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5:05 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. - I've recently 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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Obama gives a shout out to his VP?  —  (CNN) — In a week where vice-presidential speculation has reached a feverish pitch, Barack Obama gave tea-leaf readers another reason to suspect he will name fellow Sen. Joe Biden his running mate later this week.  —  Speaking to veterans in Orlando …
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Rice: Military power is “not the way to deal in the 21st century”
Discussion: Think Progress
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Do Voters Like Joe Biden?
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
If It's Biden, There's a Consolation Prize for Dodd and Maybe for You, Too
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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The Politico:
McCain weighs a Lieberman surprise  —  John McCain is seriously considering choosing a pro-abortion-rights running mate despite vocal resistance from conservatives, with former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) very much in the mix, close McCain advisers say.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Tom Ridge Ruse: CEO Meg Whitman as Veep?  —  A conversation with a McCain adviser confirms my belief that the Tom Ridge boomlet is a clever bit of misdirection.  I think John McCain is having Ridge “run a pick” for the real pick.  First, look at this collection of factoids:
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and The Corner
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama (and VP pick?) to start in Illinois
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Solzhenitsyn Biographer: Cross-In-Dirt Gulag Story Never Happened  —  There's been a ton of buzz on the web for the last day or so — beginning with this Daily Kos diary — suggesting that John McCain patterned his story about a Vietamese captor drawing a cross in the dirt before him on a similar episode …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Swift-boat?  Moi?  —  It's worth noting that pursuing the cross …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Sister Toldjah
Byron York / The Corner:
Extra!  Extra!  Cross-In-The-Dirt Update! …
Discussion: The American Scene
TheFounder / Tribble Ad Agency:
Barack Obama chooses Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President  —  We have a credible lead that Barack Obama will be announcing Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President / VP.  —  Our sources work within an ad agency that is hired by the Obama campaign, and have noted that the vast majority …
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 …
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
McCAIN'S CHOICE....David Brooks writes today that John McCain tried to run an honorable campaign, but it just didn't work: … The problem?  Too many bloggers.  A bored press.  A stuffy conservative establishment.  McCain tried to take on the system, and the system won.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Once Upon a Time  —  I was watching the old pre-9/11 Three Kings the other night — and was struck that there was a time when Hollywood, like the earlier books of many authors who later critiqued the Iraq War, was apparently furious at the United States for not removing Saddam (cf. the chants “Free Iraq!").
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Speaking To Veterans, Obama Directly Takes On McCain's Attacks On His Patriotism
CNN:
Gore to speak on Democratic convention's final night  —  (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.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Kenneth F / CNN:   Gore to speak at convention Thursday
David Gergen / CNN:
Is the tide turning?  —  CNN Senior Political Analyst  —  Heading into the candidates' appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain — one the young, eloquent …
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...
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 …
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
Another POW, Same Story  —  After a brief conversation with Col. Bud Day, I can confirm that Col. Day is most likely the toughest man alive in addition to being the most decorated Air Force veteran in history.  Some of the details Day shared with the McCain Report are too gory to reproduce here …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   McCain Responds, Again
 
 
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Lieberman aides collecting info on their man
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L.A. mayor passed over for speaking role at Democratic convention
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IBDeditorials.com:
Like Father, Like Son  —  Election '08: Barack Obama's economic …
Discussion: The Corner
Arwa Damon / CNN:
Chain wrapped around 'old man's body' found in mosque
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Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain another George W. Bush?
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 Earlier Items: 
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rick Warren admits McCain was late for Forum and then says we'r …
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Drew Westen / The Huffington Post:
From “Nuanced” to Principled: The Lessons of Pastor Rick …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A World of Difference  —  Presidential elections always …
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The Case of Jerome Corsi
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bob Woodward to reveal ‘The War Within’