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9:50 AM ET, August 19, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama veep announcement expected in coming days  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Barack Obama will publicly disclose his vice presidential choice in the coming days, though the Democrat is keeping most aides who are preparing for the announcement in the dark and is giving away nothing to voters as he campaigns.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Who's No. 2? Obama Keeps Everybody Guessing.
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.”
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP: Title, print run on Woodward book announced  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The suspense didn't quite compare to the identity of “Deep Throat,” but we now know the name of Bob Woodward's fourth investigative work on the Bush administration, just three weeks before the book's release.
New York Times:
In V.F.W. Speech, McCain Attacks Obama on War  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Senator John McCain began a hard-hitting political attack on Senator Barack Obama's national security credentials on Monday and stepped up his rhetoric against the Russian presence in Georgia in remarks intended to showcase his ability to be commander in chief.
Discussion: The New Republic
Washington Post:
Obama Tells Allies He Is Ready to Hit Back
Discussion: The Caucus, USA Today and MSNBC
Denver Post:
Invesco's top seats go to big donors  —  SUITES, CLUB LEVEL SAVED FOR FUNDRAISERS, VIPs  —  Barack Obama's big-money donors are being offered premier seats to his acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High, according to information obtained by The Denver Post.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
For Obama, Taxes Are About Fairness  —  On Saturday night at the Saddleback Church in Southern California, Rick Warren showed Jim, Gwen, Tom, Bob and Co. what a presidential moderator can accomplish when he makes the debate about the candidates and not himself.
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
Discussion: Firedoglake
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” …
Quinnipiac University:
McCain, Seen 2-1 As Better Against Russia, Gains On Obama, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Men And White Voters Go Republican  —  American likely voters say 55 - 27 percent that Arizona Sen. John McCain is better qualified than Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to deal with Russia …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Smears the Left Can Fight For
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.
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 and Prometheus 6
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
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.
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama vulnerable on Chicago crime?
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California doctors can't refuse treatment to gays on religious grounds, court rules
Discussion: Law Blog and Pam's House Blend
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton gives ‘Judas’ Richardson a hug or a shrug
Richard Rainey / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
McCain to visit Gulf oil rig as Fay's winds keep to east
J. Freedom du Lac / Washington Post:
All Hail The Tweens: JoBros At The White House
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
The Party You Can Afford  —  Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam's Grand …
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Destination Malabo  —  A group of mercenaries' failed attempt …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and The Corner
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Shamus Toomey / Chicago Sun Times:
Wedding thrashers  —  The wedding was on a Michigan beach …
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Associated Press:
Man whose lawsuit scuttled DC gun ban gets permit
Justin Higgins / Shots on the House:
Breaking: Bayh to Be Obama's VP? Probably a Hoax
James S. Robbins / The Corner:
Mapping the Election  —  A handy feature on the electoral-vote …
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?