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12:40 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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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 …
Discussion: Wake up America and Commentary
Mark Finkelstein /
Mitchell Also Circulated Obama's Conspiracy Theory Over Cancelled Troop Visit
Discussion: and Blogs of War
Byron York / National Review:
How McCain Won Saddleback
Associated Press:
No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
Discussion: CNN and 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.
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Pervez Musharraf resigns as Pakistani President
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Musharraf says he will resign Pakistan presidency
Discussion: Moue Magazine
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 …
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:   78 days - Jason Furman, Trude B. Feldman birthdays - Hotline's ‘Last Call’ is 10
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, QandO and Hot Air
David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member …
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Power Line and NO QUARTER
Breaking news: Obama campaign changes story, admits he misrepresented …
Discussion: Nice Deb
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Story With a Few Holes  —  Portrait of Helen Thomas Obscures Flaws  —  “Thank You, Mr. President,” an engaging HBO documentary about the career of journalist Helen Thomas, is a fine little film as far as it goes.  It goes only as far as 38 minutes, actually — quite short for a biographical project.
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: The Corner
Pelosi and Pickens, investment partners  —  It is difficult to imagine a more unlikely pair of investors than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens.  Pelosi, the San Francisco Democrat, is among the most liberal and pro-environmentalist politicians in Congress …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama reaps big bucks at S.F. fundraisers
Discussion: Hot Air and Lynn Sweet
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Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Remain Tied
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain on Iraq war: ‘I intend to win it’
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain reopens the national security gap
Discussion: Commentary
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
In Rural New York, Windmills Can Bring Whiff of Corruption
Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Va. DNA Project Is In Uncharted Territory
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain cites questionable story on ‘evil’
Minnesota Public Radio:
Attending RNC may be difficult for embattled candidates
USA Today:
McCain OK with aide's lobbying past
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Hindsight isn't 20-20  —  IT WASN'T so long ago that erstwhile …
Discussion: and The Corner
Wall Street Journal:
Obama on Clarence Thomas
Discussion: Law Blog and Right Wing News
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Bob Barr, the Master of a Curious Universe