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2:00 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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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 …
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.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
A Possible Plot Against Obama  —  DENVER — City and federal authorities said Monday night that at least three people were under arrest on firearms and drug charges in connection with a possible plot to kill Senator Barack Obama during his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Angry Democrats Distracted DNC Attendees in Denver
Discussion: Simply Left Behind
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:
Carol Platt Liebau / TownHall Blog:
So Far, So Good  —  It strikes me that Republicans have every reason …
Discussion: The Corner
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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Judy Keen / USA Today:
Obama dogged by links to 1960s radical
Michelle Malkin:
Fighting back against Obama's thugs
Discussion: The Corner and Stop The ACLU
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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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 …
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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.”
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:   Biden and Iran  —  Michael Rubin's op-ed on Joe Biden …
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?
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
Politics West:
Republicans set up “war room” near downtown … Great Quote!  —  “Just consider this the Ministry of Truth,” quipped Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.  —  Is everyone falling down laughing at this quote?  This guy just said “Yeah, just consider us one of the four ruling Ministries in George Orwell's ‘1984.’”
Elpresidente / Peoples Press Collective:
Video Exclusive: Michelle Malkin Attacked at DNC; “Kill Michelle Malkin”  —  Michelle Malkin was attacked by protesters and conspiracy nut Alex Jones during the “Shake Your Money Maker” event while Recreate68 attempted to levitate the Denver Mint.  Another protester began shouting “Kill Michelle Malkin.”
Megan McArdle:
Annals of idiocy  —  I am resigning from the human race.  I don't want to be associated with this: … We live in degenerate times, my friends.  Our ancestors got into ships that would hardly do for a weekend sail on the lake, crossed stormy oceans, fought mountain cats and drought …
Rasmussen Reports:
47% of Democratic Women say Hillary Should be on the Ticket  —  Nearly half of Democratic women (47%) say Barack Obama should have chosen Hillary Clinton for his running mate instead of Senator Joseph Biden as the former First Lady prepares to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention.
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Are Khalid al Mansour and Obama Friends?  —  Civil rights activist Percy Sutton said he was solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid al Mansour to send a letter of reccomendation on behalf of Barack Obama to help him gain acceptance to Harvard many years ago.  (This video and transcript is at the bottom of the post),
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
David Brooks / New York Times:
The 21st-Century Man  —  I flew into the airport here on Sunday …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
The Huffington Post:
James Carville Rips First Night Of Dem Convention
Discussion: Philly.com and Opinion L.A.
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Who's Our (Sugar) Daddy?
Discussion: The Sideshow and First Draft
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: 'I'm Beginning to Sound Borderline Sycophantic'
Discussion: Hot Air
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Huckabee as VP
Discussion: The Opinionator and Hot Air
CNN:
Gergen: Michelle Obama rescued the night
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kennedy Tribute  —  Here it is.  —  post comment | … Weird.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Biden has deep ties to Rezko accomplice
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