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9:00 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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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
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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 …
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.
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.
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Re: Bill Clinton's Convention Role
Discussion: TalkLeft and TIME.com
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Clinton, Obama working on roll call deal
Washington Post:
Mr. Obama's Show  —  FOUR YEARS ago, an unknown state senator …
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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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carter won't speak at Dem convention
Discussion: Political Radar and Hot Air
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   MICHELLE OBAMA MEETS THE PRESS, SORT OF
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama to DOJ: Block terrorist ad  —  Sen. Barack Obama has launched an all-out effort to block a Republican billionaire's efforts to tie him to domestic and foreign terrorists in a wave of negative television ads.  —  Obama's campaign has written the Department of Justice demanding …
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama responds to ad tying him to '60s radical
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
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.
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William Kristol / New York Times:
A Joe of His Own?  —  The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced …
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 …
Washington Wire:
McCain's Yankee Doodle Daddy  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Phoenix on the presidential race.  —  John McCain made it clear who his daddy was Monday morning.  —  Daddy Yankee, the hip-hop star from Puerto Rico, endorsed the Republican candidate Monday morning.
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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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Jonah On Elitism  —  This post seems to have struck a nerve.  And not to be elitist, of course, but he means “affects” not “effects”.  And the sentence, … requires a subjunctive.  I think what Jonah means is that it's ok to be part of a nepotistic, moneyed elite but not ok if you work …
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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.
Discussion: Commentary and The Strata-Sphere
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
National Organization for Women president calls for Jones' resignation after ‘Uncle Tom’ remark  —  DENVER — The chief of Illinois' National Organization for Women chapter today called on Barack Obama's “political godfather” to resign immediately from the Illinois state Senate for calling …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Michael Sheridan / Times of London:
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Patrick Donahue / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Don Surber
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Discussion: Think Progress
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: KICKING OFF THE CONVENTIONS
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
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Bloomberg:
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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 Earlier Items: 
Bruce Walker / American Thinker:
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Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TARGETING OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER.... One need look no further …
Discussion: Salon and Nitpicker
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
I Wish I Owned Eight
Discussion: pandagon.net
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Obama Ad Hits McCain, But With Lighthearted Touch
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
NEW YORK DELEGATES WARNED NOT TO DRINK AT DNC
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
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Little Green Footballs:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Accentuate the Negative  —  So the Obama campaign has turned …