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10:30 AM 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 …
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.”
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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
McCain's New Hope  —  The Candidate Shines at Saddleback Forum
Discussion: Political Punch
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Saddleback: McCain Wins, Obama Camp Whines
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
78 days - Jason Furman, Trude B. Feldman birthdays - Hotline's ‘Last Call’ is 10  —  Good Monday morning.  Playbook congratulates Obama economic adviser Jason FURMAN on his 152nd consecutive quarter of growth - though his SAAR (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) slowed to an anemic 2.7 percent expansion.
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.
Musharraf says he will resign Pakistan presidency
Kamran Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan's Musharraf announces resignation
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Reuters
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 …
Breaking news: Obama campaign changes story, admits he misrepresented Born Alive vote  —  From the New York Sun, dated August 18: … Bearing in mind the Obama campaign now admits he voted as state senator against the very same legislation passed overwhelmingly on the federal level to stop infanticide …
David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member …
Discussion: Power Line
Rickrocket / Daily Kos:
“Cross in the Dirt” story stolen from Solzhenitsyn (updated X3)  —  I was watching the forum last night and decided that since I hadn't eaten yet, I would try to listen to John McCain speak.  I was doing OK with the “my friends” and the evil chuckle when I heard him talk about his POW story of the cross in the dirt.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Jed Report
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 …
USA Today:
McCain OK with aide's lobbying past  —  ORLANDO — John McCain told USA TODAY on Sunday that he has no problem with his top foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann's past lobbying work.  —  The fighting between Russia and Georgia has brought renewed attention to Scheunemann and the lobbying firm …
Minnesota Public Radio:
Attending RNC may be difficult for embattled candidates  —  St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says he'll be active and involved during next month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul.  —  Coleman said his exact schedule, including a convention speaking slot, have not been decided.
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 …
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.
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Bob Barr, the Master of a Curious Universe  —  “I still plan someday to do a book on Bob Barr's laws of the universe,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate for president.  —  The rules of Bob Barr's universe are many and fascinating.  Several have to do with his libertarian principles …
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Russians Melded Old-School Blitz With Modern Military Tactics  —  WASHINGTON — Russia's victorious military blitz into the former Soviet republic of Georgia brought something old and something new — but none of it was impromptu, despite appearances that a long-frozen conflict had suddenly turned hot.
Discussion: QandO and Lawyers, Guns and Money
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Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Hindsight isn't 20-20  —  IT WASN'T so long ago that erstwhile …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain pulls even in Ohio
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Obama's Edge in the Coverage Race
Discussion: Corrente
Wall Street Journal:
Obama on Clarence Thomas
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Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Iranian claims of jet range dismissed
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China confiscates Bibles from American Christians
Discussion: Hog On Ice
New York Times:
U.S. Watched as a Squabble Turned Into a Showdown
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
For Convention, Obama's Image Is All-American