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4:25 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 …
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 …
Miss C / CNN:
Source: Obama calls Veep runner-ups
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Shock: Obama never vetted Hillary?
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 …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NO PLACE LIKE HOME(S).... Yesterday, the Obama campaign had quite …
Discussion: and Nitpicker
Randyj /
New McCain “Celebrity” Ad Hits Obama on Taxes
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ATTACKERMAN
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
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 …
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, Media Blog and MSNBC
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:   Michelle, Anti-American Radicals, and U of C
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.
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
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Veepstakes Tidings  —  CNN first reported, and I can confirm, that Barack Obama has begun calling some folks who were vetted but who didn't quite make it.  —  Maybe these aren't the short-listers.  Maybe these are the long-listers.  —  In any event, Hillary Clinton has NOT been called.
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 …
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
Ensign Fumes Over Failed GOP Fundraising Effort  —  The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Friday colleagues have not heeded his calls for contributions to contested races, threatening advertising on behalf of GOP candidates.  —  “It has become clear that my call …
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
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Salon Radio: ACLU & Dennis Perrin
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Henry Payne / Planet Gore:
McCain's Real House Problem
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Houses  —  In my ideal world, the fact that John McCain cannot remember …
Michelle Malkin:
Inside the Democrat convention hall: Image, image, image
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Take the McCain House Tour!
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Why Obama Really Voted For Infanticide
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
More That Was Then, This Is Now
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
Hoyer Advocates for a Four-Day Work Week
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Lasting Influences  —  Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Pavlovian Response
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Mechanic / MoJoBlog:
But Honey, Now I Know What the US Military Is Doing in Nauru!
Discussion: War and Piece
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Income Distribution Fun Facts
Matthew Syed / Times of London:
Sex and the Olympic city
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right and men who live off their second wives' inherited wealth
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Know where it's really great to do business?
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Obama has 7-point lead on McCain in Michigan