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9:10 AM ET, August 21, 2008

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National Review:
Wow [Rich Lowry] From McCain campaign:  —  Please see comment from me on Barack Obama's new ad supposedly running in Georgia:  —  “Barack Obama's ad is ridiculous.  Because of John McCain, corruption was exposed and people like Jack Abramoff went to jail.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
“Wow”, Indeed - McCain Team Shoves Ayers Cover-Up Into The Spotlight  —  Rich Lowry reprints this press release from the McCain campaign: … That will make it harder for the media to ignore this.  Pete Yost of the AP reported on this (sort of) yesterday; today the Chicago Tribune local …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The joke's on McCain: Late-night comedians lay off Obama  —  A hilarious new study of late-night political jokes, due to be released later today, finds the network comedians clearly avoiding humor about Democratic candidate Barack Obama, while piling the jokes on President Bush and Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Welcome To Chicago - See You In November  —  Columnist John Kass of the Chicago Tribune welcomes Stanley Kurtz to Chicago and laughs at the idea that Kurtz will get ahold of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge archives linking Obama and Ayers before the election.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama
Discussion: Cold Fury
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 …
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Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Expertinent: Why Obama Could Use a Big Convention ‘Bump’  —  Right now, much of the political world is obsessing over a series of new polls indicating that the gap between Barack Obama and John McCain is shrinking.A just-released Quinnipiac survey, for example, shows McCain cutting Obama's lead …
The Politico:
McCain unsure how many houses he owns  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.  —  “I think - I'll have my staff get to you,” McCain told us in Las Cruces, N.M. “It's condominiums where - I'll have them get to you.”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Iraq Are Said to Have Set Withdrawal Timetable  —  BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi negotiators reached agreement on a security deal that calls for American military forces to leave Iraq's cities by next summer as a prelude to a full withdrawal from the country, according to senior American officials.
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Exiting Iraq, Petraeus Says Gains Are Fragile
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers  —  WASHINGTON — A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Emptywheel and ThreatsWatch
The Politico:
Exclusive: No single-term pledge for McCain  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M., — John McCain stated unequivocally in an interview with Politico Wednesday that he would not pledge to serve only a single four-year term, rejecting a suggestion that some allies believe would allay questions about his age …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and TIME.com
Associated Press:
Russia warns of response to US missile shield … MOSCOW (AP) - Russia says its response to the further development of a U.S. missile shield in Poland will go beyond diplomacy.  —  Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the U.S. missile shield plans are clearly aimed at weakening Russia.
Molly Hughes / CBS4Denver:
Dem Supporters Asked To Buy Obama Speech Tickets  —  DENVER (CBS4) ― Two known Democratic supporters are outraged at their own party after being solicited to buy tickets to Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field next Thursday, CBS4 reports.  The seats were distributed for free to the general public.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Up 45% to 43%
City Journal:
Report from Tbilisi  —  Russia's invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital.  Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting …
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Report Rejects Medicare Boast of Paring Fraud  —  Medicare's top officials said in 2006 that they had reduced the number of fraudulent and improper claims paid by the agency, keeping billions of dollars out of the hands of people trying to game the system.  —  But according to a confidential draft …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Obama's nomination “goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy” … On the August 19 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that “it is striking how unqualified [Sen. Barack] Obama is and …
Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Her life and legacy  —  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, five-term representative of the 11th Congressional District, died Wednesday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.  The Plain Dealer's coverage includes the story of her death as well as her vivacious legacy …
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Marc Ambinder:
Does McCain Favor a Draft?  Nope.  —  Liberals are having a conniption over Sen. John McCain's purported endorsement of a draft today.  —  In Las Crucas, New Mexico, a woman asked McCain about the “horrible conditions” that veterans often see when return from combat.  Here's the last few sentences:
 
 
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inRich.com:
Obama's Virginia tour comes to Chester today
Discussion: TIME.com
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Plan to Grab Some Denver Limelight
Discussion: TIME.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
In N.H., a Deal to Close
Discussion: Firedoglake
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Every Veep Has His Day  —  VICE PRESIDENTS!!!
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain Backs Away from Abortion Pledge
Jay Ambrose / www.dcexaminer.com:
Obama flat wrong on Americans' generosity
New York Post:
THE PEACE-AT-ANY-PRICE PERIL  —  WAR doesn't change anything!
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Petraeus Book ‘Endorsement’ Draws Fire
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Giuliani To Be Keynote Speaker At Republican National Convention
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Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Here's the audio of Obama endorsing Infanticide from the floor …
Bio-Medicine:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
IS IT TRUE?  —  Will the McCain as trigger-happy hothead work?
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