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7:45 PM ET, August 28, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama camp: McCain would be committing “political malpractice” with veep leak tonight  —  Annoyed by all the mind-games and leaks meant to divert attention from their candidate's long-anticipated acceptance speech tonight, Barack Obama's campaign is hitting back this afternoon and accusing their counterparts of playing poltiical games.
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Responds to McCain's Congratulatory TV Ad  —  Tonight the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will air a TV ad congratulating Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on his nomination, with a nod to the fact that the speech coincides with the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
In a switch, McCain to Obama: “Well done”  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - In a brief break from a fierce advertising war, Republican presidential candidate John McCain will air a one-evening-only ad with a simple message for Barack Obama: “Job well done.”
Discussion: The Corner, Yahoo! News and Lynn Sweet
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Most exciting McCain ad ever  —  This better be good.  —  McCain aide Brian Rogers sends out an expectations-raising email on an ad McCain is releasing today:, which he calls “exciting and unprecedented.”  —  Communications director Jill Hazelbaker teased it on Morning Joe this morning:
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Washington Wire:   Democrats Plan McCain Birthday Bashes in Battlegrounds
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Romney Family Gets Security Sweep  —  If security sweeps are the giveaway, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be on the brink of being selected as Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) vice presidential running mate.  —  According to sources with strong Michigan ties, the Secret Service …
Discussion: Wake up America and TRAIL BLAZERS
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain ad to rebut Obama's DNC speech  —  Tonight, John McCain will talk directly to his opponent in a television ad his campaign is airing in battleground states, around the time Barack Obama accepts the presidential nomination, McCain's campaign said.  —  Aides would give few details beyond …
John Byrne / The Raw Story:
McCain ad questioned as word ‘HANG’ appears over image of Barack Obama  —  A McCain ad aired on Fox News channel with the words “HANG” in the background along with a photograph of Barack Obama has sparked outrage after being noticed by a reporter at a local Fox television affiliate.
Marc Ambinder:
Pawlenty Clues — Sked Cleared  —  CBS affiliate WCCO in Minneapolis is reporting that Gov. Tim Pawlenty's schedule has been cleared for today and tomorrow...  Now — McCain's campaign could have made similar requests of other candidates.  But Pawlenty's is the first we know about.
Discussion: TIME.com and Alas, a blog
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   John McCain's Jekyll, Hyde Obama ads
Michael Hayslip / KFJX-TV:
It's all in the wording
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
CNN:
Sources: McCain to reveal VP Friday in Ohio
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Moves Ahead, 48% to 42%  —  Democratic candidate gains in Monday through Wednesday interviewing  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Democratic candidate Barack Obama has gained ground in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday …
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
The Bush-McCain administration ... Did we miss something?  —  It was almost as if Vice President Cheney had already left the scene, riding off into the sunset like some cowboy to the Wyoming plains.  —  At last night's Democratic National Convention, Cheney was replaced by Republican nominee …
Discussion: The Swamp
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A MINI-BOUNCE, PERHAPS  —  Consistent with Paul's evaluation …
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
Time:
McCain's Prickly TIME Interview  —  For years, John McCain's marathon bull sessions with reporters were more than a means of delivering a message; they were the message.  McCain proudly, flagrantly refused direction from handlers, rarely dodged tough questions and considered those who did wimps and frauds.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   THE PRICKLY TALK EXPRESS.... John McCain became a media darling …
New York Post:
TEMPLE OF DEM ON MT. O-LYMPUS  —  GOP MOCKS GRAND STAGE FOR BAM AS GREEK HUBRIS  —  DENVER - Democrats will kneel before the “Temple of Obama” tonight.  —  As if a Rocky Mountain coronation were not lofty enough, Barack Obama will aim for Mount Olympus when he accepts his party's nomination atop …
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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Carter: McCain ‘milking’ POW time  —  DENVER — Former president Jimmy Carter called Republican presidential candidate John McCain a “distinguished Naval officer,” but said the Arizona senator has been “milking every possible drop of advantage” from his time served as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Discussion: Power Line and TIME.com
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Retribution sought for Lieberman
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox: Bush might not speak at RNC on Monday because of Gustav.  —  President Bush is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention on Monday, but with Tropical Storm Gustav expected to hit Gulf coast, the White House is beginning to hint that President Bush might not speak that day.
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Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC Anchors' Fights Go Live  —  Since the start of the Democratic National Convention, ratings have exploded for the cable news channel MSNBC.  —  So have tensions among the network's top anchors.  —  The convention was supposed to be the network's coming-out party as a hub for politics.
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Robert Cox / Olbermann Watch:   Olbermann Finally Cracks; “Personal Demons” on Full Display in Latest Kos Post
Henry Seltzer / Us Weekly:
Cindy McCain's Half Sister: “I'm Voting for Barack Obama”  —  Cindy McCain's half sister is planning on voting for Barack Obama, she tells Usmagazine.com.  —  “I'm not voting for McCain,” Kathleen Hensley Portalski tells Us.  “I have a different political standpoint.
Discussion: The Swamp and Salon
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
McCain Campaign Disavows Health Adviser (Updated)  —  The saga of John McCain and his official views on health care just keeps getting more interesting.  —  As you may recall, the Dallas Morning News recently quoted John Goodman suggesting that the problems of the uninsured were wildly exaggerated …
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Jason Roberson / Dallas Morning News:
Texas still leads nation in rate of uninsured residents
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Tuesday With Lanny  —  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HILLARY CLINTON'S BIGGEST FAN.  —  When it comes to defending Hillary Clinton, Lanny Davis has no rival.  After Clinton had been mathematically eliminated from contention for the Democratic nomination, Davis continued to campaign for her.
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard Blog:   Priceless  —  Senator Charles Schumer of New York is the ur-Democrat …
CNN:
Putin accuses U.S. of orchestrating Georgian war  —  SOCHI, Russia (CNN) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.  —  In an exclusive interview with CNN's Matthew Chance …
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Some Clinton Donors Are Contributing to McCain  —  Dozens of Prominent Fundraisers Have Donated over $200,000 in Last Few Months  —  Some of Hillary Clinton's most fervent supporters are taking their enthusiasm - and their campaign contributions - to John McCain.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's missing from the Democratic convention?
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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Pittsburgh cartoonist put off by pro-choice convention giveaways
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Schweitzer's audible  —  Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Stepping On Obama?  —  I guess some of the McCain team believe …
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Marc Ambinder:
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