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3:30 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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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 …
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Denver drama: Can Clintons get over it?  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton is over it — at least when people are watching.  —  Within days of losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, her aides said she was all business, returning to her Senate duties, telling people she would do whatever …
Washington Post:
For Those From Swing States, The Watchword Is . . . Worry  —  The anxiety comes in several forms, but particularly common is the pained look, followed by the quick glance away and the lengthy pause, in the face of a simple question: How is Barack Obama doing?
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Angry Democrats Distracted DNC Attendees in Denver
Todd Hartman / Rocky Mountain News:
Bill Clinton “still loves politics”
Discussion: TIME.com
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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Faiz / Think Progress:
Rove Blasts Michelle Obama's Patriotism: 'I Don't Think She Did Well On Saying I Love America'  —  In a speech last night at the Democratic convention, Michelle Obama “began a weeklong effort to present her husband — and his entire family — as embodiments of the American dream.”
New York Times:
Michelle Obama's Remarks at the Democratic Convention  —  The following is the text of the remarks by Michelle Obama, the wife of Senator Barack Obama, on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions.  —  As you might imagine, for Barack …
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:   Why Michelle's Speech Matters
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What It Meant To Some, II  —  [Re-posted] A reader writes:
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain ad: “3 AM”  —  We knew this was coming, didn't we?  With John McCain essentially recycling Hillary Clinton's questions about Barack Obama's experience, the 3 AM question runs as the subtext of all of these ads.  Why not make it explicit? … Presidential candidates have plenty …
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: Beverly “Hillary-billies” come to Denver
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?
Discussion: Think Progress
Gallup:
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 …
Michael Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden's Blink on Iran  —  In selecting Joseph Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama acknowledged the importance of foreign affairs to this year's election.  His Web site trumpeted Biden as “an expert on foreign policy” and a man “who has stared down dictators.”
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:   Biden and Iran  —  Michael Rubin's op-ed on Joe Biden …
Peter Spiro / Opinio Juris:
Joe Biden, World Government Guy
Discussion: Law Blog
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Law Blog and Stop The ACLU
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEACH GETS THE SHORT SHRIFT.... Last night, DDay asked a very reasonable question: “If a 30-year Democrat spoke at the RNC, excoriated his former party, and endorsed the Presidential candidate of the opposite party, would the media cover it?”  —  DDay was referring, of course …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Megan McArdle:
Not ready for prime-time  —  According to Nielsen, none of you are watching the conventions.  An even lower none than in 2004, which was itself a dramatic decline from the lackluster ratings of 2000.  And why would you?  You could replace all the speeches with the following template:
 
 
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John M. Broder / The Caucus:
Emotional Biden Thanks Delaware Delegates
Discussion: TIME.com
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Russia Backs Independence of Breakaway Georgian Areas
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Liberal Evangelical Prayer
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
School Pays Biden Healthy Stipend
Discussion: The Swamp and www.redstate.com
Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Bomber Kills 25 Police Recruits in Iraq
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Are Khalid al Mansour and Obama Friends?
Discussion: Hot Air
Megan McArdle:
Annals of idiocy  —  I am resigning from the human race.
Ross Douthat:
Obama-Dullsville '08  —  I was feeling a little bad …
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Dog That Isn't Barking  —  The fun and games may be in Denver …
Discussion: Commentary
Politics West:
Republicans set up “war room” near downtown
David Brooks / New York Times:
The 21st-Century Man  —  I flew into the airport here on Sunday …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
More People Have Health Insurance. Thank Uncle Sam.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Who's Our (Sugar) Daddy?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Plot unfolds to assassinate Obama on national TV, a 4th arrest, more details
Elpresidente / Peoples Press Collective:
Video Exclusive: Michelle Malkin Attacked at DNC; “Kill Michelle Malkin”
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
No Joke: Jon Stewart Takes Aim At 24-Hour Cable News ‘Beast’