The Note: The Mountaintop

Another top contender will be easier to find: "Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to be in Denver this morning, making the rounds of TV talk shows to lambast Barack Obama on the day the Illinois senator will accept the Democratic nomination for president," Pat Doyle writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The high-visibility mission is the latest stop in a whirlwind campaign swing that for several days recently sent Pawlenty barnstorming for Republican candidate John McCain across the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania."

"When asked if he has spoken with McCain at all in the past week, Pawlenty initially replied, 'About what?' " Doyle writes.

Also in Denver (and beyond):

No one's concerned about going off-message, are they? The line Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., was told he couldn't deliver at his convention speech, "for space": "Above all," it said, per The New York Times' Raymond Hernandez and Jeremy W. Peters, "we can't have a Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to our country as we build a wall on the Southern border. Instead, let us build bridges of friendship and cooperation with our Southern neighbors."

"They kept saying it was for space," Serrano said. "They never said it was for content. They said they wanted it to be 280 words. But when you read it, they took out the meat of the message."

Bloomberg's Michael Tackett and James Rowley trace the arc of history through 82-year-old Nathaniel Jones, in town to see it all with his own eyes. "Tonight, when Democrat Barack Obama, whom Jones met almost 20 years ago during a visit to Harvard Law School, becomes the first black man to accept a major party's nomination for president, Jones will mark the moment with a mix of pride and awe. He isn't a delegate or a party high roller. He's here for one reason: a front-row seat to history."

Still fighting on Bill Ayers: "WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears," Obama's campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters, per the Chicago Tribune. "He's currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers."

More from the Biden files: "Experts say hundreds of thousands of Americans may have lost their homes due to a bill championed by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Barack Obama's vice-presidential running mate," ABC's Justin Rood reports.

Toss in some Tony Rezko: "Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., named over the weekend by presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama as his running mate, has long-standing ties to a Chicago businessman and prominent Obama fundraiser convicted this year in a federal probe that also nabbed a top Biden political supporter," Jerry Seper writes in the Washington Times.

More than you want to know about Obama's outfit Thursday night (unless you're a GOP oppo operative, in which case you can't get enough): "The fabric is 97 percent merino wool and 3 percent cashmere. The pants are pleated and have an inch and a quarter cuff. A similar suit off the rack would retail for about $1,500," per the Chicago Sun-Times' Sandra Guy.

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