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10:50 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”
Discussion: Yahoo! News, The Corner and Lynn Sweet
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Most exciting McCain ad ever
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 …
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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 …
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Pawlenty to Be at State Fair When McCain Announces Pick
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Marc Ambinder:
Pawlenty Clues — Sked Cleared
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Alas, a blog
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain's Jekyll, Hyde Obama ads
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary outdraws Bill Clinton, TV viewers
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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?
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Go Gore...'We must seize this opportunity'
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans In A Tizzy Over Invesco Set
Discussion: Althouse and Group News Blog
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
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Retribution sought for Lieberman
Discussion: Firedoglake
FactCheck.org:
Is it true John McCain voted with George Bush 95 percent of the time?  —  The Obama campaign keeps claiming McCain has voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time.  Is this true?  Is this significant?  —  A:  —  Yes, it's true, according to Congressional Quarterly's assessment of McCain's voting record.
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Greg Veis / The New Republic:   How McCain's VP Choice Will Be Perceived
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
The Bush-McCain administration ... Did we miss something?
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
Detroit Free Press:
Full text of Obama's acceptance speech  —  To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;  —  With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wake up America
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Obama: ‘We are a better country than this’  —  Senator Barack Obama will promise change — and spells out specifics such as tax cuts for the middle class and an end to dependence on foreign oil in 10 years — as he accepts the Democratic presidential nomination tonight.
Discussion: Don Surber and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
McCain Stadium Rally Has Tickets to Spare  —  DAYTON, Ohio — While Obamaniacs competed for tickets and withstood long lines to see their hero at Denver's Invesco Field, John McCain's rumored announcement of his running mate here tomorrow is not exactly drawing the same interest.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Lynn Hulsey / Dayton Daily News:
McCain rally tickets still available
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
Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
McCain's Vice President: Tim Pawlenty  —  I'm confident enough to put this up now, but willing to be wrong.  —  Right now though, every sign, signal, and background chatter indicates John McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota's governor, as his running mate.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Donklephant
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
The “Shine Sweet Freedom” Man  —  Readers of my music criticism may (or may not) be interested to know that Michael McDonald is one of my favorite pop singers (and please, please: Let's not argue over the definition of “pop” — I just mean non-classical).  So McDonald has performed at the Democratic convention.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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CNN:
Transcript: Al Gore's speech at Invesco Field
Discussion: Climate Progress
Lynn Sweet:
Waiting for Obama at Invesco, Schakowsky speaks, volunteers organize.
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.
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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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.
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 …
 
 
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Gore  —  There are of course indefensible statements in his speech …
Discussion: The Opinionator
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Watching The Crowd  —  I'm watching the live feed on HD live-stream on my laptop.
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Conventions: Showing the Growth of Cable News
Discussion: TVNewser
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Convention Live Blogging
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Rove On Hurricanes In August: “The Republicans Can't Seem To Get A Break”
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Obama campaign chief of staff on polling, enthusiasm
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Veep Troubles  —  Ross acknowledges Romney isn't exactly …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's missing from the Democratic convention?
Discussion: Open Left
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Republicans Are Better At Conventions
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
The Obama Plotters: The Republican Double Standard In Law Enforcement Made Manifest
Rob Tornoe / Politicker:
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
CNN:
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