The Note: Base Instincts

This doesn't play well: "Are Barack Obama's supporters planning a fundraiser on Sept. 11?" reports Salon's Alex Koppelman. "An e-mail making the rounds among Democratic finance types and obtained by Salon makes it seem that way. 'Come get your photo w Warren Buffett,' the subject line reads. The invitation itself goes on to say: 'What does it say about Obama that the best-respected businessman in the world keeps doing fundraisers for him? Especially when, up until this cycle, he has steered clear of the political nitty-gritty. Can you join Warren for a business roundtable discussion in Washington on Thursday, September 11?' "

A kinder, gentler way to spend your time under arrest: "Work crews are covering the makeshift holding pens that could house protesters who run afoul of the law at next week's Democratic National Convention with chain-link fence today," Tom McGhee writes in The Denver Post. "City officials had topped the holding areas with razor wire to keep those arrested from climbing out but reconsidered because of community concerns, said Denver County Undersheriff Bill Lovinger."

A greener shade of red, white, and blue: "From an eco-friendly convention stage complete with biodegradable balloons and signage, plans for 900-plus Democratic volunteers stationed at every Pepsi Center trash can to sort recyclable refuse, and a fleet of delegate cars powered by clean fuel converted from Coors beer -- the Democrat's green will be trying to get your attention in Technicolor," ABC's Nitya Venkataraman reports.

He didn't pay his bills to the "DC madam" this way, did he? "Sen. David Vitter, R-La., should be denied permission to use campaign money to pay more than $160,000 in legal fees related to his involvement with a Washington escort service, according to an advisory opinion released Wednesday by lawyers for the Federal Election Commission," Bruce Alpert writes in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 1949-2008

The political world lost a towering and passionate figure: "Stephanie Tubbs Jones came to Congress nearly 10 years ago as a little-known Democrat from Cleveland who had to fill the big shoes of a near-legend, Louis Stokes," Stephen Koff and Sabrina Eaton write for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But when news of her fatal brain aneurysm spread from Ohio to the nation's capital Wednesday, Tubbs Jones' reputation was well-established: tough, exuberant, passionate, partisan, a woman from modest means who rose to national prominence."

The Kicker:

"John, how long did it take you to think of that question?" -- Barack Obama, to the Chicago Tribune's John McCormick, who asked Obama during a shopping trip if he was still "shopping" for a vice president.

"I think -- I'll have my staff get to you." -- John McCain, asked by Politico how many houses he owns.

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