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1:40 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.
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: The New Republic and
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
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 …
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 …
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 and Undiplomatic
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.
Randyj /
2 GOP Sources: It's Romney
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Well, that Finishes Romney  —  (Google satellite tour …
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 …
David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Lasting Influences  —  Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself, It Is Hawaii That Made His Rise Possible  —  On weekday mornings as a teenager, Barry Obama left his grandparents' apartment on the 10th floor of the 12-story high-rise at 1617 South Beretania, a mile and half above Waikiki Beach …
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
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Pavlovian Response  —  We didn't have to wait long for the much anticipated morally-equivalent message from Barack Obama: “We've got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies.  They can't charge into other countries.  Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jeff Schreiber / America's Right:
Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible for the Presidency  —  A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama …
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Obama to amend report on $800,000 in spending
Angela Monaghan / Telegraph:
I.O.U.S.A to confront Americans with their debt obsession
James Fallows:
Blue skies  —  For the last week, Beijing's skies have been, mostly, glorious.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Income Distribution Fun Facts
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
Civil Rights Panel Faulted on Hiring Choice
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Know where it's really great to do business?
Marc Ambinder:
A Note On Body Language
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Obama has 7-point lead on McCain in Michigan