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10:00 AM ET, August 22, 2008

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Hindrocket / Power Line:
NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY  —  The latest campaign kerfuffle is Obama's effort to make hay out of John McCain's inability to tell a reporter how many houses he owns.  McCain mumbled something about condos and said the reporter should talk to his wife.  Predictably, Obama is trying to spin …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain family owns 8 properties
Nitpicker:   Who says John McCain is out of touch with the common people?
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Prepares Rezko Ad; Wright “Now Fair Game”; GOP 527 Attacks
Randyj / TIME.com:
2 GOP Sources: It's Romney  —  Two Republicans close to the situation say McCain has apparently settled on Mitt Romney as his running mate.  —  Two additional GOP sources say McCain had not offered the slot to anyone as of Thursday night, and that he could still change his mind.  —  Developing...
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Advisers Say Stance on Abortion Is Crucial for No. 2  —  SEDONA, Ariz. — Senator John McCain has narrowed his list of potential running mates to a handful of candidates and appears unlikely to select anyone who supports abortion rights, several advisers close to his campaign said on Thursday.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Is The Narrative Shifting for Hillary as VP?  He's ready!  —  USA Today reports: … With a slew of new polls coming out that have not been good for Obama, I wonder if his camp is rethinking their strategy for selecting a VP?  —  Check out this CBS/NY Times poll:
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CNN:
Source: Obama calling also-rans on VP shortlist  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama called some people on his shortlist for the vice presidential slot Thursday night to tell them he had not selected them as a running mate, a highly placed Democratic Party source said.  —  The source did not say which people got the call.
Discussion: Wonkette
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama may announce running mate later today
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Blogs of War
David Brooks / New York Times:
Hoping It's Biden  —  Barack Obama has decided upon a vice-presidential running mate.  And while I don't know who it is as I write, for the good of the country, I hope he picked Joe Biden.  —  Biden's weaknesses are on the surface.  He has said a number of idiotic things over the years and …
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 …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
They're Paying Attention Now  —  Why is it a real race now, with John McCain rising in the polls and Barack Obama falling?  There are many answers, but here I think is an essential one: The American people have begun paying attention.  —  It's hard for our political class to remember …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Where's Obama's Passion?
Discussion: Commentary, Stop The ACLU and TIME.com
Marc Ambinder:
Hints Of Major McCain Rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan On Or About 8/31  —  So there's apparently going to be a major political event in Grand Rapids, Michigan on or about 8/31.  —  A McCain campaign event, say two sources.  (Cautioning as always...plans could change, but...)
Discussion: TownHall Blog
FactCheck.org:
Born in the U.S.A.  —  The truth about Obama's birth certificate.  —  In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen.  But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document's authenticity.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Iraq Takes Aim at Leaders of U.S.-Tied Sunni Groups  —  BAGHDAD — The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American payroll and have been a major pillar in the decline in violence around the nation.
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Obama has 7-point lead on McCain in Michigan  —  But lead is shaky: 31% say they could change their minds  —  Independents, women and Wayne County voters helped boost Democrat Barack Obama to a 7-point lead over Republican John McCain in the presidential race in Michigan …
Discussion: TIME.com and The Other McCain
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Veep Picks  —  Veep Day is tomorrow, by all accounts.  My against-the-grain prediction: Sebelius.  What do you think?
Discussion: Cogitamus
Damien Cave / New York Times:
At Rally, Finding Clinton's Aid to Obama Too Tepid  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Minutes after pushing through the rope line to thank Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for “all that you do,” Robin Shaffer said she was worried.  She feared that the senator she respected and admired for being tough …
Discussion: HolyCoast.com
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
McCain can't remember how many homes he owns; Updated  —  Only non-elitists have trouble keeping track of all their multi-million dollar houses.  —  Politico: (audio available here) … Is McCain's memory so shot that he genuinely can't remember?  Hell, a parking lot he owns is worth four times more than the average American home.
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers  —  Women's Health Activists Denounce Rule Allowing Federal Officials to Pull Funding  —  The Bush administration yesterday announced plans to implement a controversial regulation designed to protect doctors, nurses and other health-care workers …
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CNN:
McCain campaign offices get threatening letters  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — Sen. John McCain received two suspicious letters at two campaign offices, with at least one containing an unidentified white powder, U.S. Secret Service and McCain's spokespeople said.
Discussion: Washington Post
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David Greising / Chicago Tribune:
Jackson eclipsed in the age of Obama
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Feds: Fires took down building next to twin towers
Discussion: HolyCoast.com
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Obama and Clinton Debate
Discussion: The Corner
Rasmussen Reports:
69% Now Say Controlling the Border More Important than Legalizing Aliens
Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. Sees Much to Fear in a Hostile Russia
CNN:
Survey: More say churches shouldn't be in politics
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
IndyMac Swift Boaters Strike Back!
Mark Brown / Rocky Mountain News:
Public Enemy may play DNC concert after all
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh: Obama's Nomination “Really goes back to the fact …
Spencer Ackerman / RADAR:
NOTES ON A SCANDAL  —  A soldier in Iraq decided to write about his experiences.
Max Taves / LA Weekly:
OBAMA VS. BALDILOCKS
Moby / The Huffington Post:
The GOP Slander Machine
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Hacker uncovers ‘proof’ that Chinese gymnast is underage