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8:00 AM ET, August 19, 2008


 Top Items: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: McCain to name VP on Aug. 29  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday on Aug. 29 by naming his running mate at a huge rally in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican sources said.  —  That's a week from this Friday, and the day after Sen. Barack Obama …
New York Times:
Obama Appears Ready to Announce His Running Mate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has all but finalized his choice for a running mate and set an elaborate roll-out plan for his decision, beginning with an early morning alert to supporters, perhaps as soon as Wednesday …
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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:
I Honestly Can't Believe I'm Reading This  —  Regardless of what any one American's politics or personal election preference might be, is it lost on people what they are reading if they click into Andrew Sullivan's blog from Memeorandum? … What is quite well known beyond ANY shadow …
Discussion: The Corner
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.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Increasingly Bizarre- Michael Goldfarb's +7 Rapier of Jackassery  —  I really don't care to spend the next few weeks arguing whether or not McCain is lying about his Christ/Cross/guard moment and will let others chase after things that can not be proven one way or another …
Discussion: Alas, a blog, TBogg and First Draft
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Cross In The Dirt, Ctd
Justin Higgins / Shots on the House:
Breaking: Bayh to Be Obama's VP?  Probably a Hoax  —  Update: The longer this story sits without confirmation or updates from CNN, the more it appears that the answer to “Could it be a hoax?” is a solid YES.  —  Could it be a hoax?  Could CNN have dropped the story from their website …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Georgia Senate  —  Georgia Senate: Chambliss Leads Martin by Six  —  Jim Martin, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate after defeating Vernon Jones in a run-off primary election earlier this month, is now trailing incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss by just six percentage points.
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Swing State Project
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Illinois Presidential Election
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Camp: Ralph Reed Uninvited to McCain's Fundraiser  —  ABC News' Ron Claiborne reports: The Obama campaign is continuing to hammer Republican Sen. John McCain for former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed's involvement in a McCain fundraising event in Atlanta.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
McCain nets $1.75 million at Reed-linked event
Discussion: Political Machine
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown Special Comment to McCain: Senator, grow up!  —  Keith Olbermann takes on John McCain and his campaign managers with another powerful Special Comment on Monday's Countdown.  McCain has consistently voted against our troops, but he and his campaign continue to spread lies and distortions …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Russ Verney / Campaign Updates:
The Ruling  —  This past Friday, I wrote to you regarding our attempt to be included in the Saturday event held at Saddleback Church featuring both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.  —  Barack Obama received one full hour during his interview.  —  The same for John McCain.
Roseanne rips Jolie, Pitt, Voight over politics  —  Comedienne blasts actors for failure to get behind Obama for president  —  LOS ANGELES - Roseanne Barr is using her personal Web site to slam Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jolie's father, Jon Voight.  —  Calling Jolie Voight's “evil spawn” …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Party You Can Afford  —  Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam's Grand New Party contemplates a future GOP coalition anchored around the working class.  In the past, I've been a bit skeptical of this idea.  But with #dontgo, Drill Now, and the current economic situation, I'm starting …
Discussion: alicublog and The American Scene
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?  —  The problem of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away.  Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb …
James S. Robbins / The Corner:
Mapping the Election  —  A handy feature on the web site is a one-click comparison of the current electoral map projections with those on the same date four years ago.  Today's map shows Obama with a projected 275 votes to McCain's 250, with 13 up for grabs.
Discussion: and TigerHawk
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of McCain  —  On Tuesdays, Senate Republicans hold a weekly policy lunch.  The party leaders often hand out a Message of the Week that the senators are supposed to repeat at every opportunity.  Sometimes there will be a pollster offering data that supposedly demonstrates …
Discussion: Commentary
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Destination Malabo  —  A group of mercenaries' failed attempt …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Corner
McCain planning big rally in Ohio day after Dem convention
Matthew Miller / DSCC:
New Oklahoma Poll Shows Rice Closing Gap With Inhofe
Shamus Toomey / Chicago Sun Times:
Wedding thrashers  —  The wedding was on a Michigan beach …
Discussion: Media Blog
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Libby Quaid / Associated Press:
Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Michelle Knoll / KAAL-TV:
Coleman's lead on Franken shrinking
Discussion: Daily Kos
City Journal:
Childhood's End  —  Britain, land of bleak houses and low expectations
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
Ben / Think Progress:
Gingrich Claims Tire Inflation Lines Big Oil's Pockets