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1:10 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 …
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.
NY Daily News:
Hillary!  Hillary!  Hillary!  —  Barack Obama is on the verge of his first major choice as would-be President of the United States.  As early as today, he will announce his running mate, with all signs indicating that he'll bypass the class of the field:  —  Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Washington Post
Damien Cave / New York Times:
At Rally, Finding Clinton's Aid to Obama Too Tepid  —  Many supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton say they need a strong signal from her on whether to shift their allegiance to Senator Barack Obama.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Text hoaxes plague Obama VP plan  —  CHESAPEAKE, Va. - By the time Barack Obama is ready to announce his vice presidential pick, will anyone believe him?  —  In recent days, as speculation and anticipation has mounted, so too have phony text messages declaring Obama's supposed running mate …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama prepares to name veep
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Blogs of War
Randyj /
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...
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney veep speculation swirls  —  Mark Halperin set off tremors in the political world last night by reporting via two Republicans that John McCain had settled on Mitt Romney to be his running mate.  —  Top sources in McCainworld, though, say this morning that no final decision has been made.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Boston Globe
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Well, that Finishes Romney  —  (Google satellite tour …
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Discussion: Commentary
Washington Post:
Houses Add Up to A Snag for McCain  —  Sen. John McCain's inability to recall the number of homes he owns during an interview yesterday jeopardized his campaign's carefully constructed strategy to frame Democratic rival Barack Obama as an out-of-touch elitist and inspired a round of attacks …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MCCAIN'S PROPERTIES.  —  Given the various numbers floating about, it might be useful to have a clear description of what we know McCain owns.  This is trickier than it looks: The McCains have a variety of limited liability companies and family trusts (just like normal people!) …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Obama Camp Has Many Ties to Wife's Employer  —  A few years ago, executives at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center were concerned that an increasing number of patients were arriving at their emergency room with what the executives considered to be non-urgent complaints.
Discussion: Hot Air and MSNBC
Joe Stephens / Washington Post:
Contracts Went to a Longtime Donor
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right and men who live off their second wives' inherited wealth  —  What's most notable about John McCain's confusion over the number of homes he owns isn't merely that it demonstrates that, after running his campaign based on depicting Barack Obama as an out-of-touch elitist and himself …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Miss C / CNN:
Source: Obama calls Veep runner-ups  —  (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama called some people on his short-list for the vice presidential slot Thursday night to tell them he had not selected them as running mate, a highly placed Democratic party source told CNN.  —  The source did not say which people got the call.
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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Discussion: TownHall Blog
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
They're Paying Attention Now  —  Why is it a real race now …