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6:00 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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
More on the Clinton Controversy (Sigh)
Matt / Think Progress:
Pawlenty: Obama should have picked Petraeus for VP.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Biden Does No Harm, but May Not Help Much
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Nobody's yes man
Washington Post:
For Senator, Another Comeback
Rasmussen Reports:
39% Say Biden the Right Choice, Women Less Enthusiastic
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
On the Tire Swing  —  Apparently on ABC this morning Mark Halperin was arguing that housegate would ultimately wind up being bad for . . . Barack Obama because . . .  [all news is good news for John McCain] it “opened the door” to Rezko, Ayers, Wright and other attacks on Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RIDE THAT TIRE SWING!  —  From TPM Reader KB ...  It's like a comic parody of the mentality I described a few days ago.  Don't get in McCain's face because it'll just be so much worse for you if you.  By God, just keep your head down and try to muddle through!  If you're nice maybe he won't hit you.
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Liberal Values
news.politicswest.com:
Anti-war protesters marching to Pepsi Center  —  The first major protest at the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday, went off peacefully Sunday at noon.  —  Police officers, some on mountain bikes, escorted hundreds of war protesters from the steps of the Capitol down Colfax Avenue …
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Greg Pollowitz / Media Blog:
“We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him”  —  Lynn Sweet has a great picture of the stage at the [manger] Pepsi Center in Denver:
Lynn Sweet:
Check out the Pepsi Center. Lynn Sweet picture gallery
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Kenneth Anderson / Opinio Juris:
Georgia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia  —  I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my experiences in Georgia in the early 1990s, monitoring the various conflicts - Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the then-Georgian civil war in Tbilisi - and noting that the secessionist conflicts were marked on each side …
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.
P. Solomon Banda / Associated Press:
Man arrested carrying weapons at Pelosi hotel  —  DENVER—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly evacuated from her downtown Denver hotel on Saturday when a man carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols tried to check in to the hotel.  —  Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
SOME MCCAIN CAMP INSIGHTS...  From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell  —  Reporting on the road with the McCain campaign...  The “Biden” ad: Advisors say that spot has been ready for “a couple days.”  The McCain team says they assessed that Kaine “utterly disqualified himself” on the basis …
Amanda / Think Progress:
NBC Censors Sexual Orientation Of Openly Gay Gold Medalist Diver  —  According to OutSports.com, of the 10,708 athletes at the Olympics this year, just 10 have identified themselves publicly as being gay.  Of the 10, Australian diver Matthew Mitcham is the only male gay athlete.
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 …
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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Little Green Footballs:
LGF, PJ Media, Zombie Team Up for Convention Coverage
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Dems give Michigan and Florida full voting rights
Discussion: MyDD
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
Homeland Security Comes to Vermont
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Denver: Let the Madness Begin
All-American Speakers Bureau Keynote …:
Biography of Ron Fournier
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Political exile strengthens Democrats
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Denver, Police and Protesters Try to Prepare for Each Other
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits
Steve Diamond / Global Labor and Politics:
Obama/Ayers Update: Annenberg Mystery Tour Continues
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Georgian Civilians Tell of Miserable Conditions as War Captives
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
I'm literally intrigued by Joe Biden's speech
Discussion: The Swamp
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Biden  —  Had to take a break from my vacation to register …
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Finding the Mess Behind the Mess