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10:40 AM ET, July 29, 2008

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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
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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.
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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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.”
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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Cesar Conda / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Centrist Economic Team
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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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.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP ready to link Obama to Reid, Pelosi
Discussion: TIME.com and Ace of Spades HQ
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: Odds of winning are very good  —  ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) - Barack Obama told donors at a Monday night fundraiser just across the Potomac River from Washington that “the odds of us winning are very good.”  —  Obama was reflecting on how far the campaign had come since its early days when …
Discussion: TIME.com and Real Clear Politics
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Biggest Issue  —  Why did the United States become the leading economic power of the 20th century?  The best short answer is that a ferocious belief that people have the power to transform their own lives gave Americans an unparalleled commitment to education, hard work and economic freedom.
Wall Street Journal:
Perle Linked to Kurdish Oil Plan  —  Iraq War Advocate Denies Taking Part In a Consortium  —  Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents outlining possible deals.
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.”
The Politico:
The campaign is all about Obama  —  If you made a movie about the general election campaign so far, John McCain would be a supporting actor.  —  Despite vulnerabilities that have kept the race closer in polls than most analysts expected - and McCain even jumped to a four-point lead among likely voters …
Discussion: RADAMISTO
 
 
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Associated Press:
L.A. council poised to ban fast food in poor neighborhood
Discussion: QandO
Max Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Toby Keith's Pro-Lynching Publicity Tour Hits Colbert, CBS, And More!
Discussion: Think Progress and ajhs.org
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Let's give “Blue Dogs” the boot
Randeep Ramesh / Guardian:
Kashmir gun battle violates ceasefire
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
William Glaberson / New York Times:
A U.S. Trial by Its Looks, but Only So
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Cogitamus
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush approves soldier's execution
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Los Angeles Times:
GOP suffering from a lack of (ballot) initiative
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Robert Novak In Hospital for A Brain Tumor
 Earlier Items: 
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
Supremely Screwed Up  —  A do-over for the High Court?
Discussion: Power Line
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Merrill's $5.7B Write-Down, $8.5B Share Issuance
Greg Palast:
Obama Doesn't Sweat. He should.
Discussion: Wampum and The Sideshow
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
On Obama's Message  —  Pundits have criticized the McCain campaign …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Praises Pakistan Just Hours After U.S. Strike
Discussion: The Agonist and Truthdig
johnny dollar's place:
‘I Hope He Lingers and Goes Slow and Hard!’
Eran Azran / Haaretz:
Lawyer seeks police probe into removal, publication of note …