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4:05 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
Smothering the Hatchet  —  Hillary's former communications director on how to close the Clinton-Obama rift.  —  The New Republic has asked me what advice I would give to Senator Obama to improve relations with the Clintons during this convention week.  —  To be clear, I believe …
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The Politico:
Exclusive: Obama- Clinton feud reignites  —  DENVER — As Democrats arrived here Sunday for a convention intended to promote party unity, mistrust and resentments continued to boil among top associates of presumptive nominee Barack Obama and his defeated rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech  —  A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president, according to sources familiar with their schedules.  —  Clinton will deliver her speech Tuesday night.
New York Times:
Delegates for Clinton Back Obama, but Show Concerns  —  Delegates to the Democratic National Convention arrive in Denver having largely put aside the deep divisions of the primary fight between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, although some hold lingering concerns …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
No guidance from Clinton  —  Speaking to reporters after her address to the New York delegation, Clinton offered delegates no instruction on how to cast their votes, Amie Parnes reports.  —  “I will be telling my delegates that I will vote for Barack Obama,” she said.  “How they vote is a more personal decision.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's riposte  —  “I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve …
Discussion: TalkLeft and MyDD
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Operation Chaos gets more chaotic: racial slurs against Hillary supporters
Associated Press:
Clinton supporter says she was called ‘Uncle Tom’
Discussion: Reuters and www.redstate.com
CNN:
Bill Clinton not happy with convention role
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
A Flare-Up Between Hillaryland and Denver
Discussion: The Politico and TIME.com
William Kristol / New York Times:
A Joe of His Own?  —  The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced the midday calm here on Saturday, as Barack Obama confirmed that his vice presidential choice was not Clinton, who got about 18 million votes this year running against him, but rather Joe Biden, who gained the support …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SURE-TO-BE-WRONG-PREDICTION: WHY MCCAIN WILL CHOOSE LIEBERMAN.  —  Consensus around DC seems to be that John McCain would love to pick his friend Joe Lieberman, but won't.  It's possible that that consensus, built atop the same ace reporting that gave us vice presidents Evan Bayh and Chet Edwards, will prove correct.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's Reassuring Choice
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Little Green Footballs:
Zombie: The Denver Games — Opening Ceremony  —  (Zombie's reports are cross-posted at Pajamas Media.)  —  Although the Democratic National Convention doesn't start until today, Monday, August 25, the protests against the convention started the day before on Sunday.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Accentuate the Negative  —  So the Obama campaign has turned to the politics of personal destruction, attempting to make a campaign issue out of John McCain's inability to remember how many houses he has.  And the turn comes not a moment too soon.  —  Over the past month or so many Democrats …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Focused  —  I attended a Frank Luntz focus group consisting of 21 undecided voters (Add: equally divided between men and women, a range of ages—20s to 70s, I'd say) yesterday and the results were stunning: bad news for both Obama and McCain, but slightly worse—I think—for Obama.  Some observations:
Editor and Publisher:
‘Rocky’ Reports: Springsteen, Bon Jovi, to Accompany Obama on Thursday Night  —  NEW YORK Will Barack Obama's backup band at Invesco Stadium for his acceptance speech Thursday night included Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi?  —  Denver's Rocky Mountain News reports on its site today …
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Mark Brown / Rocky Mountain News:
The Boss, Bon Jovi headed for Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field
Discussion: Wonkette
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Iraq says U.S. agrees to pull troops by 2011  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq and the United States have agreed that all U.S. troops will leave by the end of 2011, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday, but Washington said no final deal had been reached.  —  “There is an agreement actually …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Matt / Think Progress:
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins tasked with ‘causing trouble’ at Democratic convention.  —  Yesterday, Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins waded into the Re-create '68 protest outside the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where he was greeted with expletives as he antagonized the crowd by asking …
The New Republic:
McCain Campaign Tries the Chicken Prank  —  I almost feel like a dupe writing about the second pro-Hillary ad McCain released today at 6am: It's a stunt, a trick meant to keep him in the press during the Democratic convention and gin up more Hillary-Obama-tension media storylines.  Message: neener neener neener.
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Marc Ambinder:
This Convention Is About A Number  —  Depending on the measure, Obama receives the support of about 80% of people who describe themselves as Democrats.  John McCain receives the support of at least 85% of those who describe themselves as Republicans.  —  Now — in this cycle …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Yeas and Nays:
Durbin: McCain's a baller, too  —  Barack Obama may be able to drain a three pointer when the cameras are rolling, but John McCain has at least some metaphorical game.  So said Obama's own Illinois colleague and campaign co-chair, Sen. Dick Durbin, at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters on Monday morning.
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay might be cleared of charges  —  Appeals court says money-laundering law didn't apply to checks.  —  Money-laundering charges against former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and two indicted co-conspirators may be dismissed because the 2002 campaign finance case involved checks and not cash, a lawyer for DeLay said Sunday night.
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
 
 
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Pawlenty Promises CEOs 'Contact With Influential Gov't Officials …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Obama Ad Hits McCain, But With Lighthearted Touch
Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Voters in Ohio like McCain a bit more — at least so far
Discussion: The New Republic
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
DBKP:
Edwards' Campaign Quietly Refunds Contributions to Bundlers, Big Backers
The Prowler / American Spectator:
The Gal That Got Away
New York Post:
DNC TO RETURN $100G DONATION TO RANGEL
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
The New Republic:
Best of the Press  —  A panel of experts selects the finest …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Agence France Presse:
McCain camp lashes ‘outrageous’ Madonna
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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