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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 …
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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 …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Mount Olympus...  Just heard Obama Manager David Plouffe's view …
Discussion: The Opinionator and marbury
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dems getting nervous about the Temple of O
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 …
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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.
Washington Wire:
Democrats Plan McCain Birthday Bashes in Battlegrounds  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Sedona on the presidential race.  —  Lost in the frenzy of Barack Obama's speech and John McCain's vice presidential pick is another big milestone: the Republican presidential candidate's 72nd birthday Friday.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain says no vice presidential decision yet
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Swamp
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rove ‘Waffles’ On Whether He Asked Lieberman To Drop Out Of VP Consideration
Discussion: The Politico, MoJoBlog and MSNBC
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SCRAPPY KID FROM SCRANTON.... The political world has certain expectations about the kind of speech a vice presidential nominee is going to deliver at his or her convention.  It's going to be polished, there will be a few clever turns of phrase, and there may be some call-and-response thrown in for good measure.
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden Fumbles Military Terms
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
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.
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Guy Benson / Media Blog:
Stanley Kurtz's Fairness Doctrine Preview
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Corner
chicagotribune.com:
Obama's e-mail about WGN-AM
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp blasts National Review writer as “slimy character assassin”
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.
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George Will / Real Clear Politics:
The Devils in His Details
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:   O-Bobma the Builder, or Why a philosophy of “yes we can” …
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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TexasTom / Daily Kos:
McCain Advisor: There are no uninsured Americans
Discussion: The Mahablog and Obsidian Wings
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE REPUBLICAN E.R. PLAN.... John McCain's healthcare plan …
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
Senator Durbin Declines to Name One Good Lieberman Vote - VIDEO
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and MoJoBlog
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Sadie Gray / Guardian:
Hurricane Gustav threatens New Orleans
Discussion: Salon
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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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 …
Karl Rove / Weekly Standard:
Biden's Exaggerations  —  Inflating Obama's record will not resolve doubts.  —  THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION exposed the central defect of Senator Barack Obama's candidacy: the absence of compelling evidence he is up to the job of president.  The exposé comes courtesy …
Discussion: Commentary and NewsBusters.org
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 …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Avoiding A Long, Disappointing Fall  —  A thorough diagnosis of what's been ailing the Obama campaign.  And suggestions for a cure.  —  I.  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  Judis (4/23/08): The Next McGovern?  —  Judis (5/7/08): It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  —  The Barack Obama campaign has been floundering.
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: Gawker, FP Passport and PSoTD
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 …
 
 
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Congress Is a Perfect Target for McCain
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