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1:35 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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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 …
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.
David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Obama, Bill Clinton Remain Distant  —  Despite Similar Stories, a Complex Relationship  —  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — in so many ways two sides of the same coin.  Old heat and new cool, two guys who came out of nowhere, bereft of early connections, overcoming the odds.
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
No Personal Touch in Clinton's Endorsement
Discussion: The Politico and Reason
John Dickerson / Slate:
HILLARY CLINTON THROWS ALMOST EVERYTHING BEHIND BARACK OBAMA.
Discussion: Commentary
Scott J. Anderson / CNN:
Bill Clinton to take center stage
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
“No Way, No How, No McCain”
Discussion: Guardian
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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John McCormack / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Temple of Obama  —  Reuters reports that “Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.”  —  To which a McCain adviser quipped: “Is this from the Onion?”
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain Aide Mocks Obama's Columned Stage
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Commentary
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   Not a Greek Temple, but a Greek Tragedy
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA  —  Reuters reports that “Barack Obama's big speech …
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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Chris / TVNewser:
(Slightly) Uncomfortable MSNBC Moment #3, With a Shot at Fox  —  Tonight, just after 9pmET, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were talking about Hillary Clinton's keynote speech.  The chat ranged from her once formidable campaign, her place in the Clinton legacy, GOP tactics against her …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Open Left
Mark Finkelstein / media.newsbusters.org:
Tensions Boil Over at MSNBC as Shuster, Scarborough Feud
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sister Toldjah
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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Michelle Malkin:   Obama's Ayers problem deepens
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Bill Ayers: Unrepentant LYING Terrorist
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Smears And Fears  —  My main worry with John McCain is foreign policy.
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 …
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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Biden is wrench in McCain's VP choice  —  DENVER — Democrat Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as a running mate is complicating Republican John McCain's analysis of his prospective vice presidential contenders.  —  Biden will make his formal debut Wednesday with a prime-time address.
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Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe Sanguine About Obama's Prospects  —  Barack McCain's margin among independent swing-voting women and sporadically voting Democrats are two of the main metrics his campaign are closely monitoring, Obama's election manager, David Plouffe, said today.  —  Plouffe, speaking to reporters …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and TIME.com
William Yardley / New York Times:
Senator From Alaska Wins Primary  —  Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska won the Republican primary in his home state on Tuesday, soundly defeating six Republican challengers less than a month after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for concealing more than $250,000 in gifts from an oil services company.
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 …
Eileen Finan / People.com:
Kid Rock Vetoes Celebrity Political Endorsements  —  Kid Rock  —  Not one to mince words, Kid Rock nevertheless says don't ask him to sound off on affairs of state.  —  “I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
 
 
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Democrats Set Up ‘War Room’ for GOP Convention
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain's slips, and Reagan's
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Smear Watch  —  Hillary Clinton on McCain: “In 2008 …
DocJess / DemConWatch:
Tonight's Roll Call
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Progressive Schwag in Denver
Ellen Tien / CNN:
She's happily married, dreaming of divorce
CBS News:
Dukakis Defends Obama Campaign
Discussion: The New Republic
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Ad Hacks  —  Ad Age asked various professional ad agencies …
Discussion: Adweek and Spin Cycle
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Biblical Seven Years
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
Clinton's Speech: The Morning After
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
POWERFUL
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A STAR IS BORN?.... It's not unusual at a major party convention …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Andrew Sullivan Mints a New Swift Vet
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Washington Post:
Obama, Biden's Son Linked by Earmarks
Discussion: USA Today and Hot Air
Faiz / Think Progress:
CNN Thinks Only The Top Five Percent Of America's Income Earners Count