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2:45 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 …
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!
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 …
Nitpicker:   Who says John McCain is out of touch with the common people?
The Politico:
Candidates' attacks hit close to homes
Discussion: GretaWire and TVNewser
David Freddoso / New York Post:
Marc Ambinder:   McCain Is To Houses What GWBH Was To Grocery Store Scanners?
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Jumps on McCain House Comment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Ovi
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!  —  USA Today reports: … With a slew of new polls coming out that have not been good for Obama, I wonder if his camp is rethinking their strategy for selecting a VP?  —  Check out this CBS/NY Times poll:
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Randyj /
2 GOP Sources: It's Romney  —  Two Republicans close to the situation say McCain has apparently settled on Mitt Romney as his running mate.  —  Two additional GOP sources say McCain had not offered the slot to anyone as of Thursday night, and that he could still change his mind.  —  Developing...
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Advisers Say Stance on Abortion Is Crucial for No. 2  —  SEDONA, Ariz. — Senator John McCain has narrowed his list of potential running mates to a handful of candidates and appears unlikely to select anyone who supports abortion rights, several advisers close to his campaign said on Thursday.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
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: Hot Air and JustOneMinute
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?
Ali / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Everyone's afraid to ‘criticize the little black man-child.’
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Hoping It's Biden  —  Barack Obama has decided upon a vice-presidential running mate.  And while I don't know who it is as I write, for the good of the country, I hope he picked Joe Biden.  —  Biden's weaknesses are on the surface.  He has said a number of idiotic things over the years and …
Discussion: The Corner and Brendan Nyhan
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: MsUnderestimated
Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate  —  Full Transcript of the Democrats' Before Pennsylvania Primary  —  But I have to say that, you know, for Pastor Wright to have given his first sermon after 9/11 and to have blamed the United States for the attack, which happened in my city of New York, would have been just intolerable for me.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
IndyMac Swift Boaters Strike Back! … This one is too good to pass up — be sure you read the punch line after the excerpt via Reuters: … Who is behind this “groundswell” of (former) IndyMac workers?  It turns out that the employee letter was distributed to the media by CRC Public Relations …
John Poirier / Reuters:
California mulls probing senator over IndyMac crash
Discussion: Washington Post
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
They're Paying Attention Now  —  Why is it a real race now …
Discussion: Ed
Rasmussen Reports:
69% Now Say Controlling the Border More Important than Legalizing Aliens
Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. Sees Much to Fear in a Hostile Russia
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers
Discussion: Firedoglake and Liberty Street
Mark Brown / Rocky Mountain News:
Public Enemy may play DNC concert after all
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Obama & Being In Touch  —  Several readers have written to say I'm missing the point.
Discussion: The New Republic
Spencer Ackerman / RADAR:
NOTES ON A SCANDAL  —  A soldier in Iraq decided to write about his experiences.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Media Nation
 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
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S., Iraq Near Draft Agreement Regarding U.S. Troops
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Six Questions for Chris Lehmann on “Moronic” …
Marc Ambinder:
Who Has The Cooler Podium? — SUSPENDED
Mark Nickolas / The Huffington Post:
The Anatomy of a Deception: How The McCains Changed Their Baby …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama campaign to deploy surrogates to hit McCain's houses