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7:05 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.
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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.
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain, Obama, and the “Cone of Silence”
Discussion: Commentary and Macsmind
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Smears the Left Can Fight For  —  In the least credible and most vicious corner of the internet, liberal bloggers at the Daily Kos are accusing John McCain of plagiarizing from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  The story Solzhenitsyn told was of a prisoner who drew a cross in the dirt in a Soviet Gulag.
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Byron York / The Corner:
Mark Salter: McCain Told Me the “Cross in the Dirt” Story  —  I just got off the phone with Mark Salter, John McCain's closest aide whom some in the blogosphere are suggesting made up, or embellished, or did something to create the “cross in the dirt” story.  Salter told me that he absolutely did not do that.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Cross In The Dirt, Ctd  —  Many readers have noted that versions of this story - attributed to Solzhenitsyn by Chuck Colson - have been a staple of evangelical sermons for a very long time.  They aren't always attributed to Solzhenitsyn, but this sermon, preached by Father Luke Veronis, is a classic of the genre.
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
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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
Drudge Report:
PAPER: OBAMA READY TO ANNOUNCE HIS VP  —  The NYT newsroom was buzzing late Monday afternoon after Obama-beat reporter Jeff Zeleny learned how the Dem hopeful has now finalized his choice for a running-mate.  —  Obama has set an elaborate roll-out to announce his decision that will begin …
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 …
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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.
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Nitya / Political Radar:
McCain's Ohio Rally Stokes V.P. Speculation
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and Open Left
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
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Chicago Cover-up?  —  In the process of tracing down the Obama …
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 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 …
Terence P. Jeffrey / Human Events:
Obama is the Most Pro-Abortion Candidate Ever  —  Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever.  —  He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede …
Discussion: Wizbang and Hot Air
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Don Surber:
Obamabortion  —  In 2001, determining when a baby has rights was not above his pay grade.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Ben / Think Progress:
Gingrich Claims Tire Inflation Lines Big Oil's Pockets  —  Last night on Fox News, host Sean Hannity and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) returned (as they often do) to Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) recent suggestion that Americans inflate their tires properly in order to save energy costs.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Chris / TVNewser:
Dan Bartlett Joins CBS News as Political Analyst
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
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The New Republic:
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Washington remains hobbled by Iraq
Marc Ambinder:
VP Watch: Good Tidings
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Just Words?
Discussion: The G Spot and Corrente
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Dirt In The Cross Story, Ctd
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Five Ways to Wreck a Recovery
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Waldman / beliefnet:
What Obama Achieved at Saddleback
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
ATTACKING JOHN McCAIN....Is John McCain an unrepentant warmonger …
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Pew Survey: Viewers of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Score High on News Knowledge
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
More Digging  —  My last post, about McCain's story …
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FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA AS JON LOVITZ?
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘I will win’  —  A confident Barack Obama raised …
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