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2:50 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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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 …
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.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Good News For Obama  —  Let me preface my remarks by saying that I am a firm believer that the national polling really does not matter until after the second convention.  When both candidates have chosen their VP and held their conventions, then I think we will really get a good idea of how the candidates are stacking up.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Conservative Group Finds Networks Positive on Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
Arizona poll: McCain holds lead over Obama
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Sen. Joe Lieberman to speak at GOP convention  —  WASHINGTON - Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate in 2000 and now an independent who is one of John McCain's strongest supporters, will speak at the Republican National Convention, an official said.
Republican National Convention 2008:
“Country First”: 2008 Republican National Convention to Highlight Service, Reform, Prosperity and Peace  —  Convention Announces Program Themes and Speaker Lineup  —  SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The 2008 Republican National Convention today announced the themes and preliminary lineup of speakers …
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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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
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 …
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?  —  If the conflict in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin.  The silver medal for bone-headed recklessness would go to Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal …
Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yglesias Award Nominee  —  “At the risk of heresy, let it be said that setting up the two presidential candidates for religious interrogation by an evangelical minister — no matter how beloved — is supremely wrong.  It is also un-American.  —  For the past several days …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Townhall.com:
Mitt Romney on moving the 2014 Olympics and electoral prospects
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
McCain scores a bump from Saddleback
Discussion: QandO and God-o-Meter
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against The One  —  In the dead of night in a small hideaway office in the deserted Capitol, a clandestine meeting takes place between two senators with one goal.  —  They grin at each other as they lift their celebratory shots of brutally cold Stolichnaya.
 
 
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver on his book Render Unto Caesar …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
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Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Of amethysts and fake ID's
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Giuliani to give keynote at GOP convention
Amanda / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Vets For Freedom Attacks Hagel's Military Service …
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Liars are exposed by blinking
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Brooks: McCain is an Unprincipled Sellout
Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
Why people should be worried about the polls
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama's Invesco sell-out an “underground fundraiser”
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain winning in new poll, follows trend
David Freddoso / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Played by Chicago Rules
 

 
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Katherine Maher / NPR:
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Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
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