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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
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.
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA DOESN'T THINK HE'S READY, EITHER  —  Check out this devastating new ad by the McCain campaign.  It combines footage of various Democrats—including Barack Obama!—talking about his lack of preparation to be President with footage from Russia's invasion of Georgia:
Marc Ambinder:   Pawlenty Canceling Interviews...
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Most exciting McCain ad ever
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 …
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?
Discussion: The Swamp
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A MINI-BOUNCE, PERHAPS  —  Consistent with Paul's evaluation …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Dems nervous over Invesco risks  —  DENVER - Senior Democratic officials are expressing serious concerns about the political risks posed by Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium Thursday evening.  —  From the elaborate stagecraft to the teeming crowd …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Mount Olympus...  Just heard Obama Manager David Plouffe's view …
Discussion: marbury
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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Fox News:
Gustav Threatens GOP Convention Plans
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS
M. Duss / Think Progress:   Hagee Ministries: ‘No Comment’ on Tropical Storm Gustav
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
Flashback: 40 Years Ago Today, Bill Ayers Arrested at DNC  —  For those Democrats who are too young to have a proper appreciation of their party's history, which likely includes most of Senator Obama's supporters, we direct your attention to a memorable moment in DNC history that shows …
Discussion: MoJoBlog, The Corner and QandO
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Jason Roberson / Dallas Morning News:
Texas still leads nation in rate of uninsured residents  —  jroberson@dallasnews.com  —  Texas once again led the nation with the highest percentage of residents without health insurance, a U.S. Census Bureau report showed Tuesday, although the same study also reports a slight dip last year …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE REPUBLICAN E.R. PLAN.... John McCain's healthcare plan …
Discussion: Think Progress and The RBC
Lynn Hulsey / Dayton Daily News:
McCain rally tickets still available  —  DAYTON — Tickets are still available for Sen. John McCain's Friday, Aug. 29, rally at Wright State University's Nutter Center in Fairborn.  —  McCain and his wife Cindy will appear at the event, dubbed the “Road to the Convention Rally.”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Retribution sought for Lieberman  —  DENVER — Connecticut delegates are demanding that party leaders punish Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent, because of his support of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican nominee.  —  For many of them, Lieberman's plan to speak …
Washington Post:
7 Years to Climate Midnight  —  The world may have only seven years to start reducing the annual buildup in greenhouse gas emissions that otherwise threatens global catastrophe within several decades.  That means that between Inauguration Day in January 2009 and 2015, either John McCain …
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 …
Discussion: On Deadline
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
The Optimism of Fools  —  Following my sour take on the forthcoming election, and my follow-up posting that practically all my emailers agree with me, a dissenting reader chid me thus, under the subject line “Why you aren't getting disagreeable emails”: … This gladdens my heart, because it tells me I am doing my job.
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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