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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 …
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 …
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 …
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’ … 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 …
Discussion: pandagon.net and JammieWearingFool
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
An Open letter to Hillary Clinton Supporters  —  Share This: Digg!  —  This letter was written by a friend of mine, whose letters I have published several times over the years on TalkLeft.  When I first met him, he was a criminal defense lawyer with a very high profile Washington, DC law firm.
Paul Hogarth / The Huffington Post:
Schweitzer Steals the Show; Hillary Calls for Unity
Discussion: BeyondChron
Michael Barone / US News:
Hillary Clinton's Speech Was a Good Start on Her 2012 Run
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn't Heal Divisions
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 …
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 …
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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
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
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 and TIME.com
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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
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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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.
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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Stevie Wonder to perform at Mile High  —  Stevie Wonder, an Obama favorite, will perform Thursday night at the climax of the Democratic National Convention.  —  A local paper had reported that Bruce Springsteen would perform, but an Obama aide says the headliner is actually Wonder.
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CNN:   Will.i.am to perform at Invesco
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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Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Greek columns?  Really?  —  DENVER — Thus far, the Democratic …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIRE SWING
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Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy
Discussion: Think Progress