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6:35 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
Smothering the Hatchet  —  Hillary's former communications director on how to close the Clinton-Obama rift.  —  The New Republic has asked me what advice I would give to Senator Obama to improve relations with the Clintons during this convention week.  —  To be clear, I believe …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech  —  A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president, according to sources familiar with their schedules.  —  Clinton will deliver her speech Tuesday night.
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
Anatomy of a Subplot  —  The Democratic convention now teeters on the brink of a media disaster thanks to real news that threatens to distract reporters from the scripted show.  —  And wouldn't you know, it's all about the Clintons.  The trouble with the news-free nature of modern conventions …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
No guidance from Clinton  —  Speaking to reporters after her address to the New York delegation, Clinton offered delegates no instruction on how to cast their votes, Amie Parnes reports.  —  “I will be telling my delegates that I will vote for Barack Obama,” she said.  “How they vote is a more personal decision.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Operation Chaos gets more chaotic: racial slurs against Hillary supporters
Discussion: Wake up America and Sister Toldjah
William Kristol / New York Times:
A Joe of His Own?  —  The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced the midday calm here on Saturday, as Barack Obama confirmed that his vice presidential choice was not Clinton, who got about 18 million votes this year running against him, but rather Joe Biden, who gained the support …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SURE-TO-BE-WRONG-PREDICTION: WHY MCCAIN WILL CHOOSE LIEBERMAN.  —  Consensus around DC seems to be that John McCain would love to pick his friend Joe Lieberman, but won't.  It's possible that that consensus, built atop the same ace reporting that gave us vice presidents Evan Bayh and Chet Edwards, will prove correct.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and pandagon.net
Michael Idov / New York Magazine:
Joe Vengeance  —  Joe Lieberman says he left the Democratic Party and is stumping for John McCain out of principle.  Really?  —  Senator Joe Lieberman enters the room, but I can't see him—just a centipedelike scrum of black suits and Hasid hats that has formed around him and now moves, buzzing, toward the dais.
Discussion: The New Republic
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Focused  —  I attended a Frank Luntz focus group consisting of 21 undecided voters (Add: equally divided between men and women, a range of ages—20s to 70s, I'd say) yesterday and the results were stunning: bad news for both Obama and McCain, but slightly worse—I think—for Obama.  Some observations:
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Tied as Democratic Convention Starts  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The last Gallup Poll Daily tracking polling conducted before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention shows Barack Obama and John McCain tied at 45%.  —  The latest update includes two days …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: KICKING OFF THE CONVENTIONS
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
CNN:
Dean opens convention; Kennedy may speak
Discussion: TalkLeft and Real Clear Politics
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PARTY PEOPLE: KAREN BROWN AND BONNIE TIERNEY, CLINTON AND MCCAIN SUPPORTERS  —  TAP ran into Karen Brown and Bonnie Tierney on 16th Street in Denver, Colorado.  Brown was wearing a Hillary Clinton shirt and a John McCain button.  They weren't delegates, but they'd come down from Colorado Springs to bear witness to the convention.
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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Little Green Footballs:
Zombie: The Denver Games — Opening Ceremony  —  (Zombie's reports are cross-posted at Pajamas Media.)  —  Although the Democratic National Convention doesn't start until today, Monday, August 25, the protests against the convention started the day before on Sunday.
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Michelle Malkin:
Hot Air TV at the DNC: Marxists unite!
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air
Washington Wire:
McCain's Yankee Doodle Daddy  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Phoenix on the presidential race.  —  John McCain made it clear who his daddy was Monday morning.  —  Daddy Yankee, the hip-hop star from Puerto Rico, endorsed the Republican candidate Monday morning.
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Matt / Think Progress:
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins tasked with ‘causing trouble’ at Democratic convention.  —  Yesterday, Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins waded into the Re-create '68 protest outside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where he was greeted with expletives as he antagonized the crowd by asking …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Accentuate the Negative  —  So the Obama campaign has turned to the politics of personal destruction, attempting to make a campaign issue out of John McCain's inability to remember how many houses he has.  And the turn comes not a moment too soon.  —  Over the past month or so many Democrats …
Nancy Gibbs / Time:
Cindy McCain's Mission to Georgia  —  It's not every aspiring First Lady whose comfort zone is a war zone, but such is the case for Cindy McCain, who left Monday on a mission to Georgia to assess the civilian casualties caused by the Russian invasion.  —  McCain is traveling …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Are the Denver Dems Downing Stocks?  —  Are the Denver Dems downing the stock market today?  The Dow is off 230 points, starting right from the get-go.  So-called market analysts are blaming financials and the credit crunch as they always do.  But there's more.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TARGETING OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER.... One need look no further than its party platform to know the Texas Republican Party is, shall we say, a little unusual idiosyncratic.  This is, after all, the same party committed, in writing, to eliminating Social Security, church-state separation …
Discussion: Salon, Nitpicker and The Debate Link
 
 
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Patrick Donahue / Bloomberg:
Germans Overwhelmingly Favor Obama Over McCain, Poll Shows
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Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
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Marc Ambinder:
This Convention Is About A Number
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
NEW YORK DELEGATES WARNED NOT TO DRINK AT DNC
DBKP:
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Yeas and Nays:
Durbin: McCain's a baller, too
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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