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12:25 AM ET, August 22, 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.
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY  —  The latest campaign kerfuffle is Obama's effort to make hay out of John McCain's inability to tell a reporter how many houses he owns.  McCain mumbled something about condos and said the reporter should talk to his wife.  Predictably, Obama is trying to spin …
Discussion: Sadly, No!, and Althouse
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.
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 …
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!
Ben / Think Progress:
Media Defend McCain: It's Not ‘A Huge Deal’ That He Doesn't Know How Many Houses He Owns  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said yesterday in an interview with Politico that he did not know how many houses he and his wife Cindy own.  “I think — I'll have my staff get to you,” McCain said.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Analysis: Why the Home Debate Matters
Nitpicker:   Who says John McCain is out of touch with the common people?
The Politico:
McCain unsure how many houses he owns
David Freddoso / New York Post:
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Group to spend $2.8 million on anti-Obama ad
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama campaign to deploy surrogates to hit McCain's houses
Marc Ambinder:   McCain Is To Houses What GWBH Was To Grocery Store Scanners?
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:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is The Narrative Shifting for Hillary as VP? He's ready!
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
CBS News:
McCain Office Mailed Threat, White Powder  —  Letter's Return Address Listed A Colorado Inmate; Second Letter Deemed False Alarm  —  (CBS/ AP) A threatening letter containing an unidentified white powder was received at John McCain's campaign offices in Denver, Colorado, CBS News has learned.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Sadly, No!
McCain campaign offices get threatening letters
Discussion: Washington Post
Fox News:
Two McCain Offices Receive Envelopes With White Powder, Threat
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 …
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
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh: Obama's Nomination “Really goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.”  —  Audio and more from Media Matters: … Yes, someone should have told this young, uppity negro to STFU and know his place in American society.  You knew he was a baby killer, right?
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes  —  A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.
Joe Klein / Time:
Where's Obama's Passion?  —  A few days before Barack Obama was to announce his choice for Vice President, he was asked at a North Carolina town meeting what qualities he wanted in a running mate.  He wandered through a derisive, if desultory, critique of Dick Cheney, then switched gears.
Washington Times:
Obama gives nod to success of surge
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
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
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers  —  Women's Health Activists Denounce Rule Allowing Federal Officials to Pull Funding  —  The Bush administration yesterday announced plans to implement a controversial regulation designed to protect doctors, nurses and other health-care workers …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberty Street
Spencer Ackerman / RADAR:
NOTES ON A SCANDAL  —  A soldier in Iraq decided to write about his experiences.  He never suspected he'd start a war  —  Soldiers at war rarely write magazine stories.  But on July 13, 2007, a 24-year-old army private named Scott Thomas Beauchamp who had been serving in Iraq …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ATTACKERMAN
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
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Mark Brown / Rocky Mountain News:
Public Enemy may play DNC concert after all
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Nolte / Pajamas Media:
David Zucker Commits Hollywood Treason
Discussion: World-O-Crap
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Obama & Being In Touch  —  Several readers have written to say I'm missing the point.
Discussion: The New Republic
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 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ANTI-GOVERNMENT, ANTI-INFORMATION.  —  It's probably worth engaging …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Moby / The Huffington Post:
The GOP Slander Machine
Marc Ambinder:
Who Has The Cooler Podium? — SUSPENDED
More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Undecideds More Decided Than They Think, Study Says
Mark Nickolas / The Huffington Post:
The Anatomy of a Deception: How The McCains Changed Their Baby …
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
CNN Talks With McCain About His Extramarital Affairs
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show