.  He'll be replaced at Political Animal by ... me.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MOVING TIME....I have some news to share: on Friday, after four wonderful years at the Washington Monthly, I'll be picking up my keyboard and moving to a new blog at Mother Jones magazine.  Here's the new URL: … There nothing there yet except for a welcome message, but starting on Friday, that's where I'll be blogging full time.
Discussion: TBogg and The Democratic Daily
Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War  —  THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces' assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us.  But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
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Sergey Lavrov / Wall Street Journal:
America Must Choose Between Georgia and Russia
Discussion: Right Wing News
CBN.com:
Obama Campaign to Brody File: Infanticide Suggestion “Offensive and Insulting”  —  As you know, we here at The Brody File pride ourselves on laying out both sides of an argument and letting you, the readers come to your own conclusions.  Hence, let's delve into the aftermath …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Candidates' Abortion Views Not So Simple
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Ads in Key States Go on Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has started a sustained and hard-hitting advertising campaign against Senator John McCain in states that will be vital this fall, painting Mr. McCain in a series of commercials as disconnected from the economic struggles of the middle class.
Discussion: Guardian, The Jed Report and Don Surber
David Freddoso / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Played by Chicago Rules  —  Democrats don't like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.  —  By clearing out the incumbent and the others in his first Democratic primary for state Senate …
Tim Montgomerie / America in the World's …:
A World Without The American Soldier  — The first World Without America video.  — A background briefing on the contribution of the US military to the world today.  — Please sign our global declaration against anti-Americanism.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bye Bye Barry (Guest Voice)  —  This is another Guest Voice by Joel S. Hirschhorn, who is highly critical of both major political parties and who advocates a constitutional convention.  Should we save this post for use on election day?  Guest Voice posts do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TMV or its writers.
Discussion: TBogg
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
More people get news from web than TV or print  —  Only a quarter of Americans now pick up a newspaper daily - whereas 37 per cent go online for news, according to a study  —  The web is now a more important source of news for most Americans than either newspapers or free-to-air television.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Talk About Audacity!  —  Speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars this morning, Barack Obama delivered an amazing show of chutzpah.  John McCain had addressed the VFW yesterday, and as the Associated Press reports, he was predictably critical of Obama: … Here is Obama's reply:
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Talk of McCain's No. 2 Concerns Conservatives  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Senator John McCain is facing increasing scrutiny about his selection of a running mate as some social conservatives expressed alarm on Tuesday that Mr. McCain might ask a candidate who favors abortion rights to join him on the ticket.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Almost Like Reporting  —  Pete Yost of the AP covers the cover-up of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge archives described yesterday by Stanley Kurtz at NRO: … Since the mainstream media has never yet reported on this Ayers/Obama link the typical reader is probably scratching his or her head.
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
University won't open Obama-related records now
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hot Air
 
 
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