The Note: Twin Paths

The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley: "The topic was national security, and their tone was civil, but thankfully not too civil: Mr. O'Reilly, as is his wont, spoke brusquely, interrupted, argued and didn't let his guest off the hook. He told Mr. Obama he had 'bloviated' in parts of his convention speech, but congratulated him on his early opposition to the war, saying he had been 'perspicacious.' "

Bad for the brand: "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., per The Hill. "Uppity, yeah."

It wasn't just the Code Pinkers getting dragged away: "Police arrested hundreds of anti-war protesters outside of the Republican convention hall Thursday night in St. Paul. Over 1,000 demonstrators marched from the State Capitol to the Xcel Energy Center, where tens of the thousands of Republican delegates and party elite gathered to hear Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech," per ABC's Jennifer Duck and Lindsey Ellerson.

House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel has some explaining to do: "Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort," per The New York Times' David Kocieniewski.

The Kicker:

"Even in the Senate when he used to heckle us for doing stupid things, which we usually were, it was not with Shakespearian flair." -- Trent Lott, on his former colleague John McCain's oratorical skills.

"And I'll go with you!" -- Bill O'Reilly, offering himself as Barack Obama's traveling companion, to force the Iraqis to pay more for their own rebuilding.

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