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4:10 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.  —  “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:
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
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 …
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: Talking Points Memo
Marc Ambinder:
A Sign That Obama Is Fighting Back  —  It's “crunch time,” Barack Obama tells Karen Tumulty.  —  Indeed.  There are signs that Obama has taken his gloves off and locked them in a cabinet somewhere, maybe in Hawaii.  —  The Obama campaign is officially sanctioning an attack on John McCain's wealth …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Ranch House Dilemma
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Response: Obama Worries About Arugula, Vacations In Hawaii
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Dems Open Major Populist Offensive Over McCain's Houses Gaffe
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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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Daley on Ayers & Obama
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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: The Daily Dish and Reason Magazine
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Another McCain Religious Story
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
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:
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
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
Clinton sugar daddy steps down  —  Footnote to the Democratic primary: Among the worries of the party faithful about New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the business baggage of Bill Clinton, including his lucrative relationship with Vinod Gupta, founder and CEO of the infoUSA database and marketing firm.
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Paul Begala / CNN:   Commentary: Rooting for a Bill Clinton-Pickens ticket
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
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.
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Undecideds May Be More Decided Than They Know  —  Voters who insist that they are undecided about a contentious issue are sometimes fooling themselves, having already made a choice at a subconscious level, a new study suggests.  —  Scientists have long known that subtle biases can skew evaluations …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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