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4:35 AM ET, August 22, 2008


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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...
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Prepares Rezko Ad; Wright “Now Fair Game”; GOP 527 Attacks  —  Sen. John McCain's campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama 's ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko, the one-time Obama patron who was convicted earlier this summer of fraud.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
McCain family owns 8 properties  —  John McCain's family owns at least eight properties — not the seven Democrats are alleging or the four McCain's staff identified — according to a Politico analysis of property and tax records, as well as interviews.  —  The presumptive Republican nominee …
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 …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Camp Responds On Houses Gaffe: He Was A POW!  —  The McCain campaign is road-testing a new argument in responding to Obama's criticism of his number-of-houses gaffe, an approach the McCain camp has never tried before: The houses gaffe doesn't matter because ... he was a POW!
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Spokesman's Retort: Obama Lives in “a Frickin' Mansion”  —  SEDONA, Ariz. — A spokesman for Sen. John McCain vowed to retaliate against today's story about how many houses the GOP candidate owns with a renewed focus on Sen. Barack Obama's ties to a Chicago developer and charges that Obama is an elitist.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
New group plans Ayers attack on Obama  —  A new conservative group has produced a television ad attacking Barack Obama for his relationship with former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers.  —  “How much do your really know about Barack Obama?  What does he really believe?” asks the ad …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
Nitpicker:   Who says John McCain is out of touch with the common people?
The Politico:
Candidates' attacks hit close to homes
Discussion: GretaWire and TVNewser
David Freddoso / New York Post:
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Jumps on McCain House Comment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Ovi
Marc Ambinder:   McCain Is To Houses What GWBH Was To Grocery Store Scanners?
On Politics:
Obama says he's chosen his VP — won't reveal who it is yet  —  Barack Obama told USA TODAY this afternoon that “yes,” he has made up his mind about whom his running mate will be — but he would not reveal the name or just when he will tell the nation about his choice.  —  USA TODAY's Kathy Kiely writes that:
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:
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
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.
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Hacker uncovers ‘proof’ that Chinese gymnast is underage
Discussion: The Jawa Report and
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh: Obama's Nomination “Really goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.”  —  Audio and more from Media Matters: … Yes, someone should have told this young, uppity negro to STFU and know his place in American society.  You knew he was a baby killer, right?
Ali / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: Everyone's afraid to ‘criticize the little black man-child.’
Discussion: The Reaction
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Veep Picks  —  Veep Day is tomorrow, by all accounts.  My against-the-grain prediction: Sebelius.  What do you think?
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and Brendan Nyhan
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes  —  A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.
Joe Klein / Time:
Where's Obama's Passion?  —  A few days before Barack Obama was to announce his choice for Vice President, he was asked at a North Carolina town meeting what qualities he wanted in a running mate.  He wandered through a derisive, if desultory, critique of Dick Cheney, then switched gears.
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 …
Discussion: Ed
More Americans Question Religion's Role in Politics  —  Some Social Conservative Disillusionment  —  Some Americans are having a change of heart about mixing religion and politics.  A new survey finds a narrow majority of the public saying that churches and other houses of worship should keep …
CNN:   Survey: More say churches shouldn't be in politics
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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