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6:40 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.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Prepares Rezko Ad; Wright “Now Fair Game”; GOP 527 Attacks  —  Sen. John McCain's campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama 's ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko, the one-time Obama patron who was convicted earlier this summer of fraud.
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!
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain family owns 8 properties  —  John McCain's family owns at least eight properties — not the seven Democrats are alleging or the four McCain's staff identified — according to a Politico analysis of property and tax records, as well as interviews.  —  The presumptive Republican nominee …
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New group plans Ayers attack on Obama  —  A new conservative group has produced a television ad attacking Barack Obama for his relationship with former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers.  —  “How much do your really know about Barack Obama?  What does he really believe?” asks the ad …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News, Wizbang and Wonkette
Krooney / TIME.com:
Republicans Push Back on “Houses”  —  McCain's campaign, and others, hit back hard against Obama's attack.  —Campaign statement:  —  “Does a guy who... bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?”  —Spokesman Rogers:
Discussion: Guardian and TPM Election Central
Marc Ambinder:   McCain Is To Houses What GWBH Was To Grocery Store Scanners?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's seven homes; Obama: No WH
Ovi:
Housing  —  John McCain speaks exclusively with Politico's Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin.
Discussion: pandagon.net
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   THE SEDONA ESTATE QUESTION
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Group to spend $2.8 million on anti-Obama ad
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Response: Obama Worries About Arugula, Vacations In Hawaii
Discussion: Open Left and Balloon Juice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma
On Politics:
Obama says he's chosen his VP — won't reveal who it is yet  —  Barack Obama told USA TODAY this afternoon that “yes,” he has made up his mind about whom his running mate will be — but he would not reveal the name or just when he will tell the nation about his choice.  —  USA TODAY's Kathy Kiely writes that:
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CNN:
Obama: I've picked my No. 2  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said he has decided on his running mate, but he's not saying who it is.  —  “I won't comment on anything else until I introduce our running mate to the world,” he said Thursday.  “That's all you're going to get out of me.”
Discussion: Tom Watson
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 …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
No Basement  —  John McCain and his wife Cindy adopted a child from Bangladesh; Andrew Sullivan finds something to criticize: … OK, the Mother Teresa part if not true; it once appeared on the McCain website, which has now been edited.  —  But let Andrew continue: … They are added later?
Martin Samuel / Times of London:
International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age  —  Tim Reid in Washington, Jeremy Griffin and Jane Macartney in Beijing  —  The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the true age …
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David Freddoso / New York Post:
BARACK'S FAVORS FOR CORRUPT CRONY  —  Barack Obama has ad mitted it was “boneheaded” to get involved in a land deal with Tony Rezko, his friend and fund-raiser.  But the media's focus on that deal has distracted from the bigger question: Why would Obama become involved in any deal with a man like Rezko …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
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The Politico:
McCain attacks Obama on Rezko
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Dan / Riehl World View:
CAC Doc Drop: Obama Has More Than Ayers To Worry About Now  —  Continuing to follow up on what can be learned of Barack Obama's tenure as the Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), evaluations of the program during his tenure available on line demonstrate …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Boston Globe
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Paul Begala / CNN:
Begala: Rooting for a Bill Clinton-Pickens ticket  —  Editor's note: Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House.  Begala is the author of several best-sellers.
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Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Clinton sugar daddy steps down
James Pethokoukis / US News:
The ‘New York Times’ Votes Big for Obama Economics  —  As economist Arthur Laffer told me a while back, Obamanomics “should be a fascinating economic experiment.”  To see just how fascinating, you should check out the big (nearly 8,000 words) New York Times Magazine story on Obama's economic agenda …
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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 and TVNewser
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
Discussion: End Politics As Usual
Marc Ambinder:
Who Has The Cooler Podium?  — SUSPENDED  —  This vote suspended until I get an official picture of the DNC podium...  The GOP...  Or the DNC?  —  (image courtesy of Reuters)
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
 
 
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More of McCain's Judgment  —  Following up on Mike's item …
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