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6:30 PM ET, August 18, 2008

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Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:
Rick Warren to God-o-Meter: Obama, Dems Can't Just Talk Faith  —  In an interview with God-o-Meter on the day after his Saddleback Civil Forum with John McCain and Barack Obama, Rev. Rick Warren sounded pretty dubious about Barack Obama's and the Democrats' chances of making inroads among evangelicals.
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Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Worlds Apart  —  When I was little, I had a recurrent dream that there was a terrible earthquake.  My father, his body a horse with wings, swooped down from the sky, kneeled so I could jump on his back and flew away just as the earth cracked open beneath me.  It was my most comforting dream.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Showdown at Saddleback  —  While normal people were out having fun Saturday night, I was home in front of the TV.  But I wasn't enjoying the Olympics.  Your diligent columnist was dutifully watching Barack Obama and John McCain answer the Rev. Rick Warren's questions at Saddleback Church.
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain, Obama, and the “Cone of Silence”
Discussion: Commentary and Macsmind
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Smears the Left Can Fight For  —  In the least credible and most vicious corner of the internet, liberal bloggers at the Daily Kos are accusing John McCain of plagiarizing from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  The story Solzhenitsyn told was of a prisoner who drew a cross in the dirt in a Soviet Gulag.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Byron York / The Corner:
Fellow POW: I Remember McCain Telling the “Cross in the Dirt” Story  —  You've probably seen that there are some out there in the blogosphere questioning the authenticity of John McCain's “cross in the dirt” story, which McCain told Saturday night at the Saddleback Summit.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Cross In The Dirt, Ctd  —  Many readers have noted that versions of this story - attributed to Solzhenitsyn by Chuck Colson - have been a staple of evangelical sermons for a very long time.  They aren't always attributed to Solzhenitsyn, but this sermon, preached by Father Luke Veronis, is a classic of the genre.
Byron York / The Corner:   Mark Salter: McCain Told Me the “Cross in the Dirt” Story
John Drescher / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards went for big time  —  Forgive me if I'm straining to believe John Edwards' version of events.  My last conversation with him wasn't a good one.  —  In some ways, that talk reflected the difficult relationship we've had with him since he became a national political figure.
Discussion: Washington Post
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McSweeney's:   Feature: “Fragments From ‘Edwards!  The Musical’” by Ben Greenman (8/18/08)
Byron York / The Corner:
The Real John Edwards
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama VP buzz squarely on Biden  —  (CNN) - When Joe Biden returns to Capitol Hill Monday from his two-day trip to embattled Georgia, vice presidential speculation will rest squarely on him.  —  The longtime Delaware senator and former presidential candidate has long been considered …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIDEN?  —  I just noticed that CNN is saying that Biden's the big buzz for VP down in DC political circles today.  So I'm trying to process what I think of Biden as a potential pick.  —  On the one hand, it's not the most exciting choice.  He doesn't bring a state.  Delaware's going to go Democratic.
Catholic League:
DEMOCRATS MUST NIX OFFENSIVE BLOGGERS  —  Over 120 blogs have been credentialed as members of the media for the Democratic National Convention; those who have received credentials are allowed to cover the Convention at the Pepsi Center.  While most of them offer legitimate commentary, some do not.
Marc Ambinder:
Who Got To Triantafilou?  —  Alex M. Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton Co., Republican Party, wrote on his blog yesterday that McCain would be in Dayton, Ohio on August 29 — the day after the Democratic convention ends — and was looking for a “big” venue. … That was yesterday.
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Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain's Ohio Rally Stokes V.P. Speculation
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and Open Left
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Chicago Annenberg Challenge - The Fog Thickens  —  Barack Obama and unrepentant Weatherman Bill Ayers worked together on public school reform in Chicago for several years through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, co-founded by Bill Ayers and originally chaired by Barack Obama.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Lonewacko
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Chicago Cover-up?  —  In the process of tracing down the Obama …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Outspending Obama By Hundreds Of Thousands In Many Core Battleground States  —  The McCain campaign has outspent the Obama camp by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in some cases by as much as a million dollars or more, in virtually all of the nearly dozen battleground states …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Pew Survey: Viewers of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Score High on News Knowledge  —  NEW YORK The results of the new Pew Survey on News Consumption (taken every two years and released this afternoon) suggest that viewers of the “fake news” programs “The Daily Show"and “The Colbert Report” …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: Obama Wants To Lose In Iraq Because Of His “Ambition”  —  John McCain is ratcheting up his attacks on Obama over Iraq in a speech this morning, declaring flatly that Obama wants the U.S. to fail in Iraq because of “ambition.”  —  In the speech, which is going on now …
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Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Announces His Resignation  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Under pressure over impending impeachment charges, President Pervez Musharraf announced he would resign Monday, ending nearly nine years as the head of one of the United States' most important allies in the campaign against terrorism.
Drudge Report:
PAPER: OBAMA READY TO ANNOUNCE HIS VP  —  The NYT newsroom was buzzing late Monday afternoon after Obama-beat reporter Jeff Zeleny learned how the Dem hopeful has now finalized his choice for a running-mate.  —  Obama has set an elaborate roll-out to announce his decision that will begin …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TIME.com
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Set To Be On Presidential Ballot In Virginia  —  The state of Virginia is, for the first time in many decades, a toss up in the presidential election.  And with its 13 electoral votes and polls showing a tight race, the commonwealth should host a fierce competition between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’  —  British attitudes towards the United States are governed by ignorance of the facts on key issues such as crime, health care and foreign policy, according to a new survey.  —  A poll of nearly 2,000 Britons by YouGov/PHI found that 70 per cent …
 
 
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Chris / TVNewser:
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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
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Terence P. Jeffrey / Human Events:
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City Journal:
Childhood's End  —  Britain, land of bleak houses and low expectations
Discussion: Don Surber
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Riding The Surge Like He Stole It
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
So Much For Nuance  —  Of Obama's abortion remarks this weekend, I wrote:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dirt In The Cross Story, Ctd
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Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
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