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4:35 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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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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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 …
Discussion: Think Progress and Balloon Juice
Clinton Supporter / CNN:
Doctor: Congresswoman remains in critical condition  —  (CNN) — Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones remains in critical condition at a Cleveland, Ohio, hospital with limited brain function, but has not died, said Dr. Gus Kious, chief of staff at Huron Hospital.  —  Democratic sources previously had told CNN Tubbs Jones had died.
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Tubbs Jones in critical condition at Huron Hospital
Discussion: Pensito Review
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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Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Poll: McCain Makes a Move, Takes 5-Point Lead Over Obama  —  Obama loses ground among Dems, women, Catholics & even younger voters  —  UTICA, New York - As Russian tanks rolled into the Republic of Georgia and the presidential candidates met over the weekend in the first joint issues forum …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain winning in new poll, follows trend
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama In 1995  —  A blogger has dug up an interesting television interview with Obama on his first book from thirteen years ago.  Fascinating to see how many themes remain the same, and how, even at that young age, Obama seems preternaturally composed.  It's also striking to me …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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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 …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Sen. Joe Lieberman to speak at GOP convention  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican official tells The Associated Press that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will be speaking at the Republican National Convention.  —  The GOP official said Wednesday that Lieberman would deliver a speech …
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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.
Discussion: The RBC
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Did We Expect?
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cutting off the JTA  —  Rudy Giuliani's appearance on a McCain conference call got off to a rocky start when Ron Kampeas, the Washington, D.C. of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, compared an Obama advisor's trip to Syria — the subject of the call — to Giuliani's and McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann's paid work …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
 
 
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Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe and Paul Conway, Chief of Staff …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Glenn McCoy / Slate:
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Discussion: Silent Running and Media Blog
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy
Discussion: The Next Right
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Endangered Documents Act
gqrr.com:
New Poll Suggets Public is Hungry for New Vision of Patriotism
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
MORNING V.P. SPECULATION.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BIDEN WALKS IT BACK
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Geraghty: Just Words That Joe Biden Would Like To Forget
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
Amanda / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Vets For Freedom Attacks Hagel's Military Service …
Lucy Cockcroft / Telegraph:
Liars are exposed by blinking
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
Why people should be worried about the polls
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Conservative Group Finds Networks Positive on Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Michael Moore:
“Caroline: Pull a Cheney!” …
 

 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
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