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3:45 AM ET, August 26, 2008

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Brian Maass / CBS4Denver:
Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point  —  DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 has now learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver.  All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.
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Rocky Mountain News:
Police investigate possible plot to kill Obama  —  Authorities are investigating a possible threat against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.  —  Aurora police arrested a longtime drug user Sunday afternoon during a routine traffic stop where the man was seen “weaving,” sources said.
Felisa Cardona / Denver Post:
Possible Obama connection in gun arrest  —  Federal authorities have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon amid reports that a fortunate traffic stop by Aurora Police may have disrupted an assassination attempt against Barack Obama.  —  KUSA-TV is reporting that two men …
Ernest Luning / The Colorado Independent:
Police probe possible plot to kill Obama; two arrested, one with sniper rifle  —  CBS4's Brian Maas reports police are holding two men who could be involved in a plot to assassinate Barack Obama :  —  Mug shot of Tharin Gartrell, one of two men suspected of an assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Police schedule press conference amid report of Obama assassination plot
Theresa Cook / Political Radar:   Authorities Probe Possible Obama Threat
KUSA-TV:
3 arrested after alleged threats to kill Obama
Discussion: Wonkette
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Responds On Ayers  —  Obama has an ad up “responding” to the criticism of his relationship with Bill Ayers.  Left unanswered:  —  1. Why has he been covering this up before now?  —  Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod told The Politico in February that
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and PrestoPundit
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Biggest Goof Yet  —  The conservative blogosphere is agog: what was Barack Obama thinking?  He took a story largely confined to the internet, (only briefly raised in the primary) about Obama's connection to former terrorist Bill Ayers, put it in his own ad, and then filed a claim trying …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Obama ad: Why is McCain trying to distract us with that …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama responds to Ayers ad in Ohio
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
Anatomy of a Subplot  —  The Democratic convention now teeters on the brink of a media disaster thanks to real news that threatens to distract reporters from the scripted show.  —  And wouldn't you know, it's all about the Clintons.  The trouble with the news-free nature of modern conventions …
Discussion: The New Republic and CNN
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PARTY PEOPLE: KAREN BROWN AND BONNIE TIERNEY, CLINTON AND MCCAIN SUPPORTERS  —  TAP ran into Karen Brown and Bonnie Tierney on 16th Street in Denver, Colorado.  Brown was wearing a Hillary Clinton shirt and a John McCain button.  They weren't delegates, but they'd come down from Colorado Springs to bear witness to the convention.
Discussion: Wizbang and Weekly Standard Blog
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
Smothering the Hatchet  —  Hillary's former communications director …
Little Green Footballs:
Zombie Update: Riot in Denver City Center  —  Just received via text from Zombie: … UPDATE at 8/25/08 6:54:17 pm:  —  Received at 6:50 pm PST: … UPDATE at 8/25/08 7:01:15 pm:  —  A web camera at the Civic Center: Livecam - The Denver Post.  —  UPDATE at 8/25/08 7:21:33 pm:
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Little Green Footballs:
Zombie: Prisoners' Rights “Recreate 68” Protest - Mini Report
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Carville Critique  —  The notion that tonight should have been about ripping the bark off the president seems to me misplaced.  No one needs to be persuaded that the country is on the wrong track.  We have endured one of the worst presidencies in American history, a stalling economy …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK II  —  Thought we had some great speeches tonight.  But I did not hear much about President Bush or John McCain.  Maybe this wasn't the night for it.  Maybe this was Kennedy and Michelle Obama.  But they need to go there.  See what Begala said in the interview David did with him earlier this evening.
Discussion: The RBC
CNN:
Kennedy, Michelle Obama draw tears and cheers  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Sen. Edward Kennedy declared there was “new hope” for the nation in his surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention, while Michelle Obama addressed critics of her patriotism and stressed her love for the country.
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Three Democratic Clans Mix Uneasily
Discussion: The New Republic
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Ted Kennedy's Likely Last Big Hurrah
Discussion: CTV.ca
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carter won't speak at Dem convention  —  DENVER — Former President Jimmy Carter will not speak to delegates at the Democratic convention but he will be on stage as a recorded presentation is played.  —  Officials at the Democratic convention initially declined to say whether Carter would speak or not …
Discussion: Political Radar, The Swamp and Hot Air
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain and Jay Leno Joke About His Age
Nancy Gibbs / Time:
Cindy McCain's Mission to Georgia  —  It's not every aspiring First Lady whose comfort zone is a war zone, but such is the case for Cindy McCain, who left Monday on a mission to Georgia to assess the civilian casualties caused by the Russian invasion.  —  McCain is traveling …
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Associated Press:
Cindy McCain to visit distressed Georgia
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wow  —  One of the best, most moving, intimate, rousing, humble, and beautiful speeches I've heard from a convention platform.  Maybe she should be running for president.  You don't need any commentary from me.  This was a home-run.  And sincere.  Thank God that in the end, the truth struggles out there.
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
HOW BARACK OBAMA MIGHT REACH 50% IN THE POLLS.— Many pundits on the right are underestimating the ease with which Barack Obama has it within his power to get a 3-8% bump in support in the polls.  —  Remember, Obama got enormous mileage in his 2004 convention speech from some modest statements …
Discussion: The Corner
David Greenberg / Slate:
WHY BIDEN'S PLAGIARISM SHOULDN'T BE FORGOTTEN.  —  Teachers and scholars consider the unattributed use of someone else's words and ideas to be a very serious offense, but the public doesn't seem to mind much, at least when it comes to politics.  The incidents of plagiarism and fabrication …
Discussion: The New Republic
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Obama's Misfire  —  I want to echo what Yuval says, as well as Jennifer Rubin over at Contentions.  Senator Obama's new ad, trying to explain his association with the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, may rank as among the worst tactical mistakes of the campaign.
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Obama's First Defense: I Was Eight Years Old
Ali / Think Progress:
Fox News's DNC coverage focuses on cheerleaders, Hooters girl.  —  The Fox & Friends team broadcasted live from a bar in downtown Denver today, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention — where they seemed to spend nearly as much time schmoozing with scantily-clad women as they did talking about politics.
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Focused  —  I attended a Frank Luntz focus group consisting …