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11:45 AM 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  —  So Hillary Clinton gets about 18 million votes in 2008, and isn't even considered for—she apparently isn't even given the courtesy of being consulted—the vice presidential pick.  Joe Biden manages to persuade a few thousand (if that) Iowans to support him.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Tries to Rile Up Clinton Voters Against Obama  —  SEDONA, Ariz. — A new television ad by Sen. John McCain aims to tap into anger at Sen. Barack Obama among the legions of Hillary Clinton supporters by suggesting that the Democratic nominee dissed his one-time rival.
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
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Obama Misspeaks, Calls Biden ‘The Next President’; Biden Calls Obama ‘Barack America’  —  ABC News' Sara Just reports: Journalists who were awake until the wee hours waiting for confirmation that Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., was indeed Barack Obama's running mate, cannot be blamed if their hearing is a little fuzzy today.
Rasmussen Reports:
39% Say Biden the Right Choice, Women Less Enthusiastic  —  On the day that Barack Obama announced Joe Biden as his running mate, 39% of voters said he made the right choice.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 25% disagreed and another 35% are not sure.
Washington Wire:
New McCain Ad Uses Clinton Attacks  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race in Springfield, Ill.  —  No sooner had Barack Obama publicly announced his new running mate had John McCain's campaign produced an attack ad asking: Why not Hillary?  —  “Passed Over” will hit the airwaves at (you guessed it) 3 a.m. Sunday.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Clinton Featured in McCain's Latest Ad
Discussion: The Impolitic and GINA COBB
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden got Obama call during root canal
Lynn Sweet:   The launch of the Obama-Biden ticket in Springfield.  Obama speech text.
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.
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 …
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?
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Some Comic Relief And A Real Problem  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Provided by Frank Rich: … Of course, Rich is so for Obama, that he hurts him like this: … Relatedly, Todd Beeton provides an interesting anecdote from Denver: … It is this arrogance that could sink Obama's campaign.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Last Call for Change We Can Believe In
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