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4:05 PM ET, August 27, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
High Anxiety in the Mile High City  —  I've been to a lot of conventions, and there's always something gratifyingly weird that happens.  —  Dan Quayle acting like a Dancing Hamster.  Teresa Heinz Kerry reprising Blanche DuBois.  Dick Morris getting nabbed triangulating between a hooker and toes.
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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.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn't Heal Divisions  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's most loyal delegates came to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night looking for direction.  They listened, rapt, to a 20-minute speech that many proclaimed the best she had ever delivered, hoping her words …
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.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Still Close With Obama 45%, McCain 44%  —  No major change in structure of race, though Obama is doing slightly better  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday shows a race that is still close …
John Dickerson / Slate:
HILLARY CLINTON THROWS ALMOST EVERYTHING BEHIND BARACK OBAMA.  —  Watching Hillary Clinton speak at the Democratic National Convention, I was reminded of one of those old war movies in which the wounded hero melodramatically says to his comrades, “Go on without me.”
New York Times:
Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech  —  The following is a transcript of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by CQ Transcriptions.  —  Senator Clinton: Thank you.  Thank you all.  —  Thank you.  Thank you all very, very much.
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Booing Bush 2: The count from Denver picks up
Discussion: The Swamp
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
No Personal Touch in Clinton's Endorsement
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple  —  DENVER (Reuters) - 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 …
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Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain Aide Mocks Obama's Columned Stage
John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:   The Temple of Obama  —  Reuters reports that “Democratic …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA'S GREEK TEMPLE, UP CLOSE
Discussion: Hot Air
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-NY.  —  There's been evidence emerging …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Badly Distorts Obama's Words About Iran  —  The new McCain ad released this morning attacking Obama on Iran rips Obama's words out of context so egregiously that it amounts to a distortion at best and an outright smear at worst.  —  The ad's narrator says: “Obama says Iran is a ‘tiny’ country.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Smears And Fears  —  My main worry with John McCain is foreign policy.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Ad Shell Game
New York Post:
BRAWLING ANCHORS ON MSNBC  —  ANIMOSITY among MSNBC anchors has reached a mile-high peak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with on-air squabbling between such big egos as Joe Scarborough, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and David Shuster.  —  Scarborough, who served in Congress …
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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 and NewsBusters.org
Chris / TVNewser:
(Slightly) Uncomfortable MSNBC Moment #3, With a Shot at Fox
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Olbermann: Hillary's Howard ‘Tokyo Rose’ for Working for Fox
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
Ayers Unrepentant for Radical Group's Violence in 1960s, 1970s  —  William Ayers, who was a founder of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground, told FOX News correspondent James Rosen in a candid 2004 interview that he still believed he was “on the side of justice” years after the group's wave of attacks.
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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 …
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 folksy governor …
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Dayo Olopade / The New Republic:
Brian Schweitzer is Your Barack Obama
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Unhappy Irish  —  Everyone missed this when Obama put out a generic-sounding statement on the Irish peace process, but there's a bit of an uproar in the Irish-American press, with big stories in the Irish Echo and the Irish Voice.  —  “Barack Obama understands that U.S. attention and support …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Ray O'Hanlon / Irish Echo Online:   Envoy fears  —  Obama chooses Biden, signals possible Irish shift
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 …
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 …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits  —  When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity.  But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge …
The Directors / www.redstate.com:
Eric Cantor for Vice President  —  We need him.  He fights.  —  In 1862, when some of Abraham Lincoln's political allies, furious over the losses at Shiloh, demanded the removal of Ulysses S. Grant from the leadership of the Army of the Tennessee, the first Republican President responded with unequivocal fervor.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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Mona Charen / The Corner:   Veep Musings
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
Blame the Duke  —  Michael Dukakis finally does the right thing and apologizes for being such a crappy presidential candidate, telling Katie Couric: … I've been waiting for this for 20 years, ever since my volunteering for the Dukakis campaign as a ninth grader brought me endless abuse …
Discussion: American Power
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CBS News:   Dukakis Defends Obama Campaign
 
 
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Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
GOP platform backs off Arctic oil to help McCain
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James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Huffington Post spreads itself thin
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TIRE SWING
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Obama tightens grip on podium speeches
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Snohomish County GOP pulls “$3 bills” smearing Obama from fair booth
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
America Against The World  —  The op-ed in today's WSJ …
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 Earlier Items: 
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McCain's slips, and Reagan's
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She's happily married, dreaming of divorce
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Kid Rock Vetoes Celebrity Political Endorsements
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
William Yardley / New York Times:
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Biden is wrench in McCain's VP choice