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11:45 AM 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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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.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain winning in new poll, follows trend
Michael Moore:
“Caroline: Pull a Cheney!”  An Open Letter to Caroline Kennedy (head of the Obama VP search team) from Michael Moore  —  We've never met, so I hope you don't find this letter too presumptuous or inappropriate.  As its contents involve the public's business, I am sending this to you via the public on the Internet.
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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.
Discussion: The Corner and Open Left
Chicago Tribune:
Obama returning to Springfield; will running mate be with him?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Talk of McCain's No. 2 Concerns Conservatives
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  —  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: Salon, The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
Sergey Lavrov / Wall Street Journal:
America Must Choose Between Georgia and Russia
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger
Discussion: The RBC
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Obama's 2003 Stand on Abortion Draws New Criticism in 2008  —  Abortion, a familiar issue in elections past, has again emerged in recent days as a focus of controversy.  Senator Barack Obama is coming under intense fire from anti-abortion groups because of the position he took …
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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.
Discussion: Nice Deb
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama's Invesco sell-out an “underground fundraiser”  —  Secret web pages and hard-sale tactics have replaced Hope and Change for the Democratic convention.  The CBS affiliate in Denver discovered a hidden website that sold tickets to the Invesco Field acceptance speech by Barack Obama on August 29th …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TBogg and The Democratic Daily
Juanita Cousins / Associated Press:
Researcher says bigfoot just a rubber gorilla suit  —  ATLANTA (AP) - Turns out Bigfoot was just a rubber suit.  Two researchers on a quest to prove the existence of Bigfoot say that the carcass encased in a block of ice - handed over to them for an undisclosed sum by two men who claimed to have found it …
Discussion: The Swamp and www.redstate.com
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CNN:
Bigfoot claim a fake, ex-enthusiast says
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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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
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THIS BUD'S FOR YOU, ALGEBRA CLASS.
Discussion: Cogitamus
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Takes Hands-Off Approach With Platform
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Denver's homeless get free haircuts to look good for Obama and his Democrats
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Offer Services for Bloggers at the Conventions
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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ABCNEWS:
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Americans play Monopoly, Russians chess
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
More people get news from web than TV or print
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bye Bye Barry (Guest Voice)
Discussion: TBogg
Jabari Asim / Mother Jones:
The Audacity of Hype?  —  NEWS: Is Barack Obama exaggerating …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McClellan to Obama: Don't investigate us
Marc Ambinder:
Your VP, Senator. What Will “He” Be Like?