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9:45 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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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:
“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 …
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
School seals records on Obama's service with radical Ayers
Discussion: Hot Air and The Swamp
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Cold Fury
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 of combat troops 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
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 …
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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 …
Time:
Obama on His Veep Thinking  —  TIME: Your speeches seem to be getting far tougher.  —  Well, it's getting to be crunch time.  Now is the time where people are going to start paying attention, leading up into the convention, and we've got to make sure that people understand the choices that are at stake.
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Obama's VP: The Candidate Drops Some Hints
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: ThreatsWatch, Emptywheel and TalkLeft
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.
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Plan to Grab Some Denver Limelight  —  John McCain and the Republican Party have their own plans for next week in Denver, including a parade of high-profile surrogates, a Web site touting new attack videos, and a tagline for the Democrats' convention: A Mile High and an Inch Deep.
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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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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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%
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
Bryant Jordan / Military.com:
Petraeus Book ‘Endorsement’ Draws Fire  —  Gen. David Petraeus is used to controversy surrounding the war in Iraq, but his publicized thoughts on an Army chaplain's book for Soldiers put him squarely in the middle of the ongoing conflict over religious proselytizing in the U.S. military.
 
 
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
White House missing as many as 225 days of e-mail
David Cho / Washington Post:
A Few Speculators Dominate Vast Market for Oil Trading
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan McLaughlin / www.redstate.com:
DNC on Eric Cantor: “Both Abramoff and Cantor are Jewish”
David Gergen / CNN:
Obama: In Need of a Game Changer
Discussion: TalkLeft and PoliGazette
Alan Travis / Guardian:
MI5 report challenges views on terrorism in Britain
inRich.com:
Obama's Virginia tour comes to Chester today
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain Backs Away from Abortion Pledge
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Report Rejects Medicare Boast of Paring Fraud
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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!
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Giuliani To Be Keynote Speaker At Republican National Convention
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Here's the audio of Obama endorsing Infanticide from the floor …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
IS IT TRUE?  —  Will the McCain as trigger-happy hothead work?
Marc Ambinder:
Does McCain Favor a Draft? Nope.
 

 
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