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4:00 PM ET, August 16, 2008

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Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama's Massive Headfake: Hillary for VP?  —  The reasons to think Hillary Clinton will not the Democratic VP nominee are myriad.  Among them:  — Clinton's camp says she is not being vetted  — VoteBoth, a Clinton-for-VP project by two former Clinton operatives, has shut down, proclaiming Clinton's VP chances nonexistent
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Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
The Clintons Are Here to Stay
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama nearly doubles McCain haul  —  Barack Obama raised $51 million in July, nearly twice as much as John McCain.  —  McCain revealed Friday that he raised $27 million last month, his best month of the campaign.  —  The summer surge pushed Obama over the $400 million mark for what he's raised …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Raised $51 Million in July  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised $51 million in July, falling short of his one-month record, but raising enough to end the month with $65.8 million in the bank — a formidable number for the middle of the summer.  —  Obama's July fundraising efforts …
Discussion: Don Surber, pandagon.net and TIME.com
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama's July fundraising bodes well for fall race  —  CHICAGO - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised more than $51 million in July and the Democratic National Committee reported $27.7 million in donations last month, putting Obama in a strong position for the fall campaign.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Manhunt backlash  —  The executives of a gay sex site are apparently more concerned about the perception that they're associated with John McCain than McCain is about the association with them.  —  The chairman of the board of Manhunt, the Cambrige-based hook-up site, was forced to resign after reports that he gave $2,300 to McCain.
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Faith and values on center stage with McCain and Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The political spotlight will shine on Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama on Saturday night when the two candidates are expected to face tough questions on personal values, presidential leadership and international affairs.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Candidates make their appeals to evangelicals
Discussion: The Caucus
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Rick Warren Interview: No Compromise With Evil
Washington Post:
Mythmaking in Moscow  —  THE EVENTS of the past week in the small Caucasus republic of Georgia will prompt animated debates about Russia and U.S.-Russian relations.  We view the events as confirmation of the dangerous challenge posed by an authoritarian regime unwilling to recognize the sovereignty of its former imperial possessions.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hot Air and New York Times
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New York Times:
Kremlin Agrees to Framework for Cease-Fire in Georgia
Discussion: TalkLeft
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ More Specific  —  As Senator Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, party leaders in battleground states say the fight ahead against Senator John McCain looks tougher than they imagined, with Mr. Obama vulnerable …
General Wesley Clark / WesPAC:
General Wesley Clark on CNN's Situation Room  —  August 15.  2008  —  Transcript by Reg NYC  —  Tom Foreman: The Soviet Union is long gone, but now there is a Cold War chill between the U.S. and Russia.  With Russian tanks in Georgia and new threats over a U.S. missile shield in Poland things could suddenly get very hot, maybe.
Discussion: TalkLeft and European Tribune
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:   Obama to General Wesley Clark: Your Services Not Needed
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Old legal feuds divided, linked McCain and ex-wife  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An old lawsuit on record at the city courthouse reveals a moment of friction between John McCain's mother and his ex-wife.  Years later, McCain and his former wife presented a united front in a lawsuit of their own.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama campaign soliciting ‘soft money’ for convention  —  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has decried the practice and vowed to reform convention funding, but the Denver Host Committee was facing a budget shortfall.  —  WASHINGTON — Facing a large deficit …
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
GOP Hack Tries To Attack Obama, But Slams McCain Instead  —  GOP strategist John Feehery attacks Barack Obama for proposing a UN Security Council resolution to deal with the crisis in Georgia...but John McCain has the exact same position.  —  It provided for a funny moment on Hardball — but only if you knew the facts.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Drill, or Not to Drill  —  Will McCain change his mind about Alaskan oil?  —  Pontiac, Michigan  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain says that he's taking another look at the possibility of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska …
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win  —  It used to be that political campaigns would be satisfied if they managed to settle on an eye-catching font for their T-shirts and trucker caps.  The merchandise wasn't so much designed as it was stamped out like a pile of red, white and blue bunting.
 
 
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