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4:00 PM ET, August 24, 2008

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New York Times:
In Obama's Choice, a ‘Very Personal Decision’  —  WASHINGTON — In the beginning, Senator Barack Obama was not entirely sold on Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. And Mr. Biden told friends that he was pessimistic of his chances of becoming Mr. Obama's Democratic running mate.
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CBS News:
McCain: Biden A “Very Wise Selection”  —  Tells Katie Couric Obama's Running Mate “Very Formidable,” Is “A Good Friend And Good Man”  —  (CBS) In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric Saturday at his home in Sedona, Ariz., presumptive GOP nominee John McCain had kind words …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain calls Biden ‘formidable’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CBS News' Katie Couric on Saturday that Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is a “formidable” but “wise” choice for the Democratic ticket.  —  Couric, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” sat down with McCain at his cabin in Sedona …
Matt / Think Progress:
Pawlenty: Obama should have picked Petraeus for VP.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
One place Biden's likely to help Obama is Florida
Discussion: TalkLeft and TigerHawk
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Biden Does No Harm, but May Not Help Much
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Washington Post:
For Senator, Another Comeback
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Nobody's yes man
Rasmussen Reports:
39% Say Biden the Right Choice, Women Less Enthusiastic
Ben / Think Progress:
Halperin: McCain's Houses Gaffe ‘One Of The Worst Moments’ Of The Campaign For...Barack Obama  —  Last week Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told Politico that he did not know how many homes he and his wife Cindy own.  “I'll have my staff get to you,” McCain said.  ThinkProgress noted …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RIDE THAT TIRE SWING!  —  From TPM Reader KB ...  It's like a comic parody of the mentality I described a few days ago.  Don't get in McCain's face because it'll just be so much worse for you if you.  By God, just keep your head down and try to muddle through!  If you're nice maybe he won't hit you.
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Liberal Values
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the Tire Swing  —  Apparently on ABC this morning Mark Halperin …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Too Much of a Bad Thing  —  My mom did not approve of men who cheated on their wives.  She called them “long-tailed rats.”  —  During the 2000 race, she listened to news reports about John McCain confessing to dalliances that caused his first marriage to fall apart after he came back from his stint as a P.O.W. in Vietnam.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Colin Powell in McCain mix  —  Retired Gen. Colin Powell is among the potential running mates who have been considered by John McCain, campaign advisers told Politico.  —  Powell was among the possible vice presidential choices the Arizona Republican senator was thinking of when he said he would not rule …
Washington Post:
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits  —  A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.
news.politicswest.com:
Anti-war protesters marching to Pepsi Center  —  The first major protest at the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, went off peacefully Sunday at noon.  —  Police officers, some on mountain bikes, escorted hundreds of war protesters from the steps of the Capitol down Colfax Avenue …
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
I'm literally intrigued by Joe Biden's speech  —  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's choice for running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, used the word “literally” literally eight times in his speech Saturday afternoon, suggesting we're in for a metaphorical deluge of misuses of …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Greg Pollowitz / Media Blog:
“We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him”  —  Lynn Sweet has a great picture of the stage at the [manger] Pepsi Center in Denver:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pastor to Obama, flock: Don't get ‘cocky’  —  Ken Vogel reports:  —  The reading at the Wisconsin church service Barack Obama attended  —  Sunday morning was Romans 12:1-8, and the pastor summarized its lesson  —  as one of humility.  —  One should not become “cocky” just because one is a good singer or
Discussion: The Swamp
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Finding the Mess Behind the Mess  —  A BURSTING real estate bubble set off the Japanese recession of the 1990s, which deepened as ailing banks languished.  It took Japan's economy more than a decade to resume steady, noticeable growth.  —  Will this happen to the United States?
 
 
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David Harsanyi / David Harsanyi's Blog:
Biden on Haditha  —  In June 2006, straight-talking Joe Biden went …
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