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1:15 PM ET, August 18, 2008

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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn't in a ‘Cone of Silence’  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Senator John McCain was not in a “cone of silence” on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.  —  Members of the McCain campaign staff …
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William Kristol / New York Times:
Showdown at Saddleback  —  While normal people were out having fun Saturday night, I was home in front of the TV.  But I wasn't enjoying the Olympics.  Your diligent columnist was dutifully watching Barack Obama and John McCain answer the Rev. Rick Warren's questions at Saddleback Church.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain protests NBC coverage  —  McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis asked Sunday for a meeting with Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the Presidential race.”
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
McCain's New Hope  —  The Candidate Shines at Saddleback Forum  —  It is now clear why Barack Obama has refused John McCain's offer of joint town hall appearances during the fall campaign.  McCain is obviously better at them.  —  Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency …
Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:
Rick Warren to God-o-Meter: Obama, Dems Can't Just Talk Faith  —  In an interview with God-o-Meter on the day after his Saddleback Civil Forum with John McCain and Barack Obama, Rev. Rick Warren sounded pretty dubious about Barack Obama's and the Democrats' chances of making inroads among evangelicals.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Analysis: Is McCain finding his way on faith?
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
More on the Cone of Not-So-Silence
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
Byron York / National Review:
How McCain Won Saddleback
Associated Press:
No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
Discussion: MSNBC
The Politico:
Obama likely to announce VP this week  —  Senator Barack Obama is expected to choose his running mate this week in a key decision about the direction and narrative of his bid for the White House.  —  A person familiar with the campaign's planning noted that Obama's schedule at the end of this week is open …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama VP buzz squarely on Biden  —  (CNN) - When Joe Biden returns to Capitol Hill Monday from his two-day trip to embattled Georgia, vice presidential speculation will rest squarely on him.  —  The longtime Delaware senator and former presidential candidate has long been considered …
Discussion: Wonkette and Donklephant
Financial Times:
Guessing grows over US running mates
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Open Left
John M. Broder / New York Times:
As Running Mate, Biden Offers Foreign Policy Heft but an Insider Image
Discussion: MSNBC
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Announces His Resignation  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Under pressure over impending impeachment charges, President Pervez Musharraf announced he would resign Monday, ending nearly nine years as the head of one of the United States' most important allies in the campaign against terrorism.
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Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Pervez Musharraf resigns as Pakistani President
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
CNN:   Musharraf says he will resign Pakistan presidency
Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Obama Facing Attacks From All Sides Over Abortion Record  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to his abortion record in Illinois, Senator Obama is taking flak from all sides.  —  First, Senator Clinton accused him of lacking political backbone in voting “present” on a bill that …
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David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member of the Illinois senate to speak against a bill that would have recognized premature abortion survivors as “persons.”  The bill was in response to a Chicago-area hospital that was leaving such babies to die.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘I will win’  —  A confident Barack Obama raised an extraordinary $7.8 million Sunday at three California fundraisers, most if it in large checks to a Democratic Party committee.  —  “I will win.  Don't worry about that,” he said to the crowd of about 1,300 at his third event of the evening, according to the pool report.
Ben / Think Progress:
Colbert, Stewart viewers more well-informed than those watching O'Reilly, Dobbs.  —  A new Pew Survey on News Consumption released yesterday reveals that viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are more knowledgeable about current events than those who watch Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's the Economy Stupor  —  By rights, John McCain should be getting hammered on economics.  —  After all, Mr. McCain proposes continuing the policies of a president who's had a truly dismal economic record — job growth under the current administration has been the slowest in 60 years …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton's rich friend Lady de Rothschild ambushes Barack Obama  —  Diehard Hillary fans plan to protest at the party's crowning of Obama - and may even vote for John McCain  —  At the Democratic national convention next week, Lynn Forester, Lady de Rothschild, one of Britain's …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’  —  British attitudes towards the United States are governed by ignorance of the facts on key issues such as crime, health care and foreign policy, according to a new survey.  —  A poll of nearly 2,000 Britons by YouGov/PHI found that 70 per cent …
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Sullivan Spreads Smear of McCain's POW Record  —  It's not surprising that Andrew Sullivan is a bit touchy about the fact that John McCain outperformed Barack Obama on Saturday, but he reaches a new low by approvingly linking to a post on DailyKos accusing McCain of fabricating his story …
 
 
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Real Veepstakes  —  Like everyone else in DC …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Chicago Cover-up?  —  In the process of tracing down the Obama …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Et Tu, Wall Street Journal?
Discussion: The RBC
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bombing Kills 15, Including AC Leader in Baghdad; Al-Sadr Calls …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Reuters
New York Times:
Perils of an Israeli Transition
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Who Was The First Truly Christian President?
John Drescher / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards went for big time
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Minnesota Public Radio:
Attending RNC may be difficult for embattled candidates
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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Discussion: www.redstate.com
USA Today:
McCain OK with aide's lobbying past
Discussion: Guardian and The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Obama on Clarence Thomas
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Bob Barr, the Master of a Curious Universe