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10:25 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: McCain halves Obama's lead  —  Obama up three points; still hasn't convinced some Clinton backers  —  WASHINGTON - With just days before the vice-presidential announcements, the political conventions and the final sprint to Election Day, Republican Sen. John McCain has cut Democrat …
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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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
CBS News:
CBS/NYT Poll: McCain Cuts Obama's Lead  —  Democrat Edges Republican 45% To 42% In Poll Of Registered Voters  —  (CBS) Republican John McCain has cut Democrat Barack Obama's nationwide lead in half, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.  Obama now has the support of 45 percent …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Poll of polls: Obama's once-comfortable lead gone  —  (CNN) — For Barack Obama, the Democratic convention and the bump in the polls that is expected to follow couldn't come soon enough.  —  According to a new CNN poll of polls, the Illinois senator's once-comfortable lead over McCain …
Marc Ambinder:   New NBC/WSJ, CBS/NYT Polls
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Battleground Poll: McCain +1
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Poll shows McCain in 5-point lead over Obama
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.
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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 …
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio dies after hemorrhage
Plain Dealer / Cleveland Metro News:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, passionate politician, dies at 58
Discussion: Moue Magazine
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama campaign set to release TV ad linking McCain, Reed  —  A newly aggressive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is set to release a new TV ad in Georgia tomorrow, drawing a connection between Republican John McCain's decision not to call Ralph Reed before a Senate panel …
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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.
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.
Discussion: American Spectator
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
McCain says Obama getting ‘testy’
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Marc Ambinder:   Does McCain Favor a Draft? Nope.
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  —  In an apparent effort to regain the offensive, the Obama campaign launched a broad attack on McCain today, portraying him as reckless on foreign policy, a hot-head who's too willing to use force and not willing enough to apprise himself of facts …
Discussion: Old Man McCain and MyDD
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: Corrente
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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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Frank James / The Swamp:
Dems seek to end primary madness
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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 …
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 …
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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New York Times:
Voters in Poll Want Priority to Be Economy, Their Top Issue
Discussion: Don Surber and The Caucus
Eric Posner / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE BEAR IS BACK!  Thanks to Eugene for inviting me to join this blog.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
What Late Veep Pick?
Pareene / Gawker:
Does Scary New Zogby Poll Mean Obama Is Toast?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Deadline USA
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Obama's nomination “goes back to the fact that nobody …
Discussion: Think Progress
The Politico:
Exclusive: McCain calls lobbyists ‘birds of prey’
Dan Mihalopoulos / Clout St:
Daley won't say whether UIC should release Obama-Ayers records
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
HOW THE CONVENTION BALL BOUNCES
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: I'm Questioning Obama's Patriotism? Moi? Never!
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney: McCain Doesn't Speak For McCain When He Suggests Renegotiating …
Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
A son of illegal immigrants, U.S. wrestler hoists his flag
Los Angeles Times:
Russian soldiers to stay in Georgia
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Two Women Sentenced to ‘Re-education’ in China
Discussion: NION and Commentary
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS BLOCKBUSTER NEW EXPOSE!