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5:55 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.
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.
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.
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.
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain, Obama, and the “Cone of Silence”
Discussion: Commentary and Macsmind
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
McSweeney's:   Feature: “Fragments From ‘Edwards!  The Musical’” by Ben Greenman (8/18/08)
Byron York / The Corner:
The Real John Edwards
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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 and
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.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Pew Survey: Viewers of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Score High on News Knowledge  —  NEW YORK The results of the new Pew Survey on News Consumption (taken every two years and released this afternoon) suggest that viewers of the “fake news” programs “The Daily Show"and “The Colbert Report” …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Chicago Annenberg Challenge - The Fog Thickens  —  Barack Obama and unrepentant Weatherman Bill Ayers worked together on public school reform in Chicago for several years through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, co-founded by Bill Ayers and originally chaired by Barack Obama.
Discussion: Cold Fury and Lonewacko
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Chicago Cover-up?  —  In the process of tracing down the Obama …
Byron York / The Corner:
Fellow POW: I Remember McCain Telling the “Cross in the Dirt” Story  —  You've probably seen that there are some out there in the blogosphere questioning the authenticity of John McCain's “cross in the dirt” story, which McCain told Saturday night at the Saddleback Summit.
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain: Obama Wants To Lose In Iraq Because Of His “Ambition”  —  John McCain is ratcheting up his attacks on Obama over Iraq in a speech this morning, declaring flatly that Obama wants the U.S. to fail in Iraq because of “ambition.”  —  In the speech, which is going on now …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Outspending Obama By Hundreds Of Thousands In Many Core Battleground States  —  The McCain campaign has outspent the Obama camp by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and in some cases by as much as a million dollars or more, in virtually all of the nearly dozen battleground states …
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dirt In The Cross Story, Ctd  —  So far, I've been unable to find any reference to McCain's story about a Vietnamese guard drawing the sign of the cross in the dirt before 1999 when the anecdote appears in Mark Salter's book, co-written with McCain, “Faith Of My Fathers.”  The first Nexis story dates only to 2000.
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 …
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Riding The Surge Like He Stole It
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Cross In The Dirt, Ctd
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
VP Watch: Good Tidings
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
So Much For Nuance  —  Of Obama's abortion remarks this weekend, I wrote:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Just Words?
Discussion: The G Spot and Corrente
Eric Alterman / The Nation:
Today in The Nation: The Politics of Presumptuousness
Steve Waldman / beliefnet:
What Obama Achieved at Saddleback
Ben / Think Progress:
Gingrich Claims Tire Inflation Lines Big Oil's Pockets
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Chris Healy / The Everyday Republican:
More Details on Dodd Deal Show Senator Knew What He Was Getting
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ATTACKING JOHN McCAIN....Is John McCain an unrepentant warmonger …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Megan McArdle:
Faith without (public) works is an empty vessel . . .
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Nuclear Ambitions: Amateur Scientists Get a Reaction From Fusion
Discussion: The New Republic
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
More Digging  —  My last post, about McCain's story …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘I will win’  —  A confident Barack Obama raised …
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton's rich friend Lady de Rothschild ambushes Barack Obama