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12:50 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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William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Democrats' Glass Ceiling
Washington Post:
For Senator, Another Comeback
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Featured in McCain's Latest Ad
Discussion: The Impolitic and GINA COBB
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
One place Biden's likely to help Obama is Florida  —  Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as a running mate could give the ticket a boost in Florida — thanks to Biden's ties to South Florida, including support among a cadre of influential Democratic fundraisers.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
Lynn Sweet:   The launch of the Obama-Biden ticket in Springfield.  Obama speech text.
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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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden got Obama call during root canal
Discussion: Agence France Presse
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 …
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.
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?
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Denver, Police and Protesters Try to Prepare for Each Other  —  DENVER — To the uninformed visitor, it has become difficult to tell whether Denver is preparing for a Democratic National Convention or the institution of martial law.  Helicopters filled with armed commandos swooped …
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Georgian Civilians Tell of Miserable Conditions as War Captives  —  Georgian civilians captured and recently freed by Russian and South Ossetian forces on Saturday described beatings, forced labor and miserable living conditions in prison.  —  Georgian officials said that 79 Georgian civilians …
Steve Diamond / Global Labor and Politics:
Obama/Ayers Update: Annenberg Mystery Tour Continues  —  As I blogged yesterday, a small victory for full public disclosure of key information about our presidential candidates has been achieved by the pressure of the blogosphere with a small hand from the MSM.
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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