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6:45 PM ET, August 16, 2008

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Burt Hubbard / Rocky Mountain News:
Colorado turns purple in polls  —  Electorate's great divide is by age and geography  —  A political battle for the ages may become a battle of the ages.  —  Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are neck-and-neck in Colorado, solidifying the state as a key …
Discussion: The New Republic and TalkLeft
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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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Candidates make their appeals to evangelicals
Discussion: The Caucus
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Rick Warren Interview: No Compromise With Evil
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
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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 …
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
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Obama to General Wesley Clark: Your Services Not Needed  —  (General Wesley Clark speaking at Yearly Kos Convention in Chicago, 2007)  —  General Wesley Clark is not attending the Democratic National Convention.  —  He was informed by Barack Obama's people that there was “no reason to come.”
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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
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 …
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.
The Politico:
Rep.: Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC  —  Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she's happy for the chance to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention—and she predicts that as many as half of the Democrats in the House could join her.
Washington Post:
U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules  —  More Federal Intelligence Changes Planned  —  The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.
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 …
 
 
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Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Ticket give-away creates suspicion
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Heckuva Job Bushie
Discussion: The Sideshow
David Remnick / New Yorker:
BOUNDARY ISSUES
Ann Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Data Raise Questions On Role of Speculators
Discussion: naked capitalism and The Swamp
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
GOP Hack Tries To Attack Obama, But Slams McCain Instead
New York Times:
Kremlin Agrees to Framework for Cease-Fire in Georgia
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Michael Ledeen Leaves AEI
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Drill, or Not to Drill  —  Will McCain change his mind about Alaskan oil?
Harvey Mansfield / Weekly Standard:
Man of Courage
Democratic National Committee:
Democratic Leaders
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Old legal feuds divided, linked McCain and ex-wife
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser
Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Kagan / Weekly Standard:
History's Back  —  Ambitious autocracies, hesitant democracies.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Candidates Face Three Critical Weeks