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8:50 AM ET, August 28, 2008

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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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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.
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: Hot Air
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party  —  DENVER — Barack Hussein Obama, a freshman senator who defeated the first family of Democratic Party politics with a call for a fundamentally new course in politics, was nominated by his party on Wednesday to be the 44th president of the United States.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Redemption of Bill Clinton
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   THE EX-PRESIDENT.  —  He left little unsaid.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Bill Clinton shows — and gets — the love
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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The Politico:
McCain selects his VP  —  Sen. McCain has chosen his running mate and the person will be notified on Thursday, a senior campaign official said.  —  A friend said McCain had pretty much settled on his selection early this week, and it crystallized in the past few days.
Discussion: Hot Air, Taylor Marsh and DBKP
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.
CNN:
Sources: McCain to reveal VP Friday in Ohio
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Robert D. Novak / UnionLeader.com:
Robert Novak: Lieberman told McCain to choose someone else
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  —  Few Republicans have made it onto MSNBC air during the network's Dem convention coverage, but even that is apparently too much for Keith Olbermann.  As Chris Matthews was interviewing GOP consultant Mike Murphy …
Discussion: Wizbang and Olbermann Watch
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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Associated Press:
Remarks of John F. Kerry to the Democratic National Convention  —  DENVER—Remarks as prepared for delivery to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.:  —  Thank you so much.  Four years ago, you gave me the honor of fighting our fight.
Discussion: National Review
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama in Never-Before-Aired ‘Nightline’ Interview From 2004: Praises John Kerry's Experience, Disses ‘Cut and Run’ Proposals From Iraq  —  It was a very different time, the Iraq war was just over a year old, and then-State Sen. Barack Obama was in a very different place.
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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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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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
George Will / Real Clear Politics:
The Devils in His Details  —  DENVER — When Barack Obama feeds rhetorical fishes and loaves to the multitudes in the football stadium Thursday night, he should deliver a message of sufficient particularity that it seems particularly suited to Americans.  One more inspirational oration …
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors  —  Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention  —  DENVER—Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
ABC News Producer Arrested
Discussion: DBKP
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Enough Already  —  Biden's doing a great job, just as I expected.  —  But come on: To listen to the Democrats you'd think the Great Depression was a day at the beach.  There are economic challenges out there, hardships etc, sure.  But you'd think we're all living off of puddle water …
Discussion: TBogg
 
 
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Matt Welch / Reason:
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For Veteran Speaker, the Challenge of a Lifetime
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Michelle Malkin:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Biden's Speech  —  Eh.  The personal stuff was very effective.
Discussion: Swampland and Kevin Drum
CNN:
Biden  —  (CNN) — Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Barack Obama's choice …
Washington Post:
Justice Dept Seeks Reduced Abramoff Sentence
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Hindrocket / Power Line:
TOGA!  TOGA!  TOGA!  —  We've written about Barack Obama's Greek Temple here and here.
Los Angeles Times:
Business dealings of Biden family could be problematic for him
The Politico:
Storm could swamp GOP convention
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama Camp Responds to GOP Slams on Greek-Columned Stage for Obama Speech
Discussion: Hot Air and Salon
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's Newest Left Hand
Discussion: TVNewser and Balloon Juice