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11:10 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy'  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf and Jennifer Parker report: As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was leaving his house in Wilmington this afternoon, he slowed down and said to the gathered news reporters outside his home: “Hey guys, I'm not the guy.  See ya.”
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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Biden the clear frontrunner for Veep  —  Foreign Relations Committee chairman has globe-trotting credentials  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - I've recently spoken with two of the finalists for the role of Barack Obama's running-mate, and to two other sources who are close to the process.
TheFounder / Tribble Ad Agency:
Barack Obama chooses Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President  —  We have a credible lead that Barack Obama will be announcing Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President / VP.  —  Our sources work within an ad agency that is hired by the Obama campaign, and have noted that the vast majority …
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Nader predicts Obama to pick Clinton  —  Count Ralph Nader as unimpressed by the crop of supposed finalists to be Barack Obama's running mate.  —  “I don't think he's that dumb,” said Nader, commenting on widespread speculation that Obama's choices are down to Sens. Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.
Discussion: The Corner and Hot Air
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BIDEN: 'I'M NOT THE GUY'  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli  —  As Delaware Sen. Joe Biden left his home a few minutes ago, golf clubs in tow, he was asked where he was going to be on Saturday.  —  Biden replied, “Here” and pointed down to his driveway.  —  As he pulled out of the driveway …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Biden: “I'm Not The Guy”
Bill Carter / TV Decoder:
Rachel Maddow to Replace Dan Abrams on MSNBC  —  Rachel Maddow, shown filling in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown” last month.  Ms. Maddow will host the 9 p.m. hour beginning Sept. 8.  (Ress Greenberg/ New York Times)  —  Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election …
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Keith Olbermann / Daily Kos:
Rachel Gets Her Own MSNBC Show  —  Happy Now?  —  The network will be formally announcing this tomorrow, but I am pleased to inform you in this fully authorized leak, that as of Monday, September 8, our mutual friend Ms. Maddow will become host of her own show, on MSNBC, at 9 PM Eastern Time.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama's image suffers amid John McCain attacks, poll finds  —  People watch as Sen. Obama arrives at the Sheraton hotel today in Raleigh North Carolina.  McCain and his allies have portrayed Obama in recent weeks as a naive celebrity who is unprepared to lead the nation in dangerous times.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN poll of polls: Obama lead cut in half  —  (CNN) — In what could be an ominous sign for Barack Obama just days before he is formally named the Democratic presidential nominee, a new CNN poll of polls out Tuesday shows the Illinois senator's lead over John McCain has been cut in half in recent days.
David Gergen / CNN:
Is the tide turning?  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  Heading into the candidates' appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain — one the young, eloquent …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama at 45%, McCain at 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has 45% of the support of registered voters and John McCain 44% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking for Aug. 16-18, as vice presidential announcements and the two conventions loom in the near future.
The Politico:
McCain weighs a Lieberman surprise  —  John McCain is seriously considering choosing a pro-abortion-rights running mate despite vocal resistance from conservatives, with former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) very much in the mix, close McCain advisers say.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Solzhenitsyn Biographer: Cross-In-Dirt Gulag Story Never Happened  —  There's been a ton of buzz on the web for the last day or so — beginning with this Daily Kos diary — suggesting that John McCain patterned his story about a Vietamese captor drawing a cross in the dirt before him on a similar episode …
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Byron York / The Corner:
More Cross-In-The-Dirt News  —  There appears to be a growing consensus in the pro-Obama blogosphere that John McCain didn't steal the cross-in-the-dirt story from Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  Instead, he stole it from Charles Colson's 1983 book, Loving God.  So a few minutes ago I asked Mark Salter …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
University won't open Obama-related records now  —  WASHINGTON - The University of Illinois on Tuesday refused to release records relating to Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.  —  The university's Chicago campus said the donor …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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Marc Ambinder:
Your VP, Senator.  What Will “He” Be Like?  —  Sen. Barack Obama usually describes his vice presidential nominee with two pronouns joined by a conjunction... “he or she.”  Tonight, in North Carolina, according to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, Obama was gender specific.
Discussion: Undiplomatic and DemConWatch
CBN.com:
Obama Campaign to Brody File: Infanticide Suggestion “Offensive and Insulting”  —  As you know, we here at The Brody File pride ourselves on laying out both sides of an argument and letting you, the readers come to your own conclusions.  Hence, let's delve into the aftermath …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama's pro-life critic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Does Bush Believe McCain Was Tortured?  —  In all the discussion of John McCain's recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing.  The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts.  It involved sleep deprivation …
Discussion: Lean Left and Undiplomatic
Peter S. Canellos / Boston Globe:
McCain's ‘Judeo-Christian values’ reference puzzles  —  WASHINGTON - On a frozen winter evening at a Town Hall meeting in a school in the Manchester, N.H., suburbs, John McCain expressed surprise and irritation with an intelligence report downplaying the threat of Iran's nuclear program.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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It's Rudy  —  So many e-mailers this morning are predicting …