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10:55 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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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 today, capping a meteoric rise from a little-known state senator to the first African-American …
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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.
Discussion: The Opinionator and Ross Douthat
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Two Days Down  —  Ezra Klein frets: … I'm afraid I concur.  With the sole exception of Michelle Obama's superb speech, this convention has been McCain's dream.  Yes, there's Biden and the chance that someone - who knows? - might actually attack the worst national security record of any administration in modern times.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, TigerHawk and Commentary
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
The Huffington Post:
John Kerry Set To Rip Into McCain
Discussion: Hot Air and the albany project
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 …
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Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Has He Lost His Mind?  —  “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, has been set up at the 50-yard-line …
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
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 …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
ABC News Producer Arrested
Discussion: DBKP
New York Times:
McCain Has Made His Pick and Is Set to Tell on Friday  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has decided on his running mate, two Republican strategists in contact with Mr. McCain's campaign said Wednesday.  He is expected to reveal his choice at a rally at a basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Friday.
Discussion: MSNBC, Donklephant and Sister Toldjah
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Liebermanworld pushes back HARD on Novak report
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Salon
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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John McCain 2008:
John McCain 2008 Launches New TV Ad: “Tiny""
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 …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   An Open letter to Hillary Clinton Supporters
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Bill Clinton to Skip Obama Speech at Invesco Field
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp blasts National Review writer as “slimy character assassin”  —  Barack Obama's campaign hasn't advertised this a great deal this week, but the campaign's “Action Wire” has been waging large-scale campaigns against critics.  That includes tens of thousands of e-mails …
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Joe Cirincione / The Huffington Post:
Joe Knows National Security  —  If George Bush had listened to Joe Biden instead of Donald Rumsfeld, the history of the past seven years would have been very different.  We might have prevented 9/11.  —  On September 10, 2001, Senator Biden, then (as now) chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard Blog:   The Return of the Liberal Hawk?
Greg Veis / The New Republic:   Fixing for a Foreign Policy Fight
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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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Wolfson Rips Tweety And Olbermann
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 TIME.com
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
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
The Politico:
Storm could swamp GOP convention  —  Planners of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul held emergency conversations Wednesday about what to do if a tropical storm continues on its track as a potential Category 3 hurricane threatening New Orleans.  —  Gustav's projected path suggests …
 
 
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
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Equal Pay, Equal Standards
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Jim Rosapepe / Roll Call:
Biden in Action: In Romania, He Mixed Intuition and Smarts
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Juliet Williams / Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger could be no-show at GOP convention
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Greek columns?  Really?  —  DENVER — Thus far, the Democratic …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects