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1:50 AM ET, August 29, 2008

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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Speech: How Did He Do?  —  Barack Obama delivers …
Discussion: Boston Globe, MyDD and NewsBusters.org
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
Pawlenty to Be at State Fair When McCain Announces Pick
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
In a switch, McCain to Obama: “Well done”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Most exciting McCain ad ever
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Marc Ambinder:
Pawlenty Clues — Sked Cleared
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Alas, a blog
New York Times:
Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech  —  The following is the text, as prepared for delivery, of Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, as provided by the Obama campaign.  —  To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's missing from the Democratic convention?
Discussion: Open Left
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Obama: ‘We are a better country than this’
Discussion: Don Surber and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Republicans In A Tizzy Over Invesco Set
Discussion: Althouse
CNN:
Barack Obama takes on John McCain
Discussion: The Reaction
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hope We Confess  —  It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety.  It was a liberal speech, more unabashedly, unashamedly liberal than any Democratic acceptance speech since the great era of American liberalism.
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 …
Washington Post:
GOP Considers Delaying Convention  —  Tropical Storm Gustav Is Forecast to Hit U.S. Next Week as Hurricane  —  Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Gustav …
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Media Cheers Obama Speech  —  Several members of the media were seen cheering and clapping for Barack Obama as the Illinois senator accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday.  Standing on the periphery of the football field serving as the Democratic convention floor, dozens of men …
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Commentary
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 Wizbang
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: The Hill and Hot Air
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
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Missing in Action  —  Three subjects were conspicuously absent from essentially all of the numerous speeches in this convention:  —  1. Barack Obama's legislative record in Illinois: Given his marked lack of experience, how could the speakers completely ignore and avoid his years in the state senate …
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:
INITIAL THOUGHTS  —  I thought this was a very strong speech.  About exactly what was needed.  It was a strong speech.  He made the case for himself; he laid out clear policy goals; and he aggressively set forth the stakes of the campaign.  He made the case against John McCain while not attacking …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
A Shooting Liberal Star
Discussion: TalkLeft and what if?
Michelle / Hot Air:
Hot Air TV@DNC: Crazy Gitmo madness
Discussion: The Other McCain
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Pretty Good  —  I thought Obama's speech was better …
Discussion: Commentary
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Landmark  —  Is it a great thing that, in a country …
Discussion: The Opinionator
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Some live chat during the Obama speech
Discussion: Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Barack Obama Makes History as First African American Nominee …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Gore  —  There are of course indefensible statements in his speech …
Discussion: The Opinionator
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Watching The Crowd  —  I'm watching the live feed on HD live-stream on my laptop.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
McCain Stadium Rally Has Tickets to Spare
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Veep Troubles  —  Ross acknowledges Romney isn't exactly …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:
Some Clinton Donors Are Contributing to McCain
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Rebecca Dana / Wall Street Journal:
MSNBC Anchors' Fights Go Live
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
McCain Campaign Disavows Health Adviser (Updated)
Henry Seltzer / Us Weekly:
Cindy McCain's Half Sister: “I'm Voting for Barack Obama”
CNN:
Putin accuses U.S. of orchestrating Georgian war