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5:25 PM ET, August 22, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Hillary gets stiffed  —  There's one Democrat who would seem to have little or no chance of being picked by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to be his running mate - his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).  —  But it's not for the reason you think.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama is hours away from naming running mate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential candidate Barack Obama is hours away from naming his running mate, as little-known Texas congressman Chet Edwards is emerging as a finalist.  —  Democratic officials say that Edwards was one of the few Democrats whose background …
The Politico:
Exclusive: Obama's lost law review article  —  As president of the Harvard Law Review and a law professor in Chicago, Senator Barack Obama refined his legal thinking, but left a scant paper trail.  His name doesn't appear on any legal scholarship.  —  But an unsigned — and previously unattributed …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:   OBAMA'S CASE NOTE: I just read the piece, and it is as calm …
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
Robin Leach on the lifestyles of the rich and political — John McCain  —  Robin Leach isn't your usual political pundit.  But the former champagne-toasting host of the TV hit of the mid-'80s to mid-'90s, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” may be more qualified than most to opine …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Randyj /
New McCain “Celebrity” Ad Hits Obama on Taxes
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO PLACE LIKE HOME(S).... Yesterday, the Obama campaign had quite …
Discussion: and Nitpicker
Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
A Timetable By Any Other Name  —  In agreeing to pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraqi cities by June, and from the rest of the country by 2011, President Bush has apparently consented to precisely the kind of timetable that, when Democrats called for one, he dismissed as “setting a date for failure.”
Laurin Manning / Barack Obama:
Statement of Senator Barack Obama on Reports that U.S. and Iraq Have Reached Tentative Agreement on Troop Withdrawal from Iraq  —  “I am glad that the Administration has finally shifted to accepting a timetable for the removal of our combat troops from Iraq.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ATTACKERMAN
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: ‘Out of Touch’  —  Obama's now moving quickly and harshly to define McCain with one of the classic political caricatures, that he's “out of touch.”  —  And he's using what has to be the worst visual of the cycle to do it: McCain in George H.W. Bush's golf cart.
Discussion: The New Republic and Guardian
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Michelle, Anti-American Radicals, and U of C  —  Up to now, I haven't had anything to say about Michelle Obama.  However, the Washington Post today has published a long story that has a great deal to say about Michelle Obama's work at the University of Chicago.
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Obama Camp Has Many Ties to Wife's Employer
Discussion: Hot Air, Media Blog and MSNBC
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Obama: “Just Tax the Heck Out of People”  —  Buried in that 8,000 (!) word NYT magazine article about Obama's economic plan that I mentioned yesterday, is this bit flagged by Geraghty at Campaign Spot: … To which, Geraghty responds: “Isn't it reassuring to have a presidential candidate saying …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Seeking More Viewers, MSNBC Turns Left  —  WITH the promotion of Rachel Maddow, the Air America radio host, to a prime-time television spot this week, the longtime third-place cable news network MSNBC cemented its identity as a channel for a liberal audience.  —  But is that what advertisers want it to be?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Romenesko
August J. Pollak / Some Guy With a Website:
I'm sorry.  —  Obama Names Musician Rick Astley as Running Mate  —  Self-proclaimed “greatest prank evar” required 18 months, $390 million in prep work  —  Springfield, IL - August 23, 2008 - In front of a cheering crowd as well as in a text message to over three million anxious supporters …
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
Ensign Fumes Over Failed GOP Fundraising Effort  —  The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Friday colleagues have not heeded his calls for contributions to contested races, threatening advertising on behalf of GOP candidates.  —  “It has become clear that my call …
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Wait Til America Gets to Know JILL BIDEN  —  I had the opportunity a few years ago to enjoy a rolling set of events with Senator Joe Biden, Wes Clark and other national notables.  —  My partner was with me and normally hates these kinds of things.  But he bonded with Jill Biden.
Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
GM, Ford Seek $50 Billion From U.S., Double Request  —  Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler LLC and U.S. auto-parts makers are seeking $50 billion in government-backed loans, double their initial request, to develop and build more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David M. Brown /
Obama to amend report on $800,000 in spending  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat's campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Tries to Raise Expectations for Obama
Discussion: Wonkette and DemConWatch
Fox News:
Abandoned Baby Kept Alive, Safe by Mother Dog and Her Brood
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Fox News:
Obama Stops Advertising in Red Battleground States
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pundits And Writers Start Hitting McCain For Non-Stop P.O.W. References
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: Read Jay Cost
Discussion: HorseRaceBlog
Wonk Room:
McCain's Proposed Cuts Insufficient To Pay For McCain's Proposed Wars
Wall Street Journal:
Protect Our Kids from Preschool
Discussion: Eduwonk and EconLog
Henry Payne / Planet Gore:
McCain's Real House Problem
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Inside the Democrat convention hall: Image, image, image
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Take the McCain House Tour!
Discussion: Firedoglake
Marc Ambinder:
Veepstakes Tidings  —  CNN first reported, and I can confirm …
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Hoyer Advocates for a Four-Day Work Week
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Lasting Influences  —  Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Pavlovian Response
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Income Distribution Fun Facts
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MCCAIN'S PROPERTIES.  —  Given the various numbers floating about …
Discussion: Firedoglake