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9:00 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 and Obsidian Wings
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 …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Lingering What-If Question: Clinton?  —  No power brokers in the Democratic Party are openly campaigning for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as their vice-presidential nominee this year, and even Mrs. Clinton's closest aides have stopped talking her up.  Yet privately, some Democrats continue …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Who's No. 2? Obama Keeps Everybody Guessing.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Reed Doesn't Show at McCain Benefit He'd Help Publicize  —  ATLANTA — Ralph Reed, once one of the leading strategists in the Republican Party, found himself Monday night persona non grata at a fundraiser hosted by his party's presumptive presidential nominee.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:   Obama Camp: Ralph Reed Uninvited to McCain's Fundraiser
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
McCain nets $1.75 million at Reed-linked event
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
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 …
Discussion: Roger Ailes and National Review
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bob Woodward to reveal ‘The War Within’  —  Bob Woodward's new book is shrouded in such mystery that even the title was a secret until now.  —  Publishing sources say the book, completed just three weeks ago and out Sept. 8, is titled “The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008.”
Justin Pope / Associated Press:
College Presidents Want Lower Drinking Age  —  College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth, and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age to 18 from 21, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Education of McCain  —  On Tuesdays, Senate Republicans hold a weekly policy lunch.
Discussion: Commentary
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The End of the Musharraf Era
Washington Post:
No Sign of a Russian Departure in Georgia
Washington Post:
McCain Remarks at the VFW Convention
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
Associated Press:
Man whose lawsuit scuttled DC gun ban gets permit
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Islamic terror cell ‘may have been plotting to attack Queen’
James S. Robbins / The Corner:
Mapping the Election  —  A handy feature on the electoral-vote …
Katie Schlieper / Public Campaign Action Fund:
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?
Michelle Knoll / KAAL-TV:
Coleman's lead on Franken shrinking
Discussion: Daily Kos