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5:00 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.
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 …
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
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:
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 www.redstate.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Become One  —  I was wondering yesterday how it is that you manage …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Politico:
McCain attacks Obama on Rezko
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Marc Ambinder:
A Sign That Obama Is Fighting Back
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Undiplomatic
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Response: Obama Worries About Arugula, Vacations In Hawaii
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain's seven homes; Obama: No WH
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:
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: Reason Magazine and The Daily Dish
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Another McCain Religious Story
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
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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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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA'S ECONOMICS....In a New York Times Magazine piece running …
Discussion: TalkLeft and PrestoPundit
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 …
Paul Begala / CNN:
Commentary: 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
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
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
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cross Nunn's name off the list?  —  (CNN) — It appears Sam Nunn, the former Georgia senator and a leading Democratic expert on foreign policy issues, can safely be crossed off the list of Barack Obama's potential running mates.  —  Nunn spokeswoman Kathy Gwin confirms to CNN the former senator …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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