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1:20 PM ET, August 25, 2008

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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 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Fox News
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
CNN:
Bill Clinton not happy with convention role  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Bill Clinton is perplexed and, frankly, not happy that he was asked to speak about national security Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention and not about the economy, the issue that he rode to the White House …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Clinton's riposte  —  “I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message,” Clinton tells the New York delegation of McCain's ad that features her old criticism of Obama.  —  Clinton says Democrats are gathered in Denver for a “clear and specific purpose and that is to elect Barack …
Discussion: MyDD
CNN:
CNN poll: Post-Biden poll shows dead heat
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Camp Pressed Hard For a Slot on the Ticket
Discussion: TIME.com
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Operation Chaos gets more chaotic: racial slurs against Hillary supporters
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Pushing Dem division, McCain up with new ad featuring Clinton backer
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Experience Is Double-Edged Sword for The Ticket
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
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.
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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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.
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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