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3:30 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 and TIME.com
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama's July fundraising bodes well for fall race
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.
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Andy / Towleroad.com:
Manhunt Chairman Jonathan Crutchley Steps Down from Board
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
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 …
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 …
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
JUDGE NULLIFIES JUROR NULLIFICATION: A very interesting post today by Tim Lynch on Cato @ Liberty on a recent jury trial in a drug case: … To read his analysis go to Juror Becomes Fly in the Ointment.  —  For those with a serious interest in jury nullification, I highly recommend Jury Nullification …
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Michael Ledeen Leaves AEI  —  Neoconservative historian and writer Michael Ledeen has left the American Enterprise Institute, his intellectual base for well over a decade, Mother Jones has learned.  The decision for Ledeen, a veteran of the Iran contra affair, and AEI to part ways …
 
 
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General Wesley Clark / WesPAC:
General Wesley Clark on CNN's Situation Room
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
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Ann Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Data Raise Questions On Role of Speculators
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Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win
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Obama Woos Abortion Foes With Platform Embracing Motherhood
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Robert Kagan / Weekly Standard:
History's Back  —  Ambitious autocracies, hesitant democracies.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: www.redstate.com
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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