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1:20 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. - Within the last few hours I've 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Biden '88 as McCain '08  —  A classic Joe Biden ad from 1988, which begins: “The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation.  A President has got to know the territory, but that's not enough.”
Discussion: The Swamp
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Bayh's Running-Mate Chances May Be Hurt by Wife's Board Seats
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Lingering What-If Question: Clinton?
Discussion: Prometheus 6 and CBS News
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 …
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: McCain to name VP on Aug. 29
New York Times:
Obama Appears Ready to Announce His Running Mate
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
New L.A. Times/Bloomberg presidential poll has some surprises later today
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Swift-boat?  Moi?  —  It's worth noting that pursuing the cross-in-the-dirt evangelical parable as it might have happened to McCain is in no way impugning anyone's war record.  No one is disputing in any way what McCain did in Vietnam, his heroism, his sacrifice or any jot and tittle of his combat in arms and time in captivity.
Dan Hirschhorn / PolitickerPA:
Lauding ‘cathartic’ effect of roll-call vote, Rendell to cast his convention vote for Clinton  —  With devotees of defeated U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) relishing the chance to publicly back her one more time during a roll-call vote at the Democratic convention next week …
Discussion: NO QUARTER, TIME.com and The Confluence
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Hillary Clinton gives ‘Judas’ Richardson a hug or a shrug
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.”
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ross Douthat:
The Case of Jerome Corsi  —  I'm not big on ritual denunciations: I'd rather argue with people than read them out of the conversation, as a general rule, and I hope my distaste for certain styles of political discourse is clear enough without my having to publicly denounce Ann Coulter every …
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.
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Where The John Edwards Scandal Is Headed  —  I've read the comments.  I know what some of you think. … Let's just recap the what The Deceiver calls ‘the non-story’ so far.  —  A former Senator and vice-presidential candidate misused campaign contributions and money pledged to fight poverty …
Discussion: Slate
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE RETURN OF HARRY AND LOUISE.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Udall shifts views on offshore drilling
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It's Rudy  —  So many e-mailers this morning are predicting …
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
The investigation of Dr. Shaikh  —  Whenever Dr. Irshad Shaikh traveled …
Jim Galloway / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Q&A / SAM NUNN: 'Right now, we've got to pull together'
Catherine Lucey / Philly.com:
Obama to pony up street money in November
Washington Wire:
Obama Touts Single-Payer System for Health Care
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Shaw / The Huffington Post:
Reading The Pictures: The Measure Of A Man's Sole
Discussion: Towleroad.com
RoseanneWorld:
democrats want to lose  —  and therefore did not fully vet …
Discussion: Don Surber
Steve Friess / The Caucus:
Bipartisan Praise From Bill Clinton
Discussion: Gristmill, TIME.com and Dot Earth
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
For Obama, Taxes Are About Fairness
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California doctors can't refuse treatment to gays on religious grounds, court rules
Justin Pope / Associated Press:
College Presidents Want Lower Drinking Age
MSNBC:
Roseanne rips Jolie, Pitt, Voight over politics
Russ Verney / Campaign Updates:
The Ruling  —  This past Friday, I wrote to you regarding …