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11:50 PM ET, August 26, 2008


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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Romney: McCain earned his homes; Obama didn't  —  Mitt Romney spoke in Denver today.  (Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)  —  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.
Gallup Daily: No Bounce for Obama in Post-Biden Tracking  —  PRINCETON, NJ — It's official: Barack Obama has received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.  —  Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 23-25 …
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Will Get Nominating, Seconding Speeches Tomorrow  —  A senior conventional official says that supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton will formally place her name into nomination Wednesday night with regular nominating and seconding speeches.  The roll call of states begins around 6:00 pm ET.
Discussion: and Taylor Marsh
Naomi Zeveloff / The Colorado Independent:   As Clinton prepares to speak, reluctant supporters coalesce behind Obama
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Obama rolling the dice on Clintons
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Politico
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.
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.)
Marge Hibbing Mn / CNN:
Source: Bill Clinton will not attend Obama's Invesco speech  —  DENVER (CNN) - Hillary Clinton will be on hand for Barack Obama's acceptance speech, but according to a source close to former President Bill Clinton, he will not: the source tells CNN that Clinton will not join his wife at Invesco Field Thursday night.
Discussion: Hot Air and
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  —  That started a six-hour standoff …
Discussion: Wake up America
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama camp: Prosecute Simmons  —  Obama general counsel Bob Bauer today sent a second, sharper letter to the Justice Department, directly attacking the Dallas billionaire funding a harsh attack ad, Harold Simmons.  —  “We reiterate our request that the Department of Justice fulfill …
Obama and ‘Infanticide’  —  The facts about Obama's votes against ‘Born Alive’ bills in Illinois.  —  Anti-abortion activists accuse Obama of “supporting infanticide,” and the National Right to Life Committee says he's conducted a “four-year effort to cover up his full role in killing legislation …
Discussion: The Corner
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   “Here's A Situation Where Folks Are Lying”
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 and
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Okay.  I'm up for it tonight.  I'm live-blogging Hillary Night at the Democratic Convention.  —  6:50 Central Time: My resolve jells.  —  7:15: I'm watching PBS tonight.  C-SPAN last night.  PBS has HD + longer coverage than the networks.  (I don't have CNN HD.)
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol Calls In: Warner Gets Bumped for Refusing to be Attack Dog  —  Bill Kristol calls in from the Pepsi Center.  According to a source, Mark Warner was originally scheduled to speak in the 10 o'clock hour in primetime before Hillary Clinton, but Warner was moved to the less desireable pre-primetime bloc …
New York Times:
Some Clinton Fund-Raisers Are Still Simmering  —  DENVER — A significant number of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's top fund-raisers remain on the sidelines and unwilling to work for Senator Barack Obama, a nettlesome problem that appears to be contributing to the campaign's failure to keep pace …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
This Is The Democrats' Talent?  —  I'm not judging their accomplishments, merely noting that Mark Warner and Bob Casey were terribly mediocre speakers, their speeches unfocused, their themes muddled, and their style close to non-existent.  I guess none of this matters much until the networks move in at 10 pm.
Discussion: Viking Pundit
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
FDIC Warns of More Bank Troubles  —  The Government Insures Depositors When Banks Fail, But Does It Have Enough Cash?  —  ABC NEWS Business Unit  —  The health of U.S. banks is quickly deteriorating, and the government fund set up to protect depositors might not have enough money to insure everybody, analysts told
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Why Not Make Hillary the Keynote Speech?
Discussion: The Opinionator
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Democrats take aim at McCain's temper
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Ayers & Dohrn  —  I am amazed, simply amazed, at the amazement …
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