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3:45 AM ET, August 21, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Closes Gap on Obama In Poll as Conventions Loom
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Post
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Up 45% to 43%
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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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 …
Dan Mihalopoulos / Clout St:
Daley won't say whether UIC should release Obama-Ayers records  —  Mayor Richard Daley declined to answer directly Wednesday when asked whether a University of Illinois-Chicago organization named after his father should release documents related to Sen. Barack Obama's service …
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  —  EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress and a strong critic of the Iraq war, died Wednesday after a brain hemorrhage, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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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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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Think Progress
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 and The RBC
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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.
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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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.
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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Molly Hughes / CBS4Denver:   Dem Supporters Asked To Buy Obama Speech Tickets
Marc Ambinder:
Does McCain Favor a Draft?  Nope.  —  Liberals are having a conniption over Sen. John McCain's purported endorsement of a draft today.  —  In Las Crucas, New Mexico, a woman asked McCain about the “horrible conditions” that veterans often see when return from combat.  Here's the last few sentences:
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
American Health Care System More Broken Than You Imagined  —  Today comes word from the Commonwealth Fund that the effect of the American health care system on the finances of Americans is more dire than you might have thought: … This is the number Democrats need to talk about when the topic …
Discussion: Bio-Medicine
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Bio-Medicine:   79 million US adults have medical bill problems or are paying off medical debt
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Report Rejects Medicare Boast of Paring Fraud  —  Medicare's top officials said in 2006 that they had reduced the number of fraudulent and improper claims paid by the agency, keeping billions of dollars out of the hands of people trying to game the system.  —  But according to a confidential draft …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
IS IT TRUE?  —  Will the McCain as trigger-happy hothead work?  I suggest a different calculus.  Is it true?  I would suggest that it definitely is, both in personal temperament and policy prescriptions.  And I believe that is the better metric, both practically speaking and morally.
Discussion: THE CUNNING REALIST
 
 
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John Poirier / Reuters:
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Time:
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Discussion: The Corner and PrestoPundit
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
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?
Matt / Think Progress:
Romney: McCain Doesn't Speak For McCain When He Suggests Renegotiating …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Two Women Sentenced to ‘Re-education’ in China