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3:55 AM ET, August 28, 2008

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party  —  DENVER — Barack Hussein Obama, a freshman senator who defeated the first family of Democratic Party politics with a call for a fundamentally new course in politics, was nominated by his party on Wednesday to be the 44th president of the United States.
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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.
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Live from DNC: Bill's Big Night (Day 3)  —  Former President Clinton and Joe Biden took the stage tonight.  Don't miss Vodkapundit Stephen Green's coverage from Denver.  —  I've never been called a man of few words, but let me say this as short as I can — yes, yes, yes I accept the nomination.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Clinton Masterpiece  —  Readers know my personal disdain for Bill Clinton.  But longtime readers will also know I have always defended his solid centrist, smart record in office and defended him against his most over-reaching enemies.  Tonight, I think, was one of the best speeches he has ever given.
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?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   THE EX-PRESIDENT.  —  He left little unsaid.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:   The Redemption of Bill Clinton
Paul Hogarth / The Huffington Post:
Schweitzer Steals the Show; Hillary Calls for Unity
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and BeyondChron
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rove tried to kill Lieberman VP pick  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.
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The Politico:
McCain selects his VP  —  Sen. McCain has chosen his running mate and the person will be notified on Thursday, a senior campaign official said.  —  A friend said McCain had pretty much settled on his selection early this week, and it crystallized in the past few days.
Discussion: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh, TIME.com and 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
Robert D. Novak / UnionLeader.com:   Robert Novak: Lieberman told McCain to choose someone else
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Liebermanworld pushes back HARD on Novak report
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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Hindrocket / Power Line:
TOGA!  TOGA!  TOGA!  —  We've written about Barack Obama's Greek Temple here and here.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Agence France Presse:
McCain camp gleefully mocks ‘temple of Obama’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Columns  —  On cable they seem really upset that Barack Obama's stage …
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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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama campaign confronts WGN radio
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Corner
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
MSNBC prez defends convention team  —  DENVER — Amid a spate of awkward on-air conflicts among MNSBC anchors at this week's Democratic convention, some staff members say there are sharp internal disputes at the cable network over whether its opinion and personality-driven political coverage has crossed the line.
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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
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama in Never-Before-Aired ‘Nightline’ Interview From 2004: Praises John Kerry's Experience, Disses ‘Cut and Run’ Proposals From Iraq  —  It was a very different time, the Iraq war was just over a year old, and then-State Sen. Barack Obama was in a very different place.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Enough Already  —  Biden's doing a great job, just as I expected.  —  But come on: To listen to the Democrats you'd think the Great Depression was a day at the beach.  There are economic challenges out there, hardships etc, sure.  But you'd think we're all living off of puddle water …
Discussion: TBogg
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden Fumbles Military Terms  —  Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden might be the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but for at least a split second Wednesday, he got confused about some very simple military terminology.  —  Speaking at the Democratic National Convention …
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 …
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""
 
 
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bill Clinton  —  May I just observe that while Barack Obama relies …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: Turning the tables again on Obama's speech-squelching thugs
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Lesbian activist Del Martin dies at 87
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Biden's Speech  —  Eh.  The personal stuff was very effective.
Discussion: Swampland and Kevin Drum
CNN:
Biden  —  (CNN) — Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Barack Obama's choice …
Washington Post:
Justice Dept Seeks Reduced Abramoff Sentence
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Los Angeles Times:
Business dealings of Biden family could be problematic for him
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Going Out With a Bang  —  The 2008 Republican Platform Committee …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama Camp Responds to GOP Slams on Greek-Columned Stage for Obama Speech
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
Michael Barone / US News:
Hillary Clinton's Speech Was a Good Start on Her 2012 Run
Discussion: The Corner
CNN:
Examining body language: What did Clinton's say?
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's Newest Left Hand
Discussion: TVNewser and Balloon Juice
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Decision Soon