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11:35 AM ET, August 28, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rove tried to kill Lieberman VP pick  —  Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.
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New York Times:
McCain Has Made His Pick and Is Set to Tell on Friday  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain has decided on his running mate, two Republican strategists in contact with Mr. McCain's campaign said Wednesday.  He is expected to reveal his choice at a rally at a basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Friday.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp blasts National Review writer as “slimy character assassin”  —  Barack Obama's campaign hasn't advertised this a great deal this week, but the campaign's “Action Wire” has been waging large-scale campaigns against critics.  That includes tens of thousands of e-mails …
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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN DENOUNCES KURTZ TO A MUCH GREATER EXTENT THAN AYERS.— As some of you may remember, I previously explained why I didn't put too much stock in the stories about Barack Obama's ties to Bill Ayers, a position for which I received some positive comments at Huffington Post and elsewhere.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Stanley on Milt Rosenberg Show
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Live from DNC: Bill Get His Digs In  —  Biden's speech?  Surprisingly good.  Bill Clinton's?  Read between the lines and you see what he thinks of Obama...  I've never been called a man of few words, but let me say this as short as I can — yes, yes, yes I accept the nomination.
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden Fumbles Military Terms  —  Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden might be the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but for at least a split second Wednesday, he got confused about some very simple military terminology.  —  Speaking at the Democratic National Convention …
Discussion: Macsmind, Hot Air and QandO
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Bill Clinton shows — and gets — the love  —  All day long the cable talkers had their Clinton drama story line down: When Hillary Clinton pointedly asked her Obama-resistant admirers Tuesday night, “Were you in it just for me?” she was also talking to her husband.
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 …
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New York Times:
Democrats Work to Minimize Stadium Setting's Political Risks  —  DENVER — When Senator Barack Obama announced in early July that he would give his nomination address in an outdoor stadium in front of 75,000 people, he wowed members of both parties who saw it as an inspired stroke of campaign image making.
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
For a New Political Age, a Self-Made Man
Discussion: Commentary, Althouse and MSNBC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Clinton Masterpiece  —  Readers know my personal disdain for Bill Clinton.  But longtime readers will also know I have always defended his solid centrist, smart record in office and defended him against his most over-reaching enemies.  Tonight, I think, was one of the best speeches he has ever given.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BIG DOG... Looking back at the contentious Democratic …
Discussion: Slate and The New Republic
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Redemption of Bill Clinton
Discussion: Washington Wire
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
MSNBC prez defends convention team  —  DENVER — Amid a spate of awkward on-air conflicts among MNSBC anchors at this week's Democratic convention, some staff members say there are sharp internal disputes at the cable network over whether its opinion and personality-driven political coverage has crossed the line.
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
'Let's Wrap Him Up': Olbermann Tries To Get Rid of Republican Murphy
Discussion: TalkLeft, Wizbang and Olbermann Watch
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOHN KERRY — WOW!  —  Most of the nets aren't showing it.  But John Kerry's giving a really good speech on the foreign policy front.  Knocking McCain for standing on an aircraft three months after 9/11 and calling out ‘next stop Baghdad.’ He's going through the list of McCain's foreign policy goofs …
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Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Mount Olympus...  Just heard Obama Manager David Plouffe's view of the world at a groovy TIME magazine event.  I'll post some thoughts on it a bit later.  But for now, a quick review of last night's Hillary speech and a dire prediction about tomorrow's planned spectacular at Invesco field.
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New York Post:
TEMPLE OF DEM ON MT. O-LYMPUS
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Master Has Arrived  —  In the time-honored tradition of the notebook dump, some thoughts and observations on the Democratic convention so far:  —  As for Bill Clinton's speech, halfway through I thought: The Master has arrived.  Crazy Bill, the red-faced Rageaholic, was somewhere else.
Discussion: PSoTD and Chicago Boyz
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: A new McCain spokesman for Obama's unreadiness  —  John McCain went to the vault from the Democratic primaries and found a treasure trove of comments from Democrats on the unreadiness of Barack Obama to lead the nation.  It includes the comments we've seen before from Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden …
Discussion: Macsmind and Althouse
 
 
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Spike Lee: History Can Be Divided Into BB (Before Barack) and AB (After Barack)
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Caucus
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
The Unspoken Question  —  It's three nights into the Democratic …
PageOneQ:
Video: Melissa Etheridge performs at the Democratic National Convention
Melik Kaylan / Wall Street Journal:
How the Georgian Conflict Really Started
Discussion: The Foundry
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
KBR, Partner in Iraq Contract Sued in Human Trafficking Case
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Is a Perfect Target for McCain
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
Kay Bailey Hutchison Mentioned as Possible McCain VP Pick, She Backs Abortion
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Georgia is the graveyard of America's unipolar world
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 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND CORPORATE PROFITS: Second Quarter 2008 (Preliminary)
Charles Wilson / Washington Post:
Charlie Wilson's Peace
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
WBBM-TV:
Mariotti Quits, Says Newspapers Are ‘Dying’
Matt Welch / Reason:
All We Are Saying Is, Make Smarter War
Discussion: Pajamas Media
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
The Devils in His Details
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Dave Barry / National Journal Convention Coverage:
Change, You Say? Start With Some Elbow Room
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Enough Already  —  Biden's doing a great job, just as I expected.
Discussion: Angry Bear and TBogg
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama in Never-Before-Aired ‘Nightline’ …