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12:45 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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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.
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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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Zogby: Obama suffers 15-point swing, trails by 5
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain winning in new poll, follows trend
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Did We Expect?  —  If the conflict in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin.  The silver medal for bone-headed recklessness would go to Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal …
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Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War
Discussion: Salon, The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger
Discussion: The RBC
Sergey Lavrov / Wall Street Journal:
America Must Choose Between Georgia and Russia
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
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 …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Sen. Joe Lieberman to speak at GOP convention  —  WASHINGTON - Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate in 2000 and now an independent who is one of John McCain's strongest supporters, will speak at the Republican National Convention, an official said.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Denver's homeless get free haircuts to look good for Obama and his Democrats  —  Last month The Ticket wrote that officials in Denver, worried about the impression that 50,000 visitors to the Democratic National Convention would get next week, were planning to hide the estimated 4,000 homeless people …
Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Local Clinton backers, McCain adviser meet  —  A brother of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and local Democrats who backed her unsuccessful presidential campaign socialized privately Monday with a top surrogate of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
McCain scores a bump from Saddleback  —  He clashed with their leaders in his 2000 campaign.  He struggled to gain their votes during the 2008 primaries.  And he still doesn't spend much time talking about the issues they consider most important.  —  But after Saturday night's televised forum …
Discussion: QandO
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Pastor Rick's Test
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama's Wide Web  —  From YouTube to Text Messaging, Candidate's Team Connects to Voters  —  Amid the cramped, crowded cubicles inside Sen. Barack Obama's campaign headquarters here, sandals are as ubiquitous as iPods.  Two young guys in shorts and T-shirts throw a football around.
Discussion: MyDD and Jack & Jill Politics
New York Magazine:
Heilemann: McCain's Pro-Choice V.P. Bluff  —  The alarm bells started ringing last week in the rightmost corners of Republican Nation, when John McCain suggested to The Weekly Standard that the door was still open to the possibility of his naming Tom Ridge as his running mate.
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Talk of McCain's No. 2 Concerns Conservatives
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Conservative Group Finds Networks Positive on Obama  —  It's no secret that Barack Obama has gotten awfully good coverage from the media in this campaign, and plenty of it.  —  Now the conservative Media Research Center says the imbalance is far greater than anyone imagined.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
BASHING SOROS.  —  Jesse makes fun of it here, but the Right's success in making “Soros-funded” an epithet has been startling, and the effects depressing.  Soros himself is now cautious about who he funds, refusing to act as lead donor in controversial initiatives where his presence could endanger the project's credibility.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Candidates' Abortion Views Not So Simple  —  The narrative of the presidential campaign appeared to be set on the issue of abortion: Sen. Barack Obama was the abortion-rights candidate who was reaching out to foes, seeking common ground and making inroads.  Sen. John McCain was the abortion …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Pocketbook Issue  —  A Pay Case That Obama Needs to Woo Women
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
Court Rejects E.P.A. Limits on Emissions Rules
Discussion: Think Progress and The Bellows
Lucy Cockcroft / Telegraph:
Liars are exposed by blinking
Discussion: Don Surber
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Obama Adviser Offers Some Advice to Damascus
Discussion: Hot Air and www.redstate.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Brooks: McCain is an Unprincipled Sellout
Discussion: The American Scene
Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
Why people should be worried about the polls
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Job-Seeker Who Changed Her Gender Goes to Court
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NBC News Correspondent Named Anchor of New Public Television Newscast
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
‘To The Gates Of Hell’ — Just Not Into Pakistan
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama's Invesco sell-out an “underground fundraiser”
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Hits Celebrity Theme Again in New Radio Ad
Gary Duncan / Times of London:
Credit crunch may take out large US bank warns former IMF chief
Discussion: The Daily Dish
ABCNEWS:
Head-Faker-in-Chief?
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Citizens' U.S. Border Crossings Tracked
Tim Montgomerie / America in the World's …:
A World Without The American Soldier
Discussion: Nice Deb
David Freddoso / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Played by Chicago Rules