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9:15 PM ET, August 21, 2008

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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.
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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.”
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.
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!
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 …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Analysis: Why the Home Debate Matters  —  In politics, there is nothing worse than appearing out of touch.  —  From time immemorial, a candidate who is effectively portrayed as forgetting about the “little” people, of having “gone Washington,” of living higher on the hog than voters, loses.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Group to spend $2.8 million on anti-Obama ad
CNN:
Obama takes swipe at McCain over houses
Discussion: AMERICAblog News, Wizbang and Wonkette
Marc Ambinder:   McCain Is To Houses What GWBH Was To Grocery Store Scanners?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's seven homes; Obama: No WH
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama campaign to deploy surrogates to hit McCain's houses
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CNN:
Obama says he's decided on pick but he's not telling
Discussion: Tom Watson
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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CNN:
McCain campaign offices get threatening letters  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Sen. John McCain received two suspicious letters at two campaign offices, with at least one containing an unidentified white powder, U.S. Secret Service and McCain's spokespeople said.
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Fox News:
Two McCain Offices Receive Envelopes With White Powder, Threat
Discussion: Wake up America
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Volleyball team wins gold, blindsides NBC with shout-out to Bush  —  A palate cleanser by popular request; you'll remember our heroines here from the Butt-Pat That Wasn't.  The official Olympics site has highlights of the match but this snippet had to be rescued from oblivion by Tivo.
Discussion: Wizbang
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MsUnderestimated:
USA WOMEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM THANKS THE PREZ (VIDEO)
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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The Politico:
McCain attacks Obama on Rezko
Discussion: The Swamp and Gateway Pundit
Washington Times:
Obama gives nod to success of surge  —  Sen. Barack Obama, edging away from a long-held position, tacitly acknowledged the success of the Iraq troop-surge strategy during an appearance Tuesday before the country's largest organization of combat veterans.  —  “Let's be clear …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
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Joe Klein / Time:
Where's Obama's Passion?
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 …
FactCheck.org:
Born in the U.S.A.  —  The truth about Obama's birth certificate.  —  In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen.  But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document's authenticity.
PewForum.org:
More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics  —  Some Social Conservative Disillusionment  —  Some Americans are having a change of heart about mixing religion and politics.  A new survey finds a narrow majority of the public saying that churches and other houses of worship should keep …
Max Taves / LA Weekly:
OBAMA VS. BALDILOCKS  —  A blogger's African dad came here on the same airlift as Obama's dad.  All similarities end there  —  Los Angeles blogger Juliette Ochieng has a lot in common with the man who might be the next president, Barack Obama.  A lot.  —  Both were born to Kenyan fathers …
Discussion: baldilocks
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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Spencer Ackerman / RADAR:
NOTES ON A SCANDAL  —  A soldier in Iraq decided to write about his experiences.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ANTI-GOVERNMENT, ANTI-INFORMATION.  —  It's probably worth engaging …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Moby / The Huffington Post:
The GOP Slander Machine
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
In 2002, Barack Obama Supported Infanticide and I've Got the Transcript of His Words
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Nice Deb
Ali / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Everyone's afraid to ‘criticize the little black man-child.’
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Six Questions for Chris Lehmann on “Moronic” …
David Perel / The Huffington Post:
All the Scandalous News That's Fit to Print
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cross Nunn's name off the list?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Clinton sugar daddy steps down
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Undecideds More Decided Than They Think, Study Says
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE SEDONA ESTATE QUESTION
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
He's Baaaack: Civil Rights Commission Hires Spakovsky to Work on Voting Rights
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
CNN Talks With McCain About His Extramarital Affairs
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: A Vice Presidential Clue
Discussion: The New Republic and Swampland
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show
 

 
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

 
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