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12:05 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Who's No. 2? Obama Keeps Everybody Guessing.
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 …
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Obama Sharpens the Message  —  Barack Obama seems to have gotten the message about his message.  In the past few days, amid growing concerns among Democratic allies, Obama has begun campaigning in a different gear, one that is more aggressive in attacking John McCain and more focused on the economic concerns of struggling Americans.
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Washington Post:
Obama Tells Allies He Is Ready to Hit Back
New York Times:
In V.F.W. Speech, McCain Attacks Obama on War
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton gives ‘Judas’ Richardson a hug or a shrug  —  It was, if memory and The Ticket's search function serves, back in March that big Bill Richardson, the goateed governor of New Mexico who'd built his impressive resume largely on important assignments for the Clintons …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Lingering What-If Question: Clinton?
Discussion: Prometheus 6 and CBS News
Dan Hirschhorn / PolitickerPA:
Lauding ‘cathartic’ effect of roll-call vote, Rendell to cast …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, TIME.com and The Confluence
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.”
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP: Title, print run on Woodward book announced
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
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 …
RoseanneWorld:
democrats want to lose  —  and therefore did not fully vet the candidate they shoved down everyone's throat.  I am the first blogger to blog about Obama's abortion vote and how it would become the october surprise...they have michelle obama on tape defending live birth abortion, and raising money for it too...
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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 …
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Bayh's Running-Mate Chances May Be Hurt by Wife's Board Seats  —  Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, on a short list of Democrat Barack Obama's possible running mates, may face questions about potential conflicts of interest from his wife's work on seven corporate boards that paid her more than $837,000 last year.
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
As U.S. Economic Problems Loom, House, Senate Sweat the Small Stuff  —  Members of Congress Love a Good Resolution; Watermelons and Undertakers Fit the Bill  —  WASHINGTON — The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices.
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
The investigation of Dr. Shaikh  —  Whenever Dr. Irshad Shaikh traveled from Iraq to the United States, he found himself transformed.  —  When his plane took off from Baghdad, he was a highly valued expert who helped Coalition authorities identify land mines and other undetonated explosives.
Catherine Lucey / Philly.com:
Obama to pony up street money in November  —  REST ASSURED, Philadelphia.  Come Election Day, there will be street money.  —  According to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the local Democratic Party chairman, Sen. Barack Obama's general-election presidential campaign in Philadelphia will be run different …
 
 
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Obama Touts Single-Payer System for Health Care
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Steve Friess / The Caucus:
Bipartisan Praise From Bill Clinton
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Tax Policy Center home:
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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Russ Verney / Campaign Updates:
The Ruling  —  This past Friday, I wrote to you regarding …
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