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12:45 PM ET, August 21, 2008

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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.”
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Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Kaine on McCain's House Gaffe: “He Couldn't Count High Enough”  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto report: Obama V.P. prospect and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine mocked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday for not knowing exactly how many houses he owns.  —  “I understand that Sen. McCain …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Become One  —  I was wondering yesterday how it is that you manage to spend almost $4.7 million on a condo in Phoenix, and the answer turns out to be that the McCains bought two luxury condos and combined them.  The $4.66 million figure is the combined price of his cribs.
Discussion: The RBC
The Huffington Post:
McCain Doesn't Remember How Many Houses He Owns  —  John McCain said in an interview with Politico on 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 said.  “It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma  —  I've seen a lot of liberals giving John McCain a hard time about not knowing how many homes he owns.  But this is a genuinely difficult question to answer!  There's the case of his two-for-one condo in Phoenix, for example.  And there's also the tricky question of McCain …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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 …
CNN:
Obama takes swipe at McCain over houses  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign continued to hit John McCain on his failure to answer a question on the number of homes he owns with a new ad Thursday, as the presumptive Democratic nominee hammered the same point on the campaign trail in Virginia and the McCain camp battled back.
Discussion: Wonkette and AMERICAblog News
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
A housing issue: McCain not sure how many they own
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog News
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama  —  Conservative writer Stanley Kurtz—researching an article for the National Review about connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers—made a big mistake.  —  The poor man took a wrong turn on the Chicago Way.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Welcome To Chicago - See You In November
Discussion: Flopping Aces and pandagon.net
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Daley on Ayers & Obama
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show  —  (updated below)  —  As our political culture, economic security, standing in the world and our media institutions have all degraded beyond recognition after eight years of right-wing rule (much of it cheered on by The New Republic) …
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The New Republic:
The Dawn of Maddow  —  MSNBC is confirming its long-rumored move …
Discussion: TPMCafe
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.
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.
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
David Cho / Washington Post:
A Few Speculators Dominate Vast Market for Oil Trading  —  Regulators had long classified a private Swiss energy conglomerate called Vitol as a trader that primarily helped industrial firms that needed oil to run their businesses.  —  But when the Commodity Futures Trading Commission examined Vitol's books …
Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR poll: Obama leads, but contest is fluid  —  The results of a new Minnesota Public Radio and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll show Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain in the state by 10 percentage points.  But the poll indicates the race is still very fluid.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
In Sedona during Dem convo, McCain to film spots, take day trips  —  My colleague Lisa Lerer, travelling with McCain, sends word that the candidate is now at his cabin in Sedona, which he'll make his base of operations as the spotlight focuses on Obama.  —  Per Lerer, McCain will film commercials …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TIME.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Another McCain Religious Story  —  This is interesting.  Part of the McCain Celebrity, as packaged for the evangelical base, is the rescue of two Bangladeshi girls at the behest of Mother Theresa, one of whom, Bridget, they subsequently adopted.  During my live-blogging of Saddleback …
 
 
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McCain and Obama tax plans diverge on wealth
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John J. Miller / The Corner:
Cross-in-the-Dirt Watch  —  Yesterday, I talked to Bud Day …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Hot Air
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Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama
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