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7:40 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer makes the most of the spotlight  —  DENVER — Montana Democrats no doubt will revel in Barack Obama's appearance in Billings today, his last campaign stop before heading here.  But they already had reason to be excited this morning — their offbeat folksy governor …
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Is Nominated by Acclamation  —  DENVER - Senator Barack Obama, the Hawaiian-born son of a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, officially became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party on Wednesday, capping a meteoric rise from a little-known state senator …
Associated Press:
Clinton releases delegates  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - In an emotional meeting leading up to the Democratic roll call of the states, Hillary Rodham Clinton released her convention delegates Wednesday to vote for certain presidential nominee Barack Obama.
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.
Todd Beeton / MyDD:
Live From Hillary Clinton Delegate Meeting UPDATE  —  Update [2008-8-27 16:5:44 by Todd Beeton]:Hillary has released her delegates but will not tell them what to do.  She told her delegates that she signed her ballot for Senator Obama this morning.  —  I'm here at the Denver Convention Center …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn't Heal Divisions
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High Anxiety in the Mile High City
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   An Open letter to Hillary Clinton Supporters
CNN:   Clinton to her delegates: I release you
Daily Mail:
Pictured: The miniature ‘Greek temple’ from which Barack Obama will launch his final push for the U.S. presidency  —  Barack Obama's big speech on tomorrow night will be delivered from an elaborate columned platform resembling a miniature Greek temple, it has been revealed.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bush's 2004 temple  —  Barack Obama's appearance in Denver won't be the first convention speech framed by Greek columns.  —  Republicans who are mocking Obama's appearance haven't mentioned it, but George W. Bush accepted his own nomination in 2004 on a set with a similar neoclassical theme …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Columns  —  On cable they seem really upset that Barack Obama's stage at Invesco Field involves some classical columns to invoke the civic architecture of America:  —  It's funny that cable news never seemed to object to column backdrops before.  I keep reading liberals bloggers saying …
Agence France Presse:
McCain camp gleefully mocks ‘temple of Obama’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Did Obama Say Iran Is a ‘Tiny’ Country That 'Doesn't Pose a Serious Threat'?  —  We, in the media, have given a lot of airtime to the TV ads of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this week, starring, as they do, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
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Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Ad Shell Game
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Howard Wolfson Goes To War With MSNBC, Hammers Chris Matthews And Keith Olbermann  —  On Fox News just now, Howard Wolfson unleashed a broad attack on MSNBC and its top on-air personalities, slamming the network's coverage of Bill and Hillary, hitting back at Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann …
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Corner and Hot Air
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Machine
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Liebermanworld pushes back HARD on Novak report
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Salon
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors  —  Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention  —  DENVER—Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures …
Michael Barone / US News:
Hillary Clinton's Speech Was a Good Start on Her 2012 Run  —  DENVER-My bottom line reaction to Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday night: Good, but not quite very good, for Barack Obama in 2008.  Even better, if things should turn out like they might, for Hillary Clinton in 2012.
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Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects  —  Barack Obama's margin among independent swing-voting women and sporadically voting Democrats are two of the main metrics his campaign is closely monitoring, Obama's election manager, David Plouffe, said today.  —  Plouffe, speaking to reporters …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
Plouffe on Obama and Polling
Marc Ambinder:   Plouffe: McCain-Romney Would Be “Greatest Job-Killing Machine” In History
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CONVENTION MIDTERMS.  —  We're halfway through this convention.  Not all the way through, nor even near it.  And I'm inside the convention, not watching it on television and consequently not sure how most Americans are actually experiencing it.  But if I were doing the grading now, I'd fail the thing.
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Decision Soon  —  I'm told McCain's inner circle is having a final meeting on the vice presidential issue.  It's not entirely clear whether it is to go through the choices again and reach a final decision, or whether it is for McCain to inform his inner circle of his choice.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Feeling Frustrated  —  I am feeling really frustrated today.  I am sensing that something is wrong with this convention, and that there will be no bounce.  I don't know exactly what we need to do to get a bounce, but I do know that we haven't done it yet.  —  Is it that the Democrats aren't attacking McCain enough?
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
TIME TO TAKE THIS THING FOR A SPIN  —  One thing I've come away …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Greek columns?  Really?  —  DENVER — Thus far, the Democratic …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Unhappy Irish  —  Everyone missed this when Obama put …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIRE SWING
Discussion: Salon
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
Discussion: Wake up America and Corrente
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Snohomish County GOP pulls “$3 bills” smearing Obama from fair booth
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy
Discussion: Think Progress