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8:25 AM ET, August 20, 2008

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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.
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Michael Moore:
“Caroline: Pull a Cheney!”  An Open Letter to Caroline Kennedy (head of the Obama VP search team) from Michael Moore  —  We've never met, so I hope you don't find this letter too presumptuous or inappropriate.  As its contents involve the public's business, I am sending this to you via the public on the Internet.
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.”
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama Uses “He” Pronoun When Discussing His VP
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
Discussion: American Power and Open Left
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and McCain in a statistical tie  —  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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Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Poll: McCain Makes a Move, Takes 5-Point Lead Over Obama  —  Obama loses ground among Dems, women, Catholics & even younger voters  —  UTICA, New York - As Russian tanks rolled into the Republic of Georgia and the presidential candidates met over the weekend in the first joint issues forum …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN poll of polls: Obama lead cut in half
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MOVING TIME....I have some news to share: on Friday, after four wonderful years at the Washington Monthly, I'll be picking up my keyboard and moving to a new blog at Mother Jones magazine.  Here's the new URL: … There nothing there yet except for a welcome message, but starting on Friday, that's where I'll be blogging full time.
Discussion: TBogg and The Democratic Daily
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Just call me, ‘Political Animal’  —  Now that my friend Kevin Drum has made the announcement, I can pass along the big news.  —  Starting this Friday, Aug. 22, Kevin will be leaving the Washington Monthly, heading over to a new blog at Mother Jones.  He'll be replaced at Political Animal by ... me.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Talk of McCain's No. 2 Concerns Conservatives  —  LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Senator John McCain is facing increasing scrutiny about his selection of a running mate as some social conservatives expressed alarm on Tuesday that Mr. McCain might ask a candidate who favors abortion rights to join him on the ticket.
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
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The Politico:
McCain weighs a Lieberman surprise
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against The One  —  In the dead of night in a small hideaway office in the deserted Capitol, a clandestine meeting takes place between two senators with one goal.  —  They grin at each other as they lift their celebratory shots of brutally cold Stolichnaya.
Discussion: Commentary and Whiskey Fire
Chicago Sun Times:
Keeping it in the family  —  Following the lead of political families like the Strogers and Lipinskis, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones is anointing one of his children to take over for him when he retires in January.  —  Jones, 72, began the process of handing off his Senate seat …
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Ads in Key States Go on Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has started a sustained and hard-hitting advertising campaign against Senator John McCain in states that will be vital this fall, painting Mr. McCain in a series of commercials as disconnected from the economic struggles of the middle class.
Discussion: Guardian, The Jed Report and Don Surber
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
More people get news from web than TV or print  —  Only a quarter of Americans now pick up a newspaper daily - whereas 37 per cent go online for news, according to a study  —  The web is now a more important source of news for most Americans than either newspapers or free-to-air television.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McClellan to Obama: Don't investigate us  —  Scott McClellan advises Obama, in an interview with my colleague Daniel Libit, not to investigate the Bush administration — because it would, McClellan says, damage Obama's image.  (Not that former Bushies have anything at stake in that choice.)
CBN.com:
Obama Campaign to Brody File: Infanticide Suggestion “Offensive and Insulting”  —  As you know, we here at The Brody File pride ourselves on laying out both sides of an argument and letting you, the readers come to your own conclusions.  Hence, let's delve into the aftermath …
Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War  —  THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces' assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us.  But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks …
Discussion: Truthdig
CNN:
Bigfoot claim a fake, ex-enthusiast says  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — The Bigfoot in the freezer is made of rubber, a Web posting asserted Tuesday.  —  The initial promoter of two hikers' claim that they found the body of Bigfoot in Georgia said he has determined that the discovery was a hoax.
Discussion: Hot Air
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
University won't open Obama-related records now  —  WASHINGTON - The University of Illinois on Tuesday refused to release records relating to Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.  —  The university's Chicago campus said the donor …
Discussion: Riehl World View and Hot Air
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Jabari Asim / Mother Jones:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Obama's Audacity in Using the L-word
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Brian Wesbury / Wall Street Journal:
Inflation Is a Clear and Present Danger
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Were there “already” laws protecting premature infants, as Senator …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
McCain's ‘Judeo-Christian values’ reference puzzles
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Fester / Newshoggers.com:
Legalization as a defensive measure
Discussion: Danger Room
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
White House lifts curtain on Bush's Katrina speech, avoids stepping …
Discussion: First Draft
Marc Ambinder:
Obama: What We Know And Don't Know About Timing
Discussion: CBS News