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10:30 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy'  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf and Jennifer Parker report: As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was leaving his house in Wilmington this afternoon, he slowed down and said to the gathered news reporters outside his home: “Hey guys, I'm not the guy.  See ya.”
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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Biden the clear frontrunner for Veep  —  Foreign Relations Committee chairman has globe-trotting credentials  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - I've recently spoken with two of the finalists for the role of Barack Obama's running-mate, and to two other sources who are close to the process.
TheFounder / Tribble Ad Agency:
Barack Obama chooses Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President  —  We have a credible lead that Barack Obama will be announcing Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President / VP.  —  Our sources work within an ad agency that is hired by the Obama campaign, and have noted that the vast majority …
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Nader predicts Obama to pick Clinton  —  Count Ralph Nader as unimpressed by the crop of supposed finalists to be Barack Obama's running mate.  —  “I don't think he's that dumb,” said Nader, commenting on widespread speculation that Obama's choices are down to Sens. Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BIDEN: 'I'M NOT THE GUY'  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden left his home a few minutes ago, golf clubs in tow, he was asked where he was going to be on Saturday.  —  Biden replied, “Here” and pointed down to his driveway.  —  As he pulled out of the driveway …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Biden: “I'm Not The Guy”
Bill Carter / TV Decoder:
Rachel Maddow to Replace Dan Abrams on MSNBC  —  Rachel Maddow, shown filling in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown” last month.  Ms. Maddow will host the 9 p.m. hour beginning Sept. 8.  (Ress Greenberg/ New York Times)  —  Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election …
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Rachel Gets Her Own MSNBC Show  —  Happy Now?  —  The network will be formally announcing this tomorrow, but I am pleased to inform you in this fully authorized leak, that as of Monday, September 8, our mutual friend Ms. Maddow will become host of her own show, on MSNBC, at 9 PM Eastern Time.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama's image suffers amid John McCain attacks, poll finds  —  People watch as Sen. Obama arrives at the Sheraton hotel today in Raleigh North Carolina.  McCain and his allies have portrayed Obama in recent weeks as a naive celebrity who is unprepared to lead the nation in dangerous times.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN poll of polls: Obama lead cut in half  —  (CNN) — In what could be an ominous sign for Barack Obama just days before he is formally named the Democratic presidential nominee, a new CNN poll of polls out Tuesday shows the Illinois senator's lead over John McCain has been cut in half in recent days.
David Gergen / CNN:
Is the tide turning?  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  Heading into the candidates' appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain — one the young, eloquent …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama at 45%, McCain at 44%
The Politico:
McCain weighs a Lieberman surprise  —  John McCain is seriously considering choosing a pro-abortion-rights running mate despite vocal resistance from conservatives, with former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) very much in the mix, close McCain advisers say.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Solzhenitsyn Biographer: Cross-In-Dirt Gulag Story Never Happened  —  There's been a ton of buzz on the web for the last day or so — beginning with this Daily Kos diary — suggesting that John McCain patterned his story about a Vietamese captor drawing a cross in the dirt before him on a similar episode …
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Byron York / The Corner:
More Cross-In-The-Dirt News  —  There appears to be a growing consensus in the pro-Obama blogosphere that John McCain didn't steal the cross-in-the-dirt story from Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  Instead, he stole it from Charles Colson's 1983 book, Loving God.  So a few minutes ago I asked Mark Salter …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Lynn Sweet:
Exclusive: Obama team reserving Old State Capitol in Springfield for Saturday to showcase running mate  —  The Chicago Sun-Times has learned that the Obama team, in the run-up to the Democratic convention, will showcase the new Obama ticket Saturday in Springfield at the Old State Capitol …
Anna Mulrine / US News:
Iraq and Afghanistan  —  Home > Nation & World > Iraq and Afghanistan  —  Pentagon Plans to Send More Than 12,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan  —  The U.S. commander there, in an exclusive interview, calls for a further buildup to counter the Taliban
Marc Ambinder:
Your VP, Senator.  What Will “He” Be Like?  —  Sen. Barack Obama usually describes his vice presidential nominee with two pronouns joined by a conjunction... “he or she.”  Tonight, in North Carolina, according to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, Obama was gender specific.
Discussion: Undiplomatic
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
McCain's ‘Judeo-Christian values’ reference puzzles  —  WASHINGTON - On a frozen winter evening at a Town Hall meeting in a school in the Manchester, N.H., suburbs, John McCain expressed surprise and irritation with an intelligence report downplaying the threat of Iran's nuclear program.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
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Discussion: TIME.com
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
University won't open Obama-related records now
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Does Bush Believe McCain Was Tortured?
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CNN:
Gore to speak on Democratic convention's final night
Discussion: TIME.com
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain another George W. Bush?
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It's Rudy  —  So many e-mailers this morning are predicting …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Inverted optics: DNCC wraps Obama in upside-down flag; A familiar look?