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Wonkette, 7/27/2004; 8:30:02 AM

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 Election Recycling: Clintons' Message, "You Must Love Me" Edition. BoiFromTroy -- • Convention speakers contrast candidates. Clinton: "We Democrats will bring the American people a positive campaign, arguing not who's good and who's bad, but what is the best way to build the safe, prosperous world our children deserve"...
 Teresa Heinz Kerry's Un-American Activities. BoiFromTroy -- In its morning editorial, the Washington Times gets hot and heavy over FLOTUS Candidate Teresa Heinz Kerry's recent remarks about what a Pennsylvania newspaperman could do to himself: Mrs. Heinz Kerry's charge smacks of McCarthyism. Her denial smacks...
 BCA Classic: Pasty White is the New Black. BoiFromTroy -- If last night's DNC keynoter Bill Clinton can claim the title of America's first black President, then he must have started a new trend which has reached the ranks of college football. One month from tomorrow, Washingtonians will...

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Scripting News, 7/27/2004; 8:20:02 AM

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 Michael Markman, a longtime reader of this site, writes: "It looks like the bloggers at the convention have very little to say except, 'Look! we're blogging at the convention. I just got credentials." I respond: It's just the second day, and the first convention. Of course the first comments are going to be It works! And maybe that's all there is to it. We'll find out. You can't hurry love.

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Daily Kos, 7/27/2004; 8:20:01 AM

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 Morning open thread. I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday, and...

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The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election, 7/27/2004; 8:10:02 AM

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 Understatement Of The Year?. Headlines Of The Painfully Obvious, brought to you by the BBC: Conventions More Show Than Substance....
 THK: "The Fiesty Lady". Australia’s The Age (1) calls Teresa Heinz Kerry “fiesty,” and (2) wonders if she’s a “secret weapon” or a “loose cannon.”...
 Dean: "We are going to do what the Christian conservatives did 20 years ago". The Guardian reports on Howard Dean’s reception yesterday in Boston (“greeted like a star by party delegates”). More important, Dean is calling for a groud-up resurgance in Dem politics: “We cannot, as Democrats, decide we are only going to work...

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Scripting News, 7/27/2004; 8:10:00 AM

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 A picture named mcGovern.jpgBerkman exec director John Palfrey wonders, perhaps, if the bloggers may be sorry we asked for creds at the DNC, noting my "boring beyond belief" post. First, it got more interesting, and second, while it was really boring at 5PM, no regrets. I recalled watching conventions as a youth, probably the Ford-Carter conventions in 1976, and the ones that nominated Mondale and Dukakis. I go back as far as Nixon-McGovern in 1972. In all cases, you could tell, watching it on TV, that the people at the convention totally weren't paying attention to the speeches, even though the cameras were focused on them. I remember feeling, at the time, what a waste. Now the networks have figured that out and aren't bothering to cover the speeches that are so dull even the delegates don't bother. On the other hand it was a good move for bloggers to be included, and a good move for us to come. The convention proceeds at a pace that's more amenable to our style of reporting. We're getting the hang of it. I expect to be writing about this convention for weeks, months and years to follow, Murphy-willing, of course.

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Boston, Massachusetts Weather, 7/27/2004; 8:00:00 AM

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 Current Weather. 65F Mostly cloudy

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Convention Dispatches, 7/27/2004; 7:40:01 AM

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 So Far, So Good. There have been no DNC-related arrests as of midnight Monday, the Secret Service reported. Authorities had originally reported one Sunday, but the woman who was arrested -- for lighting paper on fire in the street -- turned out not to...
 So Far, So Good. There have been no DNC-related arrests as of 7:30 p.m. Monday night, the Secret Service reported. Authorities had originally reported one Sunday, but the woman who was arrested -- for lighting paper on fire in the street -- turned out...

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Brian's Blog, 7/27/2004; 7:30:01 AM

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 Opening Night. All parties are low in carbs. Choose on taste. The convention opened last night with famous Americans such as Jimmy Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Patti Labelle. But donít think we got any close to the action than...

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Kicking Ass, 7/27/2004; 7:20:01 AM

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 Jul 27, 2004: Convention Day 2 Open Thread. Another amazing day ahead. Tonight features keynote speaker and the next U.S. Senator from the state of Illinois, Barack Obama. Also don't forget to ask a question for our chat this afternoon with Rob Reiner. (Don't forget that the chats don't take pl...

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Democrats Abroad Japan - Progressive Pragmatic Politics, 7/27/2004; 7:20:01 AM

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 The hoi polloi. Wow, just in case you were wondering, its wow here. I will try and give you an overview and then work on individual pieces about each event. cuz, man its like chaos with a side order of exhaustion. Firstly, we got grounded in Chicago because the shrub (Bush) was flying in and then out of Ohare Airport doing fundraising in Illinois. I have to mention that I love that we the people pay for the unbelievable amount of fundraising this guy does, but we cant get him to spend more than 2 weeks straight at the office. But I guess that's a good thing. During the trip through Narita and Ohare we were approached by a bunch of people who supported Kerry and the Dems, it was because we were visible with the Democrats Abroad Japan sign we had. ...read more...
 lightspeed democracy. Hi Japanfam, wish I had 2 more arms and another brain to record and experience at the same time. Here in Boston, the weather is gorgeous, and we have 13 minutes to get to the 7:15am Democrats Abroad meeting. Yesterday's speakers at the DA morning meeting were great, including a surprise visit from Dennis Kucinich-he was passionate, raucus in a legislative way, and as dedicated to unity as to holding the new administration's feet to the fire once we win in Nov.

This post is kind of a celeb-fest, which is not the kind of thing I go for, usually. I don't watch TV (and certainly can't do so here, as there are penguin-like conservative pundits all over the TV, it's really frightening).

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Convention Dispatches, 7/27/2004; 7:19:01 AM

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 Packing The House. For staff survivors of Bill Clinton's two terms in office, competition to obtain FleetCenter credentials to hear their former boss Monday night began heating up this morning. "It was wild," said one former Clinton aide who is a quiet adviser...
 That's My Dirt, Mister!. Normally, opposition researchers prefer to leave no fingerprints, but the GOP War Room in Boston wants a little credit. Republicans have some 15 researchers working around the clock near the FleetCenter, and say they were the source of this morning's...
 Dear Diary.... Independent bloggers with media credentials have gotten all sorts of press, but it's the delegates who get into the parties and onto the FleetCenter floor -- and they have Web logs too. Danny Glover, managing editor of National Journal's Technology...
 Leave The Banana. Take The Cannolis.. The list of banned items allowed inside the "hard" security zone surrounding the FleetCenter grows by the day. All beverages, water included, are off-limits, as are fruits. Well, at least apples and bananas, both of which Convention Daily reporters had...
 Attn: Junkies. Many journalists lament the lack of news at these conventions but we here at Hotline HQ find all sorts of interesting campaign nuggets. Of course, it's usually about campaigns in the somewhat distant future. The race du jour here in...
 Court Upholds Boston Protest Zone. The First Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to have the protest zone outside the FleetCenter either moved or reconfigured to allow delegates to see and hear demonstrators. "There's such...
 "Shove It" Goes Global. I've been using Google News to track Teresa Heinz Kerry's "Shove It" video as it makes its way around the world. The two hanging questions are: 1) Will it be as big as The Dean Scream? (Very doubtful, since the...
 How Wrong Is Wrong?. The good news for the Washington Post is that its erroneous "Election 2000" banner in today's paper appeared only in the special convention issue being distributed among journalists and delegates in Boston. The bad news is that news-starved (and competitive)...
 NOT Ready for Our Close-Up. Forget about my earlier comparison of this convention to a summer camp. The world of the Fleet Center is more like a movie set: It looks like an actual place, lots of people, wires on the ground, cameras, a very...
 American Infomercial?. Exploiting every technical advantage to peddle the story of John Kerry as a decorated Vietnam war hero, his campaign team distributed DVDs to members of the press corps Monday as a way to make their version of a Kerry biopic...
 Media: One Good Turn Deserves Another. A fine, fine bit of journalism in today's New York Times...
 Beyond The Bubble: Kerry Ads In Edwards Country. The Bush campaign has pulled all of its TV advertising until after the Democratic convention, but the Kerry camp has a new spot airing in North Carolina. Ad Spotlight has the video and more details....
 A Kerry Administration. How does White House chief of staff Dick Gephardt sound? That was the buzz among some of the high powered Dem consultants chit-chatting at last night's Strategy Group/Dewey Square Party at the swanky "Federalist" on Beacon Hill. Strategy Group is...
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 Take Me Out To The Ball Game. John Kerry gave baseball fans a shock last night when he made a surprise appearance at game three of a heated series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. National Journal's Earlybird reports that Kerry tossed the...

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The Liquid List, 7/27/2004; 7:17:01 AM

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 Politics: Live From The Little Big Room. Even from a skybox up near the balloons (to be released Thursday night), I can see Jerry Springer down on the floor. Springer is by far the most ubiquitous personality at the DNC. I have seen him at least five...
 Politics: Convention-al Wisdom. Some random thoughts as I watch the convention from the comfort and unharried atmosphere of my home: Jimmy Carter kicks ass. MSNBC is the biggest waste of time, space and electricity I've ever seen. The panel they have working tonight's...
 Politics: Methinks He Doth Embrace Too Quick. The Post has an item informing us that the White House is mighty interested in this here 9/11 commission report. The paper deduces that the White House is concerned about looking like they don't take action on terrorism in an...
 Politics: Blogging The Convention. Having returned from an extended hiatus to Rummy's least favorite corner of the globe (no, not Abu Ghraib, but Gay Paree), I awake on the blog to find myself ensconsed in a room at the Sheraton Boston, hobnobbing with the...
 Politics: Convention Blogging. As you've probably heard, the DNC has invited about 30 bloggers to cover the 2004 convention, which starts today. If you're wondering who got in there, check this site out, it lists all participating bloggers and acts as a community...
 Politics: Teddy's The Man. Thank you Bob Herbert for seeing the greatness of Ted Kennedy: No other person has been as close to so much of the action that has shaped this country over the past half-century as Ted Kennedy. Presidents come and go,...
 Politics: A Democratic House?. These days, under the leadership of Tom Delay, the US House of Representatives is a virtual insane asylum, churning out all sorts of scandal and right wing lunacy for the nation's reasonable people to complain about. Could all that come...
 Politics: Hot New Makeover Site. The RNC has just unveiled a new website: DemsExtremeMakeover.com. When you click on over you may notice, as I did, that the banner picture clearly suggests that the two Johns are about to enjoy a deep, passionate kiss. I wonder...
 Politics: Supreme Court = Russian Politboro. That's the right wing's fun new take on the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Rep. John Hostettler brought it out today while advocating his jurisdiction-stripping bill - the House's response to the Senate's failure to pass a gay marriage ban. From...
 Politics: Oh, THOSE Mercenaries.... A spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq has admitted the U.S. had contact with a team of mercenaries who was running a private jail in Afghanistan where torture and abuse were apparently common. The BBC is reporting that men turned...
 Politics: Stand and Fight. Earlier, I wrote about a nasty judicial nominee named William G. Myers. Myers' time in government was notorious because as solicitor of the Interior Department he interpreted the word "or" to mean "and" and tossed the whole of the English...
 Politics/Media: Juan Williams-Free Non-Hackery. Sheesh, that's a mouthful, isn't it? Anyhow, yesterday I mentioned in this item that Juan Williams had a Morning Edition interview with Sec Def Rumsfeld in which Williams so thoroughly kissed Rummy's ass that he needed a shower afterward. In...
 Business: KFC. An undercover PETA operative took some damning video of animal abuse inside a KFC supplier's factory. The supplier is Pilgrim's Pride. Trying not to sound preachy, I just have to wonder if consumers understand where their food comes from in...
 Music: All New Allmusic.com. Back in the freewheeling days when Napster was fun and, it turns out, illegal, Allmusic.com became my best friend. I am a completeness fanatic, and I've never been able to enjoy a "single." If I wanted some piece of music,...
 Politics: Incredulity. When President Bush speaks, I have this terrible tendency to not believe a word he says. About the 2000 election, about tax cuts, about Al Qaeda, about the war in Iraq, and about most other things. So Bush mentions that...

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Scripting News, 7/27/2004; 7:10:01 AM

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 Lance Knobel pulls a quote from a Jay Rosen piece about political consultants at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and how they set expectations for candidates. There is something seriously wrong with it, if our political system were working, candidates would be judged by how well they represent the interests of voters, not how well they meet the expectations of political insiders.

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 Hollywood Reporter on convention bloggers.

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 Today's Boston forecast: "Highs around 70." Ahhhh.

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BOPnews, 7/27/2004; 7:00:02 AM

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 The Humbleness of the Right.

Jay Currie writes, after accepting DenBeste's dubious idea that the right believes in trusting people to make their own decisions, that:

The other half is the implicit humility a conservative feels in the face of having to make a decision on behalf of the rest of society. The roots of conservatism lie in the fact conservatives are very sceptical about the possibility of having enough knowledge to justify abridging human liberty.

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Democrats Abroad Japan - Progressive Pragmatic Politics, 7/27/2004; 7:00:00 AM

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 7/25-7/26 BOSTON blogging. Hello there, sorry I have not updated, wow, the days are just a blur. Let me try to update you all on a bit of what we have done.

So Sat. morning very very early we drove almost 3 hrs. outside of Boston for one of the two days of DEMOCRACY Fest which was a Howard Dean Supporter Rally leading into the convetion! 3 hrs. in the car was a bit rough...

But the day was very worth it. We went to Pittsfield, in the Bershires. Famous Tanglewood was near by.

We started off with our Own Terri MacMillan sining the star spangled banner. She was Fantastic!

Morning was filled with catching up with our Dean family. We had a great Campaign Trainging workshop put on by a professional training team sponsored by Latinos For America. What an amazing group. I learned about media message, fundraising and lots more.

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Lost Remote, 7/27/2004; 7:00:00 AM

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 NBC junkets now taxable (gasp!). It's one of the best perks of a media buyer, especially around Olympics time: NBC gives free trips to their best clients, tax free. But now the network is assigning their junkets a value ($12,000 to Athens), and the gravy...

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Scripting News, 7/27/2004; 7:00:00 AM

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 On the bus back from the convention last night I sat next to two bloggers from The American Street, both from Oregon, which I learned is a battleground state. I took some pictures but I have to get some coffee before I procede with processing.

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the american street, 7/27/2004; 6:40:02 AM

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 DNC Day One Wrap-Up. In a landslide, John Kerry has become the 44th president of the USA, carrying 54% of the popular vote and winning by 337-202 in the Electoral College. The suspense was over early in the evening as nearly the entire Atlantic...

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Boston, Massachusetts Weather, 7/27/2004; 6:40:00 AM

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 Current Weather. 63F Mostly cloudy

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Lost Remote, 7/27/2004; 6:40:00 AM

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 Vyvx adds high-def fiber lines. Eight markets can now book HDTV-quality fiber feeds: Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco. Also: Vyvx sets fiber installation record at convention...

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BOPnews, 7/27/2004; 6:00:01 AM

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 he Humbleness of the Right.

Jay Currie writes, after accepting DenBeste's dubious idea that the right believes in trusting people to make their own decisions, that:

The other half is the implicit humility a conservative feels in the face of having to make a decision on behalf of the rest of society. The roots of conservatism lie in the fact conservatives are very sceptical about the possibility of having enough knowledge to justify abridging human liberty.

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Boston, Massachusetts Weather, 7/27/2004; 5:40:00 AM

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 Current Weather. 64F Clear
 Forecast for Today. Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers late this afternoon. Highs around 70. Light and variable winds. Becoming east 5 to 10 mph late this morning and afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
 Forecast for Tonight. A chance of showers early in the evening. Then showers in the late evening and overnight with an isolated thunderstorm. Areas of dense fog in the late evening and overnight. Visibility less than one quarter mile at times in the late evening and overnight. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
 Forecast for Wednesday. Patchy dense fog until midday. Showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Visibility less than one quarter mile at times in the morning. Humid. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph.
 Forecast for Wednesday Night. Showers in the evening tapering off late. A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
 Forecast for Thursday. Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around 80. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
 Forecast for Thursday Night. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs 81 to 86.
 Forecast for Friday. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs 81 to 86.



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