TUESDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* The latest national poll from CBS News shows Obama leading McCain by eight, 48% to 40%.

* The latest national poll from USA Today/Gallup shows Obama leading McCain by seven, 50% to 43%.

* The latest national poll from Diageo/Hotline shows Obama leading McCain by nine, 48% to 39%.

* Giuliani is out as McCain’s keynote speaker; Lieberman and Fred Thompson will replace him tonight. Giuliani will speak tomorrow or Thursday instead.

* Obama delivered an unusually good speech last night in Milwaukee on Hurricane Gustav and the “quiet storms” families face nationwide every day. Time’s Jay Newton-Small, who’s covered Obama for 19 months, said he was “as good as I’ve ever heard him.”

* About two-thirds of the country is worried that a McCain presidency would be too similar to the last eight years.

* Thanks to a late push from conservative activists, McCain raised $47 million in August, easily his best fundraising month to date.

* For a little while, Palin was referencing Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments in her stump speech. That, apparently, is over.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.