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8:20 AM ET, July 29, 2008


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The Politico:
Kaine ‘very, very high’ on VP shortlist  —  As Senator Barack Obama turns to the choice of his running mate, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has emerged as one of the campaign's potential finalists, sources familiar with conversations in Richmond and in Chicago said.
Washington Post:
Kaine in ‘Serious’ Talks With Obama  —  Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates that he has had “very serious” conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Obama-Clinton Ticket Is Seen as Unlikely  —  WASHINGTON — When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton abandoned her bid for the presidency and endorsed Senator Barack Obama in June, she made clear that she was interested in becoming his running mate, and Mr. Obama and his associates signaled respectfully that she would get full consideration.
Adam Nagourney / International Herald Tribune:
Why is Obama not improving in the polls?
The New Republic:
Is Anything Sacred?  —  Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv was lambasted for printing the note that Obama placed in the Western Wall, allegedly stolen by a Yeshiva student.  “Notes which are placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker; Heaven forbid that one should read them or use them in any way …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid plan splits Dems  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration.  —  Reid's proposal was meant to insulate Senate Democratic candidates from public anger over gas prices.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Canceled Obama Visit, and the Story Behind It  —  WASHINGTON — For four days, Senator John McCain has sought to keep alive a story about how Senator Barack Obama called off a visit to American troops recuperating from war wounds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Praises Pakistan Just Hours After U.S. Strike  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday praised Pakistan's commitment to fighting extremists along its deteriorating border with Afghanistan, only hours after an American missile strike destroyed what American and Pakistani officials described …
Discussion: The Agonist and Truthdig
Al Qaeda chemist likely target of U.S. missile strike
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Transcript: ‘Response ... will be a positive one’  —  Ahmadinejad welcomes ‘new behavior’ from United States, if sincere … WILLIAMS: Mr. President, I know you wanted to begin with a statement.  —  AHMADINEJAD: In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful, a prayer for the emergence of the 12th imam.
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Supremely Screwed Up  —  A do-over for the High Court?  —  The Supreme Court ended its term this year by making a mistake in one of its most controversial cases—the case in which it held unconstitutional a Louisiana law authorizing capital punishment for the rape of a child under 12 years of age.
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
The Price of RomneyCare  —  Gearing up for 2009, liberals are eager to claim Massachusetts as a Valhalla of health reform.  Their enthusiasm is apparently evidence-proof.  —  Even Mitt Romney, who should know better, took to these pages recently to proclaim, “Health-care reform is working in Massachusetts.”
Discussion: The Corner
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bradley says No to Obama VP.  What about Clinton?  Not her.  Him!  —  Just in case you're keeping score, yet another Democratic politician has said he would decline to be the vice presidential running mate of Sen. Barack Obama.  —  This one was a surprise too because, to be honest …
Discussion: Hot Air
Richard Cohen / Real Clear Politics:
Known Unknowns About Obama  —  “Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat.  He paused and then said that he admired Obama's speech to the Democratic convention in 2004.  I agreed.  It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.
Discussion: Commentary
RJ Eskow / The Huffington Post:
Monster: Who Really Killed the Knoxville Unitarians?  —  I'd say that Unitarians were God's thoughtful people, but they make no particular claims about God.  In some parts of the country that takes real courage.  —  My first wife and I joined a Unitarian church in suburban DC and raised our kids there.
American Prospect:
How Important Was the Surge?  —  Ten Iraq experts weigh in on the effectiveness of the surge.  —  The past few weeks have been momentous for the national conversation about Iraq.  Nouri al-Maliki's explicitly stated insistence on a timetable for American withdrawal was transformative.
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Gaza smuggling tunnels are for milk, say Palestinians  —  Palestinian officials from the Gaza Strip have distributed a set of carefully-staged photographs they say are evidence that the smuggling tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border are for milk and other essential goods, not weapons.
Discussion: Power Line and Ace of Spades HQ
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Cesar Conda / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Centrist Economic Team
Discussion: American Spectator
Jed / The Jed Report:
Andrea Mitchell: McCain attack ad “literally is not true”
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Merrill's $5.7B Write-Down, $8.5B Share Issuance
Lyndsey Layton / MSNBC:
Lawmakers to ban toxins in kids' products
Gareth Porter / IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS: Bush Forced al-Maliki to Back Down on Pullout in 2006
Greg Palast:
Obama Doesn't Sweat. He should.
Discussion: The Sideshow and Wampum
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
Goodling to Interviewee: What Is It About GWB That Makes You Want to Serve Him?
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
On Obama's Message  —  Pundits have criticized the McCain campaign …
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Pawlenty to campaign in Iowa Saturday
Rasmussen Reports:
Huckabee, Lieberman Have Highest Favorables among Possible McCain Veep Choices
Discussion: The Jed Report
Robert M. McDowell / Washington Post:
Who Should Solve This Internet Crisis?
Wall Street Journal:
The Greatest Scandal  —  The profound failure of inner-city …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
O'Reilly calls McClellan a “liar”
Bob Fowler / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Accused church shooter threatened to kill wife, himself
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
McCain has spot removed, awaits biopsy