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10:15 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: CNN and 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.
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: The Swamp, Hot Air and Political Radar
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain and Jay Leno Joke About His Age
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   MICHELLE OBAMA MEETS THE PRESS, SORT OF
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 …
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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.
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama responds to ad tying him to '60s radical  —  DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has quietly begun airing a television commercial countering an outside group that is spending $2.8 million in an attempt to highlight his relationship with a former 1960s radical.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama responds to Ayers ad in Ohio
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Cindy McCain Heading to Republic of Georgia
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
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.
Michael Idov / New York Magazine:
Joe Vengeance  —  Joe Lieberman says he left the Democratic Party and is stumping for John McCain out of principle.  Really?  —  Senator Joe Lieberman enters the room, but I can't see him—just a centipedelike scrum of black suits and Hasid hats that has formed around him and now moves, buzzing, toward the dais.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SURE-TO-BE-WRONG-PREDICTION: WHY MCCAIN WILL CHOOSE LIEBERMAN.
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:
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
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Daddy Yankee endorsement: Another pathetic McCain pander  —  Can someone, anyone, in the McCain camp stop him from self-immolation?  Can the open-borders GOP establishment drive a bigger wedge between the conservative base and the GOP ticket?  —  Last week, it was the RNC ad touting McCain's shamnesty superiority over Obama.
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Washington Wire:
McCain's Yankee Doodle Daddy
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
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PUFFED-UP HYPOCRITE WATCH
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
2008 GOP Platform Looks to be Big Departure from 2004
Discussion: TBogg
Bernard Choi / KING-TV:
Rain washes out ‘car free’ day in Seattle
Discussion: GINA COBB
Iain MacWhirter / Glasgow Herald:
The unlikeliest political comeback in history
Howard / Gotham Acme:
Enough!  —  Im frequently asked why some of Senator Clinton's …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Caucus
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Obama's Misfire
Michael Sheridan / Times of London:
Millions forfeit water to Olympic Games
Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick Donahue / Bloomberg:
Germans Overwhelmingly Favor Obama Over McCain, Poll Shows
Discussion: Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Dunn / Rocky Mountain News:
Four twisters touch down near Parker, Castle Rock
Discussion: Wonkette
PageOneQ:
Hallmark stores refuse to sell company's own wedding cards
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: KICKING OFF THE CONVENTIONS
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Biden's Worldview  —  Barack Obama's pick for his running mate …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TARGETING OBAMA'S HALF-BROTHER.... One need look no further …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
I Wish I Owned Eight
Discussion: pandagon.net
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
NEW YORK DELEGATES WARNED NOT TO DRINK AT DNC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Accentuate the Negative  —  So the Obama campaign has turned …