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9:45 PM ET, August 27, 2008


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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 …
Agence France Presse:
McCain camp gleefully mocks ‘temple of Obama’ … Republicans, who mock Barack Obama as a self-appointed divine savior, gleefully pounced Thursday on pictures of the set for his big convention speech, which appears to resemble a temple.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate will accept …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Columns  —  On cable they seem really upset that Barack Obama's stage …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Secures Historic Nomination  —  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 …
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   An Open letter to Hillary Clinton Supporters
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Bill Clinton to Skip Obama Speech at Invesco Field
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.
Paul Hogarth / The Huffington Post:
Schweitzer Steals the Show; Hillary Calls for Unity  —  Of course Hillary Clinton's speech last night at the Democratic National Convention was emphatic and inspiring - as she urged all her supporters to get behind Barack Obama.  But Hillary has made this plea before, and the more important speech at …
Discussion: BeyondChron
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.
Discussion: The Corner
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Two Days Down  —  Ezra Klein frets: … I'm afraid I concur.
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Mark Finkelstein /
Olbermann: Hillary's Howard ‘Tokyo Rose’ for Working for Fox
Discussion: Hot Air, NO QUARTER and Olbermann Watch
Seyward Darby / The New Republic:
The TNR Q&A: James Clyburn
Discussion: TalkLeft
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  Read it here first.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reports of strong support within …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Liebermanworld pushes back HARD on Novak report
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Salon
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Examining body language: What did Clinton's say?  —  (CNN) — What did Hillary Clinton's body language give away at the Democratic National Convention?  —  Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of “Face Time,” told CNN that even while the words Clinton delivered offered …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Dems choose Obama in thunderous acclamation
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.
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Fixing for a Foreign Policy Fight  —  Derek Chollet is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and coauthor of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11.  —  Tonight, the Democrats turn to national security and America's role in the world.
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard Blog:   The Return of the Liberal Hawk?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's Newest Left Hand  —  In her black-rimmed glasses, black T-shirt, jeans and orange sneakers, green iPod wires dangling from her ears, Rachel Maddow cuts an unassuming figure at odds with her growing celebrity.  —  “I know I don't look like everybody else on television …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TVNewser
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?
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama Camp Responds to GOP Slams on Greek-Columned Stage for Obama Speech  —  Lots of slings and arrows headed Obama's way for the Greek set for his speech tomorrow night.  —  “Tomorrow you're going to see Obama come down from Olympus to be among us mere mortals,” said former Maryland …
Discussion: Hot Air
National Review:
Editors: Obamas Friend, Americas Enemy  —  Have you ever been a friend or business associate of a terrorist?  Not someone who, to your shock and horror, turned out secretly to have bombed government buildings.  No, the question is whether you've ever befriended an unreconstructed radical whose past …
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Going Out With a Bang  —  The 2008 Republican Platform Committee has finally reached the finish line, but before it crossed it tripped up on the issue of stem-cell research.  When the committee reached the stem-cell language, North Carolina delegate Mary Summa offered what appeared on the surface to be a small change.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Liz Austin Peterson / Houston Chronicle:
Candidates discuss care for mentally ill inmates
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Equal Pay, Equal Standards
Danny Westneat / The Seattle Times:
Iraq buildup succeeds, Brian Baird still an outcast
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Video: Michelle Obama at the LGBT delegate luncheon
Discussion: Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe: McCain-Romney Would Be “Greatest Job-Killing Machine” In History
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
McAuliffe Considering 09 Bid for Governor
Discussion: Wonkette and Swampland
CNN: to perform at Invesco
Rob Minto / Financial Times:
Latest Microsoft browser challenges Google
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Round and Round We Go  —  Part of the perverse logic …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Kevin Drum
Jim Rosapepe / Roll Call:
Biden in Action: In Romania, He Mixed Intuition and Smarts
Discussion: MoJoBlog and marbury
Kathy Finn / Reuters:
New Orleans mulls evacuation as Gustav looms
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Greek columns?  Really?  —  DENVER — Thus far, the Democratic …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
Discussion: Wake up America and Corrente
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservative Democrats Peeling Away From Obama