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1:10 PM ET, August 26, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Angry Democrats Distracted DNC Attendees in Denver  —  Obama Maintains the Clintons Are Sincere in Their Support  —  As he watched the first night of his Democratic National Convention from the cozy living room of local supporters Jim and Alicia Girardeau, Sen. Barack Obama undoubtedly wanted his wife …
Discussion: Simply Left Behind
The Huffington Post:
James Carville Rips First Night Of Dem Convention
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and Philly.com
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: Beverly “Hillary-billies” come to Denver
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:
Why Michelle's Speech Matters
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Fox News:
Sources: McCain May Announce VP Choice Before Friday
Brian Maass / CBS4Denver:
Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point  —  DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 has now learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver.  All are being held on either drug or weapons charges.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Plot unfolds to assassinate Obama on national TV, a 4th arrest, more details  —  More details emerging from Denver as we write this in the predawn hours on the now-suspected plot to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with a high-powered rifle on national television during …
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 …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Biden and Iran  —  Michael Rubin's op-ed on Joe Biden and Iran today is an important eye-opener.  It also brings to mind a scene from a profile of Biden that Michael Crowley did for the New Republic shortly after September 11th.  —  The entire profile is pretty damning.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Balloon Juice
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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.”
CNN:
Gergen: Michelle Obama rescued the night  —  The Democrats should be enormously grateful to Michelle Obama: after a very slow start to the convention, punctuated by a moving tribute to Teddy Kennedy and his own rousing speech, the first evening was in danger of becoming an entirely lost opportunity.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What It Meant To Some, II  —  [Re-posted] A reader writes:
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama seeks to silence ad tying him to 60s radical  —  DENVER (AP) — Barack Obama is striking back fiercely and swiftly to stamp out an ad that links him to a 1960s radical, eager to demonstrate a far more aggressive response to attacks than John Kerry did when faced with the 2004 “Swift Boat” campaign.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
No Joke: Jon Stewart Takes Aim At 24-Hour Cable News ‘Beast’  —  Jon Stewart ripped the cable news networks Monday as a “brutish, slow-witted beast” and castigated Fox News in particular as “an appendage of the Republican Party.”  —  Wearing a gray T-shirt, khaki pants and a healthy stubble …
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CNN:
Jon Stewart lectures reporters on coverage
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Pepper Spray Disperses Group  —  The Denver police used pepper spray on Monday night to disperse a small group of demonstrators outside the hotel where many of New York's delegates to the Democratic National Convention are staying, witnesses said.  —  The police action stranded many delegates …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Newsweek Blogs
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, Political Punch and TIME.com
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?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kennedy Tribute  —  Here it is.  —  post comment | … Weird.  Tributes are usually for people who have passed away.  If they are going to do them for living people, why did they choose Kennedy over Bill Clinton????????  —  Where's the part about his drinking and leaving the scene of the accident?
 
 
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Reuters:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The 21st-Century Man  —  I flew into the airport here on Sunday …
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Ben / Think Progress:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
More People Have Health Insurance. Thank Uncle Sam.
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Los Angeles Times:
Baghdad's misguided crackdown on the Sons of Iraq
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
How She Did It  —  Michelle Obama's speech was quite effective.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Mahablog
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: 'I'm Beginning to Sound Borderline Sycophantic'
Discussion: Hot Air
Dayo Olopade / The New Republic:
Barack's Big Night
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Huckabee as VP
Discussion: Hot Air and The Opinionator