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7:05 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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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.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama gives a shout out to his VP?
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BIDEN: 'I'M NOT THE GUY'  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy'
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Biden '88 as McCain '08  —  A classic Joe Biden ad from 1988 …
Discussion: The Swamp
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Do Voters Like Joe Biden?
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 …
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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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
VP Alert  —  NR has learned that the McCain campaign has been calling key state GOP officials around the country the last couple of days and sounding them out about the consequences of a pro-choice VP pick.  The campaign is asking about the reaction of conservative grass-roots activists …
Fox News:
RNC: McCain Won't Choose Abortion-Supporting Running Mate  —  As speculation grows around who John McCain will select as his vice presidential running mate next week, Republican National Committee officials said Tuesday that McCain is no longer considering former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Tom Ridge Ruse: CEO Meg Whitman as Veep?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Corner
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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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Experience a key John McCain advantage in new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama (and VP pick?) to start in Illinois
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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 …
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 …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN'S CHOICE....David Brooks writes today that John McCain tried to run an honorable campaign, but it just didn't work: … The problem?  Too many bloggers.  A bored press.  A stuffy conservative establishment.  McCain tried to take on the system, and the system won.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Inverted optics: DNCC wraps Obama in upside-down flag; A familiar look?  —  Maybe the DNCC has kept track of the polling this summer and figures the Democratic nominee is officially in distress.  That's the only explanation for a silly gaffe by the convention committee for the graphics …
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 …
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rice warns Moscow about its bomber runs off Alaska  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Monday ruled out accelerating Georgia's admission to NATO in response to the Russian invasion.  But she warned Moscow that it is playing “a very dangerous game” …
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Kenneth F / CNN:
Gore to speak at convention Thursday  —  (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore has accepted a speaking role on the final night of the Democratic convention, appearing on the same stage that Barack Obama will officially receive the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, three sources tell CNN.
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CNN:
Gore to speak on Democratic convention's final night
Discussion: TIME.com
New York Times:
Taliban Forces Kill 10 French Soldiers and Raid U.S. Base  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents mounted their most serious attacks in six years of fighting, one a complex attack with multiple suicide bombers on an American military base on Monday night, and another by some 100 insurgents …
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It's Rudy  —  So many e-mailers this morning are predicting that the McCain trial balloon is really about Giuliani.  I'm not there, but here's one: … The McCain campaign has already hired a Giuliani staffer as the unnamed veep's communications director...
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain another George W. Bush?  —  Editor's Note: Jack Cafferty is the author of the best-seller “It's Getting Ugly Out There: The Frauds, Bunglers, Liars, and Losers Who Are Hurting America.”  He provides commentary on CNN's “The Situation Room” daily from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. You can also visit Jack's Cafferty File blog.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Hysteria-Based Foreign Policy  —  Matt Welch has an excellent little reason article putting John McCain's heated Georgia rhetoric in the context of McCain's larger record of overreacting to every international event.  He wasn't just worried by North Korea's nuclear program in 1994 …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STARTING GATE  —  There's been a lot of chatter about the state …
Discussion: American Spectator
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Patriotism And The Surge  —  Yesterday, John McCain said:
Think Progress:
Only In America: Son Of Undocumented Immigrant Brings Home The Gold
Washington Wire:
Obama Catches a Cold
Discussion: TIME.com
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Veterans Solidly Back McCain
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
University won't open Obama-related records now
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Lieberman aides collecting info on their man
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor passed over for speaking role at Democratic convention
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Does Bush Believe McCain Was Tortured?
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Chain wrapped around 'old man's body' found in mosque
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Once Upon a Time  —  I was watching the old pre-9/11 Three Kings …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rick Warren admits McCain was late for Forum and then says we'r …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Speaking To Veterans, Obama Directly Takes On McCain's Attacks On His Patriotism
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