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7:05 PM 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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Marc Ambinder:
On Those National Polls  —  The Obama campaign has two disadvantages when it comes to spinning reporters about poll numbers.  —  One is an us-versus-the-establishment mentality that has, at times, served to protect the campaign from the ill-winds of fashionable opinion: last summer, the national press all but wrote Obama's obituary.
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.
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: McCain Running a Negative Campaign  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  By a nearly six-to-one margin, voters say Republican presidential candidate John McCain is running a negative campaign against his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama campaign set to release TV ad linking McCain, Reed
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Hotline On Call
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Battleground Poll: McCain +1
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, sources say  —  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress, has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, said sources familiar with the situation.  —  She was removed from life support at 12:19 p.m. at Huron Road Hospital, the sources said.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Caucus
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CNN:
Ohio congresswoman Tubbs Jones hospitalized  —  (CNN) — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio — a Democratic superdelegate and one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters — was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, the hospital said.
CBS News:
Report: Rep. Tubbs Jones On Life Support  —  Congresswoman From Cleveland Hospitalized After Suffering Aneurysm  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News reporter Ryan Corsaro.  —  Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, is reported to have suffered an aneurysm and is not expected to recover …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Rep. Tubbs Jones In Critical Condition  —  UPDATE 2:40 PM: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, which had also reported that Tubbs Jones had died, now says she is in critical condition and that “reports shortly after noon had reported her death, but those were denied at a 2:30 p.m. news conference.”
Clinton Supporter / CNN:
Doctor: Congresswoman remains in critical condition
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
Existenz / Old Man McCain:
Rare Video: Barack Obama Circa 1995  —  Curious to see what Barack Obama was like before he got into politics?  —  This rare TV interview from 1995 will give you some insight.  One thing is clear - the guy is consistent.  He's been talking about post-racial, non-polarized politics for over a decade now.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama In 1995  —  A blogger has dug up an interesting television …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ken Whitehouse / Nashville Post:
Obama team to hold ‘major’ event Saturday in Bayh's Indiana  —  Campaign team gathering for possible veep announcement  —  NashvillePost.com has learned that senior campaign officials from the Barack Obama Presidential campaign are being dispatched from various locations around the country …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Tea Leaf Reading on the Way to the Vice Presidency
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FREE ADVICE, WORTH EVERY PENNY  —  Don't ever demand someone stop attacking you.  Doesn't work.  Don't do it.  Sounds weak.  Sounds pathetic.  And a lot else.  —  Look at John McCain attacking my patriotism.  It's sad what he's become.  He'll do anything to get elected.  Attack my patriotism.
Discussion: Open Left and Corrente
Krooney / TIME.com:
Obama's Rice, Clarke Drill McCain Over and Over  —  The Obama advisers light into McCain, his support for the Iraq War and his general attitude toward combat on afternoon media call.  —  Listen to the full call here. … McCain camp response here.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain Is A Reckless Hothead
Discussion: VetVoice, Old Man McCain and Hullabaloo
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 …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger  —  It was February 2006 in Munich, and John McCain's eyes were flashing with the mischievous spark that comes when he's about to fire a verbal rocket.  “I've got a zinger coming,” he told me, referring to a speech on Russia he would give a few hours later at the annual Munich Conference on Security Policy.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Did We Expect?
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Obama Adviser Offers Some Advice to Damascus  —  Daniel Kurtzer Says Israel-Syria Negotiations Should Be Moved Along  —  WASHINGTON — The next president, whether Republican or Democrat, will make a Syrian-Israeli peace agreement a priority only if the two sides, meeting now in Turkey …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates  —  Barack Obama's campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during …
 
 
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Matt / Think Progress:
Romney: McCain Doesn't Speak For McCain When He Suggests Renegotiating …
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton creates ‘whip team’ to quell anti-Obama protests
Discussion: TIME.com
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Shopping for Snacks, Dodging V.P. Questions
Discussion: TIME.com
Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
A son of illegal immigrants, U.S. wrestler hoists his flag
Los Angeles Times:
Russian general: ‘We are not pulling out’ of Georgia
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Two Women Sentenced to ‘Re-education’ in China
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cutting off the JTA
Glenn McCoy / Slate:
Meet Glenn McCoy
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 Earlier Items: 
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Endangered Documents Act
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Fun (or Agony) with Pronunciation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Townhall.com:
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver on his book Render Unto Caesar …
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MORNING V.P. SPECULATION.
Lucy Cockcroft / Telegraph:
Liars are exposed by blinking
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against The One  —  In the dead of night in a small hideaway office …