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2:15 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
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama gives a shout out to his VP?
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN'S CHOICE....David Brooks writes today that John McCain tried …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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David Gergen / CNN:
Is the tide turning?  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Clive Crook
Washington Post:
Obama Tells Allies He Is Ready to Hit Back
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 …
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Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Lingering What-If Question: Clinton?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Hillary Clinton gives ‘Judas’ Richardson a hug or a shrug
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.
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Rice warns Moscow about its bomber runs off Alaska  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Monday ruled out accelerating Georgia's admission to NATO in response to the Russian invasion.  But she warned Moscow that it is playing “a very dangerous game” …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Rice: Military power is “not the way to deal in the 21st century”
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Obama's Remarks to the VFW  —  Thank you, Commander Lisicki, for your leadership.  Let me also acknowledge the leadership of Virginia Carman, the president of the VFW ladies auxiliary, as well as my friend Jim Webb who will be speaking here later today.  Finally, let me thank all of the members …
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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 …
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
It's Rudy  —  So many e-mailers this morning are predicting that the McCain trial balloon is really about Giuliani.  I'm not there, but here's one: … The McCain campaign has already hired a Giuliani staffer as the unnamed veep's communications director...
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Hot Air and Alarming News
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
New L.A. Times/Bloomberg presidential poll has some surprises later today  —  Which White House contender had the better summer?  —  A new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll of registered voters across the country leaves little doubt about the answer.  —  We can't reveal the precise figures yet …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Sister Toldjah
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.”
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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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
“Forte,” Again  —  On the subject of words, someone wrote …
Discussion: Hot Air
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A World of Difference  —  Presidential elections always …
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DMI's First Annual Survey on the Middle Class and Public Policy …
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Statement  —  Meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level …
Discussion: The Swamp and Commentary
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Wrangling Begins Over Pakistan's Next President
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE RETURN OF HARRY AND LOUISE.
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
The investigation of Dr. Shaikh  —  Whenever Dr. Irshad Shaikh traveled …
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Where The John Edwards Scandal Is Headed
Discussion: Slate
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Bayh's Running-Mate Chances May Be Hurt by Wife's Board Seats
Discussion: MSNBC and NY Daily News Blogs
Catherine Lucey / Philly.com:
Obama to pony up street money in November
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
Denver Post:
Invesco's top seats go to big donors