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2:15 PM ET, August 24, 2008

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New York Times:
In Obama's Choice, a ‘Very Personal Decision’  —  WASHINGTON — In the beginning, Senator Barack Obama was not entirely sold on Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. And Mr. Biden told friends that he was pessimistic of his chances of becoming Mr. Obama's Democratic running mate.
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CBS News:
McCain: Biden A “Very Wise Selection”  —  Tells Katie Couric Obama's Running Mate “Very Formidable,” Is “A Good Friend And Good Man”  —  (CBS) In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric Saturday at his home in Sedona, Ariz., presumptive GOP nominee John McCain had kind words …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
Washington Post:
Support for Each Candidate Holds Steady  —  Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are locked in a highly competitive race for the White House, with voters giving McCain a clear edge as a potential commander in chief but Obama a sizable advantage on economic issues …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Today's new McCain ad quotes Clinton on Obama, asks why she's not on the ticket  —  Well, it didn't take long for the campaign of Sen. John McCain to bring his good friend Hillary Clinton into the confrontational mix.  —  Both senators are on the Armed Services Committee and …
Discussion: The Swamp and Wake up America
Quinnipiac University:
McCain, Obama In Dead Heat In Colorado, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dem Has Very Small Lead On Economy  —  Sen. Barack Obama enters the Democratic National Convention in a dead heat with Sen. John McCain for Colorado's crucial nine electoral votes, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released today.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain calls Biden ‘formidable’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CBS News' Katie Couric on Saturday that Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is a “formidable” but “wise” choice for the Democratic ticket.  —  Couric, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” sat down with McCain at his cabin in Sedona …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
One place Biden's likely to help Obama is Florida
Discussion: TalkLeft and TigerHawk
Matt / Think Progress:
Pawlenty: Obama should have picked Petraeus for VP.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Featured in McCain's Latest Ad
Washington Post:
For Senator, Another Comeback
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Democrats' Glass Ceiling
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Too Much of a Bad Thing  —  My mom did not approve of men who cheated on their wives.  She called them “long-tailed rats.”  —  During the 2000 race, she listened to news reports about John McCain confessing to dalliances that caused his first marriage to fall apart after he came back from his stint as a P.O.W. in Vietnam.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Colin Powell in McCain mix  —  Retired Gen. Colin Powell is among the potential running mates who have been considered by John McCain, campaign advisers told Politico.  —  Powell was among the possible vice presidential choices the Arizona Republican senator was thinking of when he said he would not rule …
Ben / Think Progress:
Halperin: McCain's Houses Gaffe ‘One Of The Worst Moments’ Of The Campaign For...Barack Obama  —  Last week Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told Politico that he did not know how many homes he and his wife Cindy own.  “I'll have my staff get to you,” McCain said.  ThinkProgress noted …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RIDE THAT TIRE SWING!
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Liberal Values
Washington Post:
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits  —  A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.
Discussion: Boston Globe and JammieWearingFool
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
I'm literally intrigued by Joe Biden's speech  —  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's choice for running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, used the word “literally” literally eight times in his speech Saturday afternoon, suggesting we're in for a metaphorical deluge of misuses of …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Finding the Mess Behind the Mess  —  A BURSTING real estate bubble set off the Japanese recession of the 1990s, which deepened as ailing banks languished.  It took Japan's economy more than a decade to resume steady, noticeable growth.  —  Will this happen to the United States?
All-American Speakers Bureau Keynote …:
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Political exile strengthens Democrats  —  When Democrats awoke Nov. 6, 2002, they found that for the first time in decades, the party didn't control a single branch of government.  The future looked bleak.  —  When Barack Obama accepts his nomination on Thursday, he will sit atop …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Last Call for Change We Can Believe In  —  AS the real campaign at last begins in Denver this week, this much is certain: It's time for Barack Obama to dispatch “Change We Can Believe In” to a dignified death.  —  This isn't because — OMG!  — Obama's narrow three- to four-percentage-point lead …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Some Comic Relief And A Real Problem
 
 
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Greg Pollowitz / Media Blog:
“We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him”
Michelle Malkin:
It's Smarmy and Smirky '08!
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Denver, Police and Protesters Try to Prepare for Each Other
Steve Diamond / Global Labor and Politics:
Obama/Ayers Update: Annenberg Mystery Tour Continues
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Palestinians: Leftist boats didn't bring enough food
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Georgian Civilians Tell of Miserable Conditions as War Captives
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Biden  —  Had to take a break from my vacation to register …
David Harsanyi / David Harsanyi's Blog:
Biden on Haditha  —  In June 2006, straight-talking Joe Biden went …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Monique Morrisey / epi.org:
Social Security — government report shows that program is healthy …
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Obama-Biden 2008  —  I have now watched and read Senator Biden's speech …