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9:25 AM ET, July 29, 2008

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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.
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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.
Marc Ambinder:
Sebelius, Kaine, Bayh, Biden  —  The following three Democrats are being vetted by Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy and there is independent evidence that Obama is taking a serious look at them:  —  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Tim Kaine, Sen. Evan Bayh.  —  Additionally, allies …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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
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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.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama the Unknown  —  “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.
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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
McCain gains on Obama in poll  —  WASHINGTON — Republican John McCain gained ground in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll that found Democrat Barack Obama's highly publicized foreign trip has not broadened confidence in his ability to be commander of the U.S. military.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Pelosi: 'I'm trying to save the planet'  —  Just call her Nancy the Navigator.  —  “I have always loved longitude,” Nancy Pelosi says before breaking into laughter.  “I love latitude; it's in the stars.  But longitude, it's about time. ...  Time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.”
Discussion: Don Surber and The Strata-Sphere
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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Machine
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Check Point: A Canceled Obama Visit, and the Story Behind It  —  John McCain has sought to keep alive a story about Barack Obama calling off a visit to troops recuperating from wounds in Germany.
Michael J. Boskin / Wall Street Journal:
Obamanomics Is a Recipe for Recession  —  What if I told you that a prominent global political figure in recent months has proposed: abrogating key features of his government's contracts with energy companies; unilaterally renegotiating his country's international economic treaties …
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.
 
 
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Discussion: www.redstate.com
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