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3:40 PM ET, August 21, 2008

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The Politico:
McCain unsure how many houses he owns  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.  —  “I think - I'll have my staff get to you,” McCain told us in Las Cruces, N.M. “It's condominiums where - I'll have them get to you.”
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Spokesman's Retort: Obama Lives in “a Frickin' Mansion”  —  SEDONA, Ariz. — A spokesman for Sen. John McCain vowed to retaliate against today's story about how many houses the GOP candidate owns with a renewed focus on Sen. Barack Obama's ties to a Chicago developer and charges that Obama is an elitist.
Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Kaine on McCain's House Gaffe: “He Couldn't Count High Enough”  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto report: Obama V.P. prospect and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine mocked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday for not knowing exactly how many houses he owns.  —  “I understand that Sen. McCain …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp Responds On Houses Gaffe: He Was A POW!  —  The McCain campaign is road-testing a new argument in responding to Obama's criticism of his number-of-houses gaffe, an approach the McCain camp has never tried before: The houses gaffe doesn't matter because ... he was a POW!
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Campaign Goes Nuclear in “Houses” Response  —  No-holds-barred from the McCain camp:  —  “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?”
Discussion: Guardian
CNN:
Obama takes swipe at McCain over houses  —  (CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign continued to hit John McCain on his failure to answer a question on the number of homes he owns with a new ad Thursday, as the presumptive Democratic nominee hammered the same point on the campaign trail in Virginia and the McCain camp battled back.
Marc Ambinder:
A Sign That Obama Is Fighting Back  —  It's “crunch time,” Barack Obama tells Karen Tumulty.  —  Indeed.  There are signs that Obama has taken his gloves off and locked them in a cabinet somewhere, maybe in Hawaii.  —  The Obama campaign is officially sanctioning an attack on John McCain's wealth …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Become One  —  I was wondering yesterday how it is that you manage to spend almost $4.7 million on a condo in Phoenix, and the answer turns out to be that the McCains bought two luxury condos and combined them.  The $4.66 million figure is the combined price of his cribs.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Response: Obama Worries About Arugula, Vacations In Hawaii
Discussion: Open Left and Oliver Willis
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Dems Open Major Populist Offensive Over McCain's Houses Gaffe
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
A housing issue: McCain not sure how many they own
Discussion: Reuters, MyDD and AMERICAblog News
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama  —  Conservative writer Stanley Kurtz—researching an article for the National Review about connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers—made a big mistake.  —  The poor man took a wrong turn on the Chicago Way.
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Dan / Riehl World View:
CAC Doc Drop: Obama Has More Than Ayers To Worry About Now
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Daley on Ayers & Obama
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Mark Nickolas / The Huffington Post:
The Anatomy of a Deception: How The McCains Changed Their Baby Adoption Story Just Before 2008 Campaign Began  —  As was pointed out yesterday by the Christian Science Monitor, the McCain campaign was called out for lying about the purported urging of Cindy McCain by Mother Teresa herself …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Reason Magazine
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Another McCain Religious Story
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Commentary
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA'S ECONOMICS....In a New York Times Magazine piece running this weekend, David Leonhardt does a good job of describing Barack Obama's economic worldview, which is dominated by a mindful friendliness toward market solutions for economic problems (Cass Sunstein calls him a “University of Chicago Democrat").
Discussion: TalkLeft and PrestoPundit
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James Pethokoukis / US News:   The ‘New York Times’ Votes Big for Obama Economics
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show  —  (updated below)  —  As our political culture, economic security, standing in the world and our media institutions have all degraded beyond recognition after eight years of right-wing rule (much of it cheered on by The New Republic) …
Discussion: The New Republic, TVNewser and TPMCafe
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: A Vice Presidential Clue  —  Here's what Barack Obama told Time's Karen Tumulty and David Von Drehle earlier this week, when asked what we would learn about him from his vice presidential pick: … Is there a clue here as to Obama's pick?  Perhaps not—he'll claim these nice statements would apply to anyone he chooses.
Discussion: The New Republic and Swampland
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama campaign to deploy surrogates to hit McCain's houses  —  Barack Obama's campaign, moving rapidly to exploit what they see as a major opportunity, is deploying high-profile surrogates in 16 states across the country today to highlight John McCain's uncertainty yesterday about how many houses he owns …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Undecideds May Be More Decided Than They Know  —  Voters who insist that they are undecided about a contentious issue are sometimes fooling themselves, having already made a choice at a subconscious level, a new study suggests.  —  Scientists have long known that subtle biases can skew evaluations …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
CNN Talks With McCain About His Extramarital Affairs  —  My jaw literally dropped when I saw this.  I'm still shocked CNN went there.  —  YouTube link
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Report Says Fire, Not Explosion, Felled 7 W.T.C.  —  GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Fires in the 47-story office tower at the edge of the World Trade Center site undermined floor beams and critical structural columns, federal investigators concluded Thursday, as they attempted to curb still-rampant speculation …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The joke's on McCain: Late-night comedians lay off Obama  —  A hilarious new study of late-night political jokes, due to be released later today, finds the network comedians clearly avoiding humor about Democratic candidate Barack Obama, while piling the jokes on President Bush and Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
 
 
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