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2:25 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High Anxiety in the Mile High City  —  I've been to a lot of conventions, and there's always something gratifyingly weird that happens.  —  Dan Quayle acting like a Dancing Hamster.  Teresa Heinz Kerry reprising Blanche DuBois.  Dick Morris getting nabbed triangulating between a hooker and toes.
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Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn't Heal Divisions  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's most loyal delegates came to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night looking for direction.  They listened, rapt, to a 20-minute speech that many proclaimed the best she had ever delivered, hoping her words …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservative Democrats Peeling Away From Obama  —  Moderate/Liberal Republicans also shifting more to McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has been struggling to maintain his Democratic base thus far in August, and according to weekly averages of Gallup Poll Daily tracking, the problem seems to be with conservative Democrats.
Discussion: American Street and Hot Air
New York Times:
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech  —  The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by CQ Transcriptions.  —  Senator Clinton: Thank you.  Thank you all.  —  Thank you.  Thank you all very, very much.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Still Close With Obama 45%, McCain 44%  —  No major change in structure of race, though Obama is doing slightly better  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday shows a race that is still close …
CNN:
Bill Clinton to take center stage at Democratic convention
John Dickerson / Slate:
HILLARY CLINTON THROWS ALMOST EVERYTHING BEHIND BARACK OBAMA.
Discussion: Commentary
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
No Personal Touch in Clinton's Endorsement
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Wire:   Democrats Set Up ‘War Room’ for GOP Convention
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
“No Way, No How, No McCain”
Discussion: Guardian
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple  —  DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.  —  The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Temple of Obama  —  Reuters reports that “Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.”  —  To which a McCain adviser quipped: “Is this from the Onion?”
Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain Aide Mocks Obama's Columned Stage  —  ABC News' David Chalian and Teddy Davis Report:  —  When Sen. Barack Obama moves the Democratic National Convention from the Pepsi Center to Invesco Field on Thursday, the freshman senator is planning to speak from a columned stage resembling an ancient Greek temple.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Badly Distorts Obama's Words About Iran  —  The new McCain ad released this morning attacking Obama on Iran rips Obama's words out of context so egregiously that it amounts to a distortion at best and an outright smear at worst.  —  The ad's narrator says: “Obama says Iran is a ‘tiny’ country.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Smears And Fears  —  My main worry with John McCain is foreign policy.
New York Post:
BRAWLING ANCHORS ON MSNBC  —  ANIMOSITY among MSNBC anchors has reached a mile-high peak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with on-air squabbling between such big egos as Joe Scarborough, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and David Shuster.  —  Scarborough, who served in Congress …
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Chris / TVNewser:
(Slightly) Uncomfortable MSNBC Moment #3, With a Shot at Fox
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: Hillary's Howard ‘Tokyo Rose’ for Working for Fox
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Hot Air
Fox News:
Ayers Unrepentant for Radical Group's Violence in 1960s, 1970s  —  William Ayers, who was a founder of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground, told FOX News correspondent James Rosen in a candid 2004 interview that he still believed he was “on the side of justice” years after the group's wave of attacks.
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Michelle Malkin:   Obama's Ayers problem deepens
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Bill Ayers: Unrepentant LYING Terrorist
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Robert D. Novak from Creators Syndicate:
Avoiding a Lieberman Disaster  —  Creators Syndicate is pleased to announce that Robert D. Novak will be writing occasional columns.  All his groundbreaking election analysis will be available on creators.com.  Read it here first.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reports of strong support within …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits  —  When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity.  But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge …
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects  —  Barack McCain's margin among independent swing-voting women and sporadically voting Democrats are two of the main metrics his campaign are closely monitoring, Obama's election manager, David Plouffe, said today.  —  Plouffe, speaking to reporters …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TIME.com
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Biden is wrench in McCain's VP choice  —  DENVER — Democrat Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as a running mate is complicating Republican John McCain's analysis of his prospective vice presidential contenders.  —  Biden will make his formal debut Wednesday with a prime-time address.
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David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Obama, Bill Clinton Remain Distant  —  Despite Similar Stories, a Complex Relationship  —  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — in so many ways two sides of the same coin.  Old heat and new cool, two guys who came out of nowhere, bereft of early connections, overcoming the odds.
Julie Mason / Houston Chronicle:
Chatter over Hutchison as possible VP pick grows louder  —  CRAWFORD — Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's long-shot odds for vice president are getting a push from conservative and other pundits in the lead-up to next week's Republican National Convention.  —  The latest flurry of speculation online …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIRE SWING
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Blame the Duke  —  Michael Dukakis finally does the right thing …
Discussion: CBS News
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Snohomish County GOP pulls “$3 bills” smearing Obama from fair booth
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
America Against The World  —  The op-ed in today's WSJ …
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Dayo Olopade / The New Republic:
Brian Schweitzer is Your Barack Obama
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's slips, and Reagan's
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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