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9:40 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-Ill., on his nomination, with a nod to the fact that Obama's speech coincides with the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.
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.
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
Washington Wire:   Democrats Plan McCain Birthday Bashes in Battlegrounds
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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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
My Remarks at the Democratic National Convention, August 28, 2008  —  One of the greatest gifts of our democracy is the opportunity it offers us every four years to change course.  —  It's not a guarantee - it's only an opportunity.  —  The question facing us is, simply put, will we seize this opportunity for change?
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans In A Tizzy Over Invesco Set
Discussion: Althouse and Group News Blog
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary outdraws Bill Clinton, TV viewers
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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 …
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Most exciting McCain ad ever
Marc Ambinder:
Pawlenty Clues — Sked Cleared
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Alas, a blog
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Pawlenty to Be at State Fair When McCain Announces Pick
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   John McCain's Jekyll, Hyde Obama ads
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain makes decision on running mate
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.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP members told to expect traditional pick  —  In a strong sign that John McCain has not selected Joe Lieberman to be his running mate, Republican members of Congress were told today by McCain's campaign that the Arizona senator would tap a traditional No. 2, according to a GOP source.
Discussion: Hot Air and Donklephant
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Retribution sought for Lieberman
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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Ali / Think Progress:   Wexler, Ellison Slam McCain's Iraq Assessment: 'That's Ridiculous' …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
How McCain's VP Choice Will Be Perceived  —  Howard Wolfson, former communications director for Hillary Clinton, has been writing for us from Denver.  Here are his thoughts on McCain's upcoming v.p. selection.  —  What will John McCain's pick, due tomorrow, of his vice-presidential running mate, say about him to the American people?
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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
Willie Drye / National Geographic:
Hurricane Gustav to Become Gulf Coast Monster?  —  The once and future Hurricane Gustav—currently a tropical storm over Haiti—could attack the U.S. Gulf Coast as a major hurricane this weekend.  Or not.  —  The Gulf Coast's fate depends largely on a developing high-pressure system …
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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
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 …
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's missing from the Democratic convention?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  As one would expect them to be, virtually all of the prime-time speeches at the Democratic Convention have been — from a rhetorical perspective — very well-crafted and well-delivered.
Discussion: Open Left
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Barack Obama's big field day  —  DENVER — Here in the press box at Invesco Field, it's many hours from game time, but a small army of security forces and media people are flowing onto the sunsplashed field — covered with flooring and seating — and into the stands for Barack Obama's big night.
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Lynn Sweet:
Waiting for Obama at Invesco, Schakowsky speaks, volunteers organize.
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Spring's economic rebound unlikely to last  —  Spring's economic strength unlikely to last given slowdowns overseas, struggling consumers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy pulled out of a dangerous rough patch in the spring, thanks largely to strong exports, but the rebound isn't expected to last.
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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