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6:40 AM ET, August 21, 2008

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Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Clinton creates ‘whip team’ to quell anti-Obama protests  —  In an unusual move, Hillary Clinton's staff is creating a 40-member “whip team” at the Denver Democratic convention to ensure that her supporters don't engage in embarrassing anti-Obama demonstrations during the floor vote on her nomination …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: McCain halves Obama's lead  —  Obama up three points; still hasn't convinced some Clinton backers  —  WASHINGTON - With just days before the vice-presidential announcements, the political conventions and the final sprint to Election Day, Republican Sen. John McCain has cut Democrat …
CBS News:
CBS/NYT Poll: McCain Cuts Obama's Lead  —  Democrat Edges Republican 45% To 42% In Poll Of Registered Voters  —  (CBS) Republican John McCain has cut Democrat Barack Obama's nationwide lead in half, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.  Obama now has the support of 45 percent …
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: McCain Running a Negative Campaign
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Closes Gap on Obama In Poll as Conventions Loom
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Kos
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Up 45% to 43%
Marc Ambinder:
On Those National Polls  —  The Obama campaign has two disadvantages …
Discussion: American Spectator
National Review:
Wow [Rich Lowry] From McCain campaign:  —  Please see comment from me on Barack Obama's new ad supposedly running in Georgia:  —  “Barack Obama's ad is ridiculous.  Because of John McCain, corruption was exposed and people like Jack Abramoff went to jail.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
“Wow”, Indeed - McCain Team Shoves Ayers Cover-Up Into The Spotlight  —  Rich Lowry reprints this press release from the McCain campaign: … That will make it harder for the media to ignore this.  Pete Yost of the AP reported on this (sort of) yesterday; today the Chicago Tribune local …
Dan Mihalopoulos / Clout St:
Daley won't say whether UIC should release Obama-Ayers records  —  Mayor Richard Daley declined to answer directly Wednesday when asked whether a University of Illinois-Chicago organization named after his father should release documents related to Sen. Barack Obama's service …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Welcome To Chicago - See You In November
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
M.R. Kropko / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tubbs Jones of Ohio dies after hemorrhage  —  EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress and a strong critic of the Iraq war, died Wednesday after a brain hemorrhage, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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Plain Dealer / Cleveland's Top Story …:
Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Her life and legacy  —  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, five-term representative of the 11th Congressional District, died Wednesday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.  The Plain Dealer's coverage includes the story of her death as well as her vivacious legacy …
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: Obama's nomination “goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy” … On the August 19 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that “it is striking how unqualified [Sen. Barack] Obama is and …
Associated Press:
Russia warns of response to US missile shield … MOSCOW (AP) - Russia says its response to the further development of a U.S. missile shield in Poland will go beyond diplomacy.  —  Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the U.S. missile shield plans are clearly aimed at weakening Russia.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain Is A Reckless Hothead  —  In an apparent effort to regain the offensive, the Obama campaign launched a broad attack on McCain today, portraying him as reckless on foreign policy, a hot-head who's too willing to use force and not willing enough to apprise himself of facts …
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Bio-Medicine:
79 million US adults have medical bill problems or are paying off medical debt  —  New York, NY, August 20, 2008The proportion of working-age Americans who have medical bill problems or who are paying off medical debt climbed from 34 percent to 41 percent between 2005 and 2007 …
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Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
American Health Care System More Broken Than You Imagined
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: Corrente, The RBC and AMERICAblog News
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Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Report Rejects Medicare Boast of Paring Fraud  —  Medicare's top officials said in 2006 that they had reduced the number of fraudulent and improper claims paid by the agency, keeping billions of dollars out of the hands of people trying to game the system.  —  But according to a confidential draft …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Marc Ambinder:
Does McCain Favor a Draft?  Nope.  —  Liberals are having a conniption over Sen. John McCain's purported endorsement of a draft today.  —  In Las Crucas, New Mexico, a woman asked McCain about the “horrible conditions” that veterans often see when return from combat.  Here's the last few sentences:
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.
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
Here's the audio of Obama endorsing Infanticide from the floor of the Illinois Senate  —  This is on YouTube.  It's his voice.  I cannot vouch for the authenticity of it, but I trust the friend who sent it to me.  —  In the audio, Obama raises a new argument against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
IS IT TRUE?  —  Will the McCain as trigger-happy hothead work?  I suggest a different calculus.  Is it true?  I would suggest that it definitely is, both in personal temperament and policy prescriptions.  And I believe that is the better metric, both practically speaking and morally.
Discussion: THE CUNNING REALIST
City Journal:
Report from Tbilisi  —  Russia's invasion of Georgia has unleashed a refugee crisis all over the country and especially in its capital.  Every school here in Tbilisi is jammed with civilians who fled aerial bombardment and shootings by the Russian military—or massacres, looting …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Giuliani To Be Keynote Speaker At Republican National Convention  —  Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday, September 1st.  His Tuesday night address will follow primetime speeches …
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
 
 
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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
McCain Backs Away from Abortion Pledge
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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Jay Ambrose / www.dcexaminer.com:
Obama flat wrong on Americans' generosity
Wall Street Journal:
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New York Post:
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Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Key U.S. Iraq strategy in danger of collapse
Time:
Obama on His Veep Thinking
Eric Posner / The Volokh Conspiracy:
THE BEAR IS BACK!  Thanks to Eugene for inviting me to join this blog.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
What Late Veep Pick?
Pareene / Gawker:
Does Scary New Zogby Poll Mean Obama Is Toast?
Christian Science Monitor:
Watchdogs make it harder for politicians to stretch the truth
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates