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12:20 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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Two Become One  —  I was wondering yesterday how it is that you manage to spend almost $4.7 million on a condo in Phoenix, and the answer turns out to be that the McCains bought two luxury condos and combined them.  The $4.66 million figure is the combined price of his cribs.
Discussion: The RBC and Eschaton
The Politico:
Exclusive: No single-term pledge for McCain  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M., — John McCain stated unequivocally in an interview with Politico Wednesday that he would not pledge to serve only a single four-year term, rejecting a suggestion that some allies believe would allay questions about his age …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma  —  I've seen a lot of liberals giving John McCain a hard time about not knowing how many homes he owns.  But this is a genuinely difficult question to answer!  There's the case of his two-for-one condo in Phoenix, for example.  And there's also the tricky question of McCain …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
When Daley says shhh, library is quiet on Obama  —  Conservative writer Stanley Kurtz—researching an article for the National Review about connections between Barack Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers—made a big mistake.  —  The poor man took a wrong turn on the Chicago Way.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Welcome To Chicago - See You In November
Discussion: pandagon.net
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Associated Press:
Rice says U.S., Iraq agree to troop withdrawal timetable  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Thursday the two countries have agreed that timetables should be set for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the battle-scarred country.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Minnesota Public Radio:
MPR poll: Obama leads, but contest is fluid  —  The results of a new Minnesota Public Radio and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll show Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain in the state by 10 percentage points.  But the poll indicates the race is still very fluid.
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Jeff Mason / Tales from the Trail:
Obama: Russia, U.S. should not ‘charge into’ other countries
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid shares Senate ideas  —  Democrat values Lieberman's votes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., defended Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman on Wednesday after the former Democratic vice presidential nominee accepted a speaking slot at next month's Republican convention in Minnesota.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Every Veep Has His Day  —  VICE PRESIDENTS!!!
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
Elizabeth Holmes / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Plan to Grab Some Denver Limelight  —  John McCain and the Republican Party have their own plans for next week in Denver, including a parade of high-profile surrogates, a Web site touting new attack videos, and a tagline for the Democrats' convention: A Mile High and an Inch Deep.
Time:
Obama on His Veep Thinking  —  TIME: Your speeches seem to be getting far tougher.  —  Well, it's getting to be crunch time.  Now is the time where people are going to start paying attention, leading up into the convention, and we've got to make sure that people understand the choices that are at stake.
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Obama's VP: The Candidate Drops Some Hints
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The joke's on McCain: Late-night comedians lay off Obama  —  A hilarious new study of late-night political jokes, due to be released later today, finds the network comedians clearly avoiding humor about Democratic candidate Barack Obama, while piling the jokes on President Bush and Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The decay of serious journalism and Rachel Maddow's new show  —  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) …
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The New Republic:
The Dawn of Maddow  —  MSNBC is confirming its long-rumored move …
Discussion: TPMCafe
David Cho / Washington Post:
A Few Speculators Dominate Vast Market for Oil Trading  —  Regulators had long classified a private Swiss energy conglomerate called Vitol as a trader that primarily helped industrial firms that needed oil to run their businesses.  —  But when the Commodity Futures Trading Commission examined Vitol's books …
Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Expertinent: Why Obama Could Use a Big Convention ‘Bump’  —  Right now, much of the political world is obsessing over a series of new polls indicating that the gap between Barack Obama and John McCain is shrinking.A just-released Quinnipiac survey, for example, shows McCain cutting Obama's lead …
 
 
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Stephen Braun / Los Angeles Times:
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John J. Miller / The Corner:
Cross-in-the-Dirt Watch  —  Yesterday, I talked to Bud Day …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Hot Air
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Another McCain Religious Story
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Rural Swath of Big State Tests Obama
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Associated Press:
Russia warns of response to US missile shield