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10:00 PM ET, August 24, 2008

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CNN:
CNN poll: Post-Biden poll shows dead heat  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — It's a dead heat in the race for the White House.  The first national poll conducted entirely after Barack Obama publicly named Joe Biden as his running mate suggests that battle for the presidency between the Illinois senator …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
More on the Clinton Controversy (Sigh)  —  John McCain's new television ad suggests that Barack Obama didn't pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate because he couldn't handle her criticisms—i.e., “the turth hurt and he couldn't handle it.”  It's a dubious assertion, but the merits of the argument are …
Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN forces Obama to release VP pick early  —  DENVER (CNN) - Barack Obama planned to name Joe Biden as his running mate by text message at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning, but was forced to move up the announcement when CNN broke the story after midnight, a senior Obama official said.
CNN:
McCain ad says Clinton got VP snub ‘for speaking the truth’  —  (CNN) - John McCain's campaign is making its boldest pitch yet for disaffected supporters of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, releasing a new TV ad Sunday that claims Barack Obama's discomfort with her honesty cost her a spot on the Democratic ticket.
CBS News:
McCain: Biden A “Very Wise Selection”
Matt / Think Progress:
Pawlenty: Obama should have picked Petraeus for VP.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Rendell: Obama coverage was embarrassing  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give “closing remarks” during this afternoon's Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators — NBC's Tom Brokaw, ABC's George Stephanopoulous and CBS's Bob Schieffer …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton expected to release delegates Wednesday  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, hoping to unite the Democratic Party and cement her future in it, will gather her hard-won primary delegates Wednesday at a reception where she is expected …
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Dems give Michigan and Florida full voting rights  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida were awarded full voting rights at the national convention Sunday, despite holding early primaries against party rules.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the Tire Swing  —  Apparently on ABC this morning Mark Halperin …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RIDE THAT TIRE SWING!
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Liberal Values
Michelle / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV: Encounters with the Left  —  Moonbats say the darnedest things.  And Hot Air special correspondent Jason Mattera is undercover at the Democrat convention in Denver to capture their rants and ramblings.  He communed with pro-abortion activists at the Planned Parenthood mega-facility on Saturday morning (my coverage here).
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Little Green Footballs:   LGF, PJ Media, Zombie Team Up for Convention Coverage
Marc Ambinder:
McCain-Whitman Buzz In Denver  —  A Democratic member of Congress throws out the following scenario:  —  With Biden on board Obama's train, McCain will find himself boxed in by events.  —  He can't choose Tim Pawlenty — a man with arguably fewer foreign policy credentials than Obama.
Discussion: Donklephant
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
AUGUST 2008 WESTERN STATES POLL  —  400 likely voters interviewed August 13-15, 2008, in each of the following states — Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  The margin for error in each state is plus or minus 5%.  The margin for error on the overall weighted regional results is plus or minus 2%
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The POW card, cont'd  —  First Read quotes unnamed McCain aides suggesting that McCain's prisoner of war experience may become his first response to the attack on his having lost track of his real estate holdings — a non-sequitur, perhaps, but emotionally powerful.
Amanda / Think Progress:
NBC Censors Sexual Orientation Of Openly Gay Gold Medalist Diver  —  According to OutSports.com, of the 10,708 athletes at the Olympics this year, just 10 have identified themselves publicly as being gay.  Of the 10, Australian diver Matthew Mitcham is the only male gay athlete.
Greg Pollowitz / Media Blog:
“We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him”  —  Lynn Sweet has a great picture of the stage at the [manger] Pepsi Center in Denver:
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Lynn Sweet:
Check out the Pepsi Center. Lynn Sweet picture gallery
Discussion: Right Wing News
Associated Press:
Kennedy may visit convention  —  If his physicians give him the go-ahead, he wants to be there  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward Kennedy could make an unscheduled appearance at this week's Democratic convention if his physicians give him the go-ahead, his son says.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Washington Post:
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits  —  A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.
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