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6:40 PM ET, August 26, 2008

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Bill Clinton in Denver again undercuts Obama  —  DENVER — Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday.  —  The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.
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Rebecca Traister / Salon:
Angry PUMAs on the prowl in Denver  —  They don't care if they make Chris Matthews happy, or if they make Hillary Clinton look bad.  They don't even care that she wants them to stop.  —  DENVER — “This is where you see the civil war!” burbled Chris Matthews, experiencing near-asphyxiatory pleasure …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Hillary Clinton speaks at convention.  The press concocts a story  —  Within the fast-forward world of campaign journalism, it's not considered cool to examine the recent past in order to provide context for today's events.  (We know it's not cool because nobody does it.)
Washington Wire:
McCain's Hillary-Themed Ads Are Barely Broadcast  —  Aaron Rutkoff reports from Denver on the Democratic convention.  —  Even before Hillary Clinton takes the stage for tonight's big speech, she has emerged as an unusually bipartisan star in the hullabaloo surrounding the convention.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Signaled Early That He Was Unlikely To Choose Ex-Rival  —  In a private meeting with Sen. Barack Obama after she conceded the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made a request: that he consider her for his vice presidential running mate …
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: McCain earned his homes; Obama didn't  —  DENVER — Former governor Mitt Romney, perhaps continuing his audition to be John McCain's running mate, attacked Barack Obama today for making an issue out of McCain's many homes.  —  Speaking to reporters at a lunch sponsored …
Marc Ambinder:
Some In McCain Camp Ponder Thursday VP Announcement  —  Perhaps hoping to turn a fresh page from the Democratic convention, advisers to Sen. John McCain are considering a Thursday night vice presidential announcement, an aide said yesterday, although the unofficial word from campaign headquarters is that Friday is still more likely.
Michael J. Totten:
The Truth About Russia in Georgia  —  TBILISI, GEORGIA - Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia.  “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched …
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James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Why was Cheney's guy in Georgia before the war?  —  What was a top national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney doing in Georgia shortly before Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's troops engaged in what became a disastrous fight with South Ossetian rebels — and then Russian troops?
Discussion: Think Progress
Michelle Malkin:
Fighting back against Obama's thugs  —  Here is the ad Barack Obama doesn't want you to see.  Pass it on.  —  I cannot stress how outrageous the Obama campaign's attempt to silence the creators of the Ayers ad is.  Mr. Hope and Change is applying Chicago-style mafia tactics to intimidate …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Ayers & Dohrn  —  I am amazed, simply amazed, at the amazement …
Pajamas Media:
Live from DNC: Malkin in Jeopardy  —  [VIDEO] Michelle Malkin under attack by self-described anarchists yelling “Kill Michelle Malkin” in front of the Denver Mint.  —  In this exclusive Pajamas TV video... Michelle Malkin is under attack by self-described anarchists yelling “Kill Michelle Malkin” in front of the Denver Mint.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rendell: Obama Is “Like Adlai Stevenson ... What The Heck Is Going On?”  —  As I've noted before, it's impossible to write an item about former Hillary supporter Ed Rendell without using the word “blunt,” and this blunt assessment of Obama from Rendell certainly won't quiet the talk of tensions between the Hillary and Obama camps:
Discussion: Open Left
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson
Discussion: TIME.com
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Democrats take aim at McCain's temper  —  DENVER — John McCain's Democratic colleagues in the Senate are zeroing in on his oft-discussed temper, questioning whether the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is too volatile to be commander in chief.  —  In separate interviews with Politico …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bizarre Florida:
Man reacts negatively to Michelle Obama speech; SWAT team called  —  The man stood outside his RV, yelling and shooting a gun into the air.  When Pasco sheriff's deputies confronted him, he ran inside and wouldn't come out, according to Tampabay.com.  —  That started a six-hour standoff …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Hit with ‘houses’ on Leno, McCain cites POW experience and more  —  A largely lighthearted turn on Jay Leno took a more serious turn when McCain was asked about how many houses he owns.  He offered his most expansive answer yet on the matter, including a new shorthand twist at the end.
Ben / Think Progress:
Petraeus Disagrees With McCain, Says Success In Iraq Was Possible Without The Surge  —  Gen. David Petraeus, top commander of coalition military forces in Iraq, recently sat down with Newsweek to do a “valedictory” interview before he takes up his new post as CENTCOM commander next month.
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Fox News and The Daily Dish
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Behind the Scenes of the Vice-Presidential Selection Process  —  CHICAGO — He was called C-2.  —  Before becoming the presumptive Democratic candidate for vice president, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was given that simple code name for the ultra-secretive search being conducted …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:
Carville: Dems wasting first night  —  (CNN) — Have the Democrats wasted the first night of the convention?  —  Yes, says Democratic Strategist and CNN contributor James Carville.  —  Speaking on CNN, Carville said the party was too soft in its attacks on John McCain Monday night …
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Snubbing Hillary  —  Team Obama tried way too hard to leave this as a Top Ten.
Discussion: The New Republic
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
McCain criticizes Obama's Berlin speech
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
Sherrod Brown vs. Billy Mays
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Chad Livengood / Springfield News-Leader:
Obama from a home in Kansas City: I'm ‘here in St. Louis’
China Hand / American Footprints:
Will the Afghanistan Surge Doom Pakistan?
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Maliki Demands All U.S. Troops Pull Out by 2011
Roxana Tiron / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Obama Adviser Touts His Even Temper
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Let Us Pray  —  I just watched this video tribute to Barack Obama, “American Prayer.”
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Pelosi to protesters: “Can we drill your brains?”
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Did Biden Call for a Cut-Off in Aid to Israel?
Washington Wire:
Politicker Poaches From Politico
Megan McArdle:
Not ready for prime-time
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rove Blasts Michelle Obama's Patriotism: 'I Don't Think She Did …
Megan McArdle:
Annals of idiocy  —  I am resigning from the human race.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEACH GETS THE SHORT SHRIFT.... Last night, DDay asked …