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6:05 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 …
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.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: Read Jay Cost  —  Jay Cost has an excellent post which summarizes the state of the race just about as I see it (hey, that's what makes it excellent!).  —  Here's the heart of it: … I'd add two points:  —  1) In the five open seat elections since 1948, three (1960, 1976, and 2000) have been razor-close.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Thoughts on the State of the Race  —  With Barack Obama about to make his vice-presidential selection, the general election is finally set to begin.  Thus ends the middle period between the nomination campaign and the general election campaign.  I would like to offer some reflections …
Discussion: American Spectator
Randyj /
New McCain “Celebrity” Ad Hits Obama on Taxes  —  Ad launching Friday says Obama is “ready to raise your taxes, but not ready to lead.”  —  Click above to watch, and read script here.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO PLACE LIKE HOME(S).... Yesterday, the Obama campaign had quite …
Discussion: and Nitpicker
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Tries to Raise Expectations for Obama
Discussion: Wonkette and DemConWatch
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
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
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Protect Our Kids from Preschool  —  Barack Obama says he believes in universal preschool and if he's elected president he'll pump “billions of dollars into early childhood education.”  Universal preschool is now second only to universal health care on the liberal policy wish list.
Discussion: Eduwonk and EconLog
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.
Fox News:
Obama Stops Advertising in Red Battleground States  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign has put the brakes on ads that were running in seven states carried by the GOP in the 2004 presidential election, FOX News has learned.  —  Of the seven states — including Alaska, Georgia, Montana …
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Mandi Illuzzi / Us Weekly:
Barack Obama Inspires New Handbag
Discussion: QandO
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Infamous ‘Shock Troops’ Author Back in the News
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
MADD hatters  —  From David Harsanyi, writing in the Denver Post:
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jeff Green / Bloomberg:
GM, Ford Seek $50 Billion From U.S., Double Request
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Fox News:
Abandoned Baby Kept Alive, Safe by Mother Dog and Her Brood
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Pundits And Writers Start Hitting McCain For Non-Stop P.O.W. References
Michelle Malkin:
RNC's new radio ad: McCain's a bigger Hispanderer than Obama!
Discussion: The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Payne / Planet Gore:
McCain's Real House Problem
Michelle Malkin:
Inside the Democrat convention hall: Image, image, image
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
Ensign Fumes Over Failed GOP Fundraising Effort
David M. Brown /
Obama to amend report on $800,000 in spending
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MCCAIN'S PROPERTIES.  —  Given the various numbers floating about …
Discussion: Firedoglake