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5:45 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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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.
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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and michellemalkin.com
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, The Caucus and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's riposte  —  “I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Marc Ambinder and MyDD
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Seek Unity as Convention Kicks Off
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
CNN:
Bill Clinton not happy with convention role
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blogs
The Politico:
Exclusive: Obama- Clinton feud reignites
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Operation Chaos gets more chaotic: racial slurs against Hillary supporters
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
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:
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and TIME.com
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cindy McCain to visit Georgia on Humanitarian mission
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Looking at the Left
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Michelle Malkin:   Hot Air TV at the DNC: Marxists unite!
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: KICKING OFF THE CONVENTIONS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  DENVER — We're about to start an historical two-week convention bonanza — it's sort of the opening ceremonies of the political Olympics, as we called it last week.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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CNN:   Kennedy expected to appear at convention
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 …
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
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Tied as Democratic Convention Starts  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The last Gallup Poll Daily tracking polling conducted before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention shows Barack Obama and John McCain tied at 45%.  —  The latest update includes two days …
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.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Are the Denver Dems Downing Stocks?  —  Are the Denver Dems downing the stock market today?  The Dow is off 230 points, starting right from the get-go.  So-called market analysts are blaming financials and the credit crunch as they always do.  But there's more.
 
 
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Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Marc Ambinder:
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Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
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DBKP:
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New York Post:
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