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4:50 PM ET, August 18, 2008


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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.
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.
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Worlds Apart  —  When I was little, I had a recurrent dream that there was a terrible earthquake.  My father, his body a horse with wings, swooped down from the sky, kneeled so I could jump on his back and flew away just as the earth cracked open beneath me.  It was my most comforting dream.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
YOUR WORLD IN CHARTS: THE RICH DEFINE THE RICH.  —  One of the more interesting subthemes of this election has been the elite political class's struggle to sync its understanding of the economy — based around well-educated people who live in New York or DC — with the national income distribution.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIDEN?  —  I just noticed that CNN is saying that Biden's the big buzz for VP down in DC political circles today.  So I'm trying to process what I think of Biden as a potential pick.  —  On the one hand, it's not the most exciting choice.  He doesn't bring a state.  Delaware's going to go Democratic.
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 …
John Drescher / Raleigh News & Observer:
Edwards went for big time  —  Forgive me if I'm straining to believe John Edwards' version of events.  My last conversation with him wasn't a good one.  —  In some ways, that talk reflected the difficult relationship we've had with him since he became a national political figure.
Byron York / The Corner:
The Real John Edwards
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Who Got To Triantafilou?  —  Alex M. Triantafilou, the chairman of the Hamilton Co., Republican Party, wrote on his blog yesterday that McCain would be in Dayton, Ohio on August 29 — the day after the Democratic convention ends — and was looking for a “big” venue. … That was yesterday.
Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain's Ohio Rally Stokes V.P. Speculation
Discussion: Open Left
Alex Triantafilou / Hamilton County GOP:
Phelps, McCain, Anonymous Posts, etc.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Catholic League:
DEMOCRATS MUST NIX OFFENSIVE BLOGGERS  —  Over 120 blogs have been credentialed as members of the media for the Democratic National Convention; those who have received credentials are allowed to cover the Convention at the Pepsi Center.  While most of them offer legitimate commentary, some do not.
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 …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Pew Survey: Viewers of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Score High on News Knowledge
Discussion: The Opinionator
Chris Healy / The Everyday Republican:
More Details on Dodd Deal Show Senator Knew What He Was Getting  —  U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd may have thought he put his problems behind him when he scooted off to Ireland for some August recess, but The Truth is Out There over his two sweetheart loans deals from Countrywide Financial.
Discussion: The Corner
Kevin Rennie / Hartford Courant:   Dodd Deal: Extra Perks On Mortgages
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 …
David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA AS JON LOVITZ?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Channeling Jon Lovitz: Is Obama having a Jon Lovitz-as-Dukakis SNL moment: “I can't believe I'm losing to this guy”?  Well, Obama isn't losing — he still has a small single-digit lead …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Bloomberg Set To Be On Presidential Ballot In Virginia  —  The state of Virginia is, for the first time in many decades, a toss up in the presidential election.  And with its 13 electoral votes and polls showing a tight race, the commonwealth should host a fierce competition between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Amity Shlaes / Washington Post:
Five Ways to Wreck a Recovery  —  Perverse monetary policy was the greatest cause of the Great Depression.  But five non-monetary missteps were important in making the Depression great, and the same missteps damaged the global economy as well.  While many are thinking about the Depression …
Discussion: Angry Bear and
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Despite Pledges, Russia Shows No Signs of Pullout From Georgia
Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ATTACKING JOHN McCAIN....Is John McCain an unrepentant warmonger …
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Discussion: The New Republic
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
More Digging  —  My last post, about McCain's story …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Chicago Cover-up?  —  In the process of tracing down the Obama …
Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Bombing Kills 15, Including AC Leader in Baghdad; Al-Sadr Calls …
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Monthly
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
More on the Cone of Not-So-Silence
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Sullivan Spreads Smear of McCain's POW Record
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘I will win’  —  A confident Barack Obama raised …