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8:20 PM ET, August 24, 2008

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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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the Tire Swing  —  Apparently on ABC this morning Mark Halperin was arguing that housegate would ultimately wind up being bad for . . . Barack Obama because . . .  [all news is good news for John McCain] it “opened the door” to Rezko, Ayers, Wright and other attacks on Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS News:
McCain: Biden A “Very Wise Selection”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RIDE THAT TIRE SWING!
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Liberal Values
Matt / Think Progress:
Pawlenty: Obama should have picked Petraeus for VP.
news.politicswest.com:
Anti-war protesters marching to Pepsi Center  —  The first major protest at the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, went off peacefully Sunday at noon.  —  Police officers, some on mountain bikes, escorted hundreds of war protesters from the steps of the Capitol down Colfax Avenue …
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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:
Lynn Sweet:
Check out the Pepsi Center. Lynn Sweet picture gallery
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton expected to release delegates Wednesday
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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 …
Discussion: Pennsylvania Ave. and TIME.com
New York Times:
In Obama's Choice, a ‘Very Personal Decision’  —  WASHINGTON — In the beginning, Senator Barack Obama was not entirely sold on Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. And Mr. Biden told friends that he was pessimistic of his chances of becoming Mr. Obama's Democratic running mate.
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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.
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.
Kenneth Anderson / Opinio Juris:
Georgia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia  —  I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my experiences in Georgia in the early 1990s, monitoring the various conflicts - Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the then-Georgian civil war in Tbilisi.  I noted that those secessionist conflicts were marked on each side …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Denver: Let the Madness Begin  —  digg it  —  Spent yesterday in Denver hanging out with Denver native Jeralyn from TalkLeft.  We went to pick up media credentials at Elitches, which I assumed would be some discreet restaurant with teeny appetizers, and by the time Jeralyn said the words “Six Flags” it was too late to turn around.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
SOME MCCAIN CAMP INSIGHTS...  From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell  —  Reporting on the road with the McCain campaign...  The “Biden” ad: Advisors say that spot has been ready for “a couple days.”  The McCain team says they assessed that Kaine “utterly disqualified himself” on the basis …
P. Solomon Banda / Associated Press:
Man arrested carrying weapons at Pelosi hotel  —  DENVER—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly evacuated from her downtown Denver hotel on Saturday when a man carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols tried to check in to the hotel.  —  Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley …
Discussion: Political Byline
 
 
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Biden Does No Harm, but May Not Help Much
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Georgian Civilians Tell of Miserable Conditions as War Captives
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
I'm literally intrigued by Joe Biden's speech
Discussion: The Swamp
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Colin Powell in McCain mix
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Finding the Mess Behind the Mess
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Support for Each Candidate Holds Steady