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1:50 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
Delegate says Jones called her ‘Uncle Tom’  —  ‘WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?’  Aldermen heard remark but believe Senate president ‘said it in jest’  —  DENVER — A black Hillary Clinton delegate on Sunday accused state Senate President Emil Jones of calling her an “Uncle Tom.”
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Fox News
Marc Ambinder:
A Flare-Up Between Hillaryland and Denver  —  Politico's editor in chief and a colleague report on tension between the Clinton and Obama camps over Bill Clinton's speech.  I've downplayed reports of tensions in the past.  But sources back up the Politico to a point: things are getting …
Discussion: The Politico and TIME.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 …
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Entitled To Your Support  —  I am the type of Democrat that will vote straight party ticket, from top to bottom, in a general election.  They have my vote and usually my support.  But I am not all Democratic voters.  No politician is entitled to anyone's support or vote.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's riposte  —  “I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve …
Discussion: TalkLeft and MyDD
CNN:
Bill Clinton not happy with convention role
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Associated Press:
Clinton supporter says she was called ‘Uncle Tom’
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Reuters
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Operation Chaos gets more chaotic: racial slurs against Hillary supporters
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Tensions Linger as Some Clinton Supporters Are Left Frustrated
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and The Caucus
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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The New Republic:
McCain Campaign Tries the Chicken Prank  —  I almost feel like a dupe writing about the second pro-Hillary ad McCain released today at 6am: It's a stunt, a trick meant to keep him in the press during the Democratic convention and gin up more Hillary-Obama-tension media storylines.  Message: neener neener neener.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Don Surber
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Pushing Dem division, McCain up with new ad featuring Clinton backer
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
CNN:
CNN poll: Post-Biden poll shows dead heat
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Here's A Way To Make Sure VP Cheney Doesn't Distract From The RNC Proceedings  —  His office announced a trip to central Asia.  He'll leave right after he speaks to the Republican National Convention next Monday evening.
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Cheney flees to Georgia during RNC week.
Discussion: NewsMax.com and Matthew Yglesias
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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
I'm a Brilliant, Original, and Idiosyncratic Thinker But Don't Ever Disagree With Me  —  Much like Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, I write for a living.  Primarily about U.S. politics and public policy.  I write about these things because I think they're important.
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay might be cleared of charges  —  Appeals court says money-laundering law didn't apply to checks.  —  Money-laundering charges against former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay and two indicted co-conspirators may be dismissed because the 2002 campaign finance case involved checks and not cash, a lawyer for DeLay said Sunday night.
Mark Brown / Rocky Mountain News:
The Boss, Bon Jovi headed for Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field  —  The Jersey boys are coming, and we ain't talking about Frankie Valli.  The Boss and Bon Jovi are ready to perform.  —  Multiple sources confirmed to the Rocky that Jon Bon Jovi will fly in to perform two acoustic songs …
Discussion: Wonkette
Sean Wilentz / Newsweek:
A Liberal's Lament  —  To win, Obama must convince the country that he is a man of substance, not just style.  History suggests this won't be easy.  —  A Bold Agenda: Kennedy, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960, outlined the framework of his New Deal update, the New Frontier, to a standing ovation
 
 
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Discussion: The Campaign Spot
The Prowler / American Spectator:
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New York Post:
DNC TO RETURN $100G DONATION TO RANGEL
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Faiz / Think Progress:
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Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
“John McCain as President would be like a flamethrower in a fireworks factory”
Discussion: The Impolitic
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The New Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll gives Democrats reasons for hope, concern
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Agence France Presse:
McCain camp lashes ‘outrageous’ Madonna
Discussion: Pajamas Media and PrezVid
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
FBI saw threat of mortgage crisis
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Jane Zhang / Wall Street Journal:
Uninsured to Spend $30 Billion, Study Says
Discussion: Think Progress
Karen Auge / Denver Post:
Protesters: To the streets  —  In numbers much lower than expected …
Discussion: Think Progress and On Deadline
New York Times:
In Nuclear Net's Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals
Discussion: At-Largely
New York Times:
Obama Aides Defend Bank's Pay to Biden Son
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Biden's helmet  —  It is a fraying, combed-back helmet …