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1:20 AM ET, August 20, 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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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 …
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.
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
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: Hot Air
Lynn Sweet:
Exclusive: Obama team reserving Old State Capitol in Springfield for Saturday to showcase running mate  —  The Chicago Sun-Times has learned that the Obama team, in the run-up to the Democratic convention, will showcase the new Obama ticket Saturday in Springfield at the Old State Capitol …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama Uses “He” Pronoun When Discussing His VP
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Corner
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
BIDEN: 'I'M NOT THE GUY'  —  From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and Hot Air
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 …
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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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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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 …
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: Riehl World View and Hot Air
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
McClellan to Obama: Don't investigate us  —  Scott McClellan advises Obama, in an interview with my colleague Daniel Libit, not to investigate the Bush administration — because it would, McClellan says, damage Obama's image.  (Not that former Bushies have anything at stake in that choice.)
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Talk About Audacity!  —  Speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars this morning, Barack Obama delivered an amazing show of chutzpah.  John McCain had addressed the VFW yesterday, and as the Associated Press reports, he was predictably critical of Obama: … Here is Obama's reply:
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Just call me, ‘Political Animal’  —  Now that my friend Kevin Drum has made the announcement, I can pass along the big news.  —  Starting this Friday, Aug. 22, Kevin will be leaving the Washington Monthly, heading over to a new blog at Mother Jones.  He'll be replaced at Political Animal by ... me.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MOVING TIME....I have some news to share: on Friday …
Discussion: TBogg
David Freddoso / The Corner:
Obama's Audacity in Using the L-word  —  Amazing, Kathryn.  Obama's campaign is trying to turn the argument away from his own repeated misrepresentations — not only proven but even admitted — about what he did and what he voted against.  —  Instead of apologizing to the people Obama wrongly called …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
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Fox News:
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Los Angeles Times:
L.A. mayor passed over for speaking role at Democratic convention
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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CNN:
Gore to speak on Democratic convention's final night
Discussion: TIME.com
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
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