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5:55 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
Discussion: The Swamp and Talking Points Memo
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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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Ads in Key States Go on Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has started a sustained and hard-hitting advertising campaign against Senator John McCain in states that will be vital this fall, painting Mr. McCain in a series of commercials as disconnected from the economic struggles of the middle class.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama campaign set to release TV ad linking McCain, Reed
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Marc Ambinder:   On Those National Polls  —  The Obama campaign has two disadvantages …
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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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 …
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 and Donklephant
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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
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 …
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
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 …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Two Women Sentenced to ‘Re-education’ in China  —  BEIJING — Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of “re-education through labor” after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.
Discussion: Commentary and Harry's Place
 
 
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