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3:15 AM ET, August 25, 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 …
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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.
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Anxious Party Hopes to Show Strong Obama
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
More on the Clinton Controversy (Sigh)
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 …
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New York Times:
Obama Aides Defend Bank's Pay to Biden Son  —  During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years …
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Drilling Boom Revives Hopes for Natural Gas  —  HOUSTON — American natural gas production is rising at a clip not seen in half a century, pushing down prices of the fuel and reversing conventional wisdom that domestic gas fields were in irreversible decline.
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%
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Kennedy plans to address DNC  —  In a development that is sure to bring the house down, US Senator Edward M. Kennedy is expected to attend the Democratic National Convention, most likely to deliver a speech tomorrow night.  —  Kennedy is battling brain cancer, and his doctors are said to be worried …
Emily Giske / The Huffington Post:
Oprah I Forgive You  —  I was one of those Hillary women who was heartbroken when Oprah supported Obama for President.  —  How could Oprah and her pal Gayle do that do me?  Sure Obama was from her hometown and Chicago's favorite son...but I kept asking, what about me?
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
NORM: Celebrities rally for Obama-rama  —  DENVER — Primed for its week in the world spotlight, Denver is ready to Barack and roll.  —  The doors to the Pepsi Center open at 3:30 p.m. Monday but the official party scene at the Democratic National Convention starts Monday night …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Tim Kaine and Bill Ritter on ‘FOX News Sunday’  —  WASHINGTON — The following is a partial transcript of the Aug. 24, 2008, edition of “FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace”:  —  “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” HOST CHRIS WALLACE: Of course, the question now is how the choice of Joe Biden will play across the country.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Blacks Debate Civil Rights Risk in Obama's Rise  —  WASHINGTON — On the night that Senator Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president, Roderick J. Harrison plans to pop open a bottle of Champagne and sit riveted before the television with his wife and 12-year-old son.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Biden: Barackal, America, Obaman  —  Sen. Joe Biden's gotten a lot of unsolicited advice on how to curb his gaffe habit, but he might start by practicing his running mate's name.  —  Three times during his inaugural speech as Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate Saturday, Biden butchered Obama's name — in three different ways.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain calls Biden ‘formidable’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CBS News' Katie Couric on Saturday that Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is a “formidable” but “wise” choice for the Democratic ticket.  —  Couric, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” sat down with McCain at his cabin in Sedona …
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