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1:45 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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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 …
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.
Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
Arizona poll: McCain holds lead over Obama  —  28% of voters surveyed remain undecided  —  The latest Arizona poll shows Sen. John McCain maintaining a solid 10-point lead in his home state over Sen. Barack Obama, although a large number of registered voters are undecided less than three months before the election.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Good News For Obama  —  Let me preface my remarks by saying that I am a firm believer that the national polling really does not matter until after the second convention.  When both candidates have chosen their VP and held their conventions, then I think we will really get a good idea of how the candidates are stacking up.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Conservative Group Finds Networks Positive on Obama
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Zogby: Obama suffers 15-point swing, trails by 5
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 …
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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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger
Discussion: The RBC
Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War
Discussion: Salon, The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
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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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani to give keynote at GOP convention  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will give the keynote address at the Republican National Convention next month.  —  First lady Laura Bush, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain's former Republican rivals will speak as well.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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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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.
CBS News:
Report: Rep. Tubbs Jones On Life Support  —  Congresswoman From Cleveland Hospitalized After Suffering Aneurysm  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News reporter Ryan Corsaro.  —  Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, is reported to have suffered an aneurysm and is not expected to recover …
Discussion: Think Progress and TIME.com
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
 
 
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Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
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