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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden got Obama call during root canal  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - Joe Biden got the call from Barack Obama while undergoing a root canal.  —  As he sat in a dental chair Thursday, Biden received word that Obama was on the line and interrupted the procedure …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FOURNIER IS AT IT AGAIN.... The latest piece from Ron Fournier, the AP's Washington bureau chief and the man responsible for directing the wire service's coverage of the presidential campaign, on Joe Biden joining the Democratic ticket, is drawing a fair amount of attention this morning.
Anita Thompson / TalkLeft:
Brooding on Biden  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Okay, I just arrived …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Lindsay Renick Mayer / OpenSecrets.org:
The Money Behind Biden
Rasmussen Reports:
Biden Viewed Favorably by 43%, Seen as Politically Liberal by 41%
Discussion: Guardian
CNN:
Some in Clinton circle ‘outraged’  —  (CNN) — Evan as Hillary Clinton praised the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket Saturday, some in her circle are furious Barack Obama did not appear to give the New York Democrat serious consideration for the No. 2 spot, or even ask for her consultation on the matter.
Discussion: American Spectator
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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.
Discussion: NO QUARTER
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Flopping Aces
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Biden on McCain  —  Kudos to the McCain campaign for having …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Text Message  —  Carl Cameron was just saying on FNC that some Dems think the 3:00 AM text message announcing the Biden pick might have been a veiled thwack at Hillary for her “3:00 AM ad.”  The guys as First Read also noted the timing of the message, though they don't suggest it's deliberate.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The 3:00 AM Thing, Cont'd
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com and Commentary
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Why 3 a.m.?  —  Less than two weeks ago, Obama campaign manager …
Discussion: Hot Air and TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: New York Times
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
McCain Counters With...  Romney, of course.  The same factors in Romney's favor — pull in Michigan, Nevada, Colorado and New Hampshire, the energy brought by his organization— are still there, but the pick of Biden calls for a very experienced debater as the only thing Slow Joe …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
A Democratic Leader on Foreign Policy, in Iraq and, Earlier, the Balkans  —  WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration was fine-tuning its plan to invade Iraq, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. helped draft a proposed resolution that emphasized the need for diplomatic efforts to dismantle Saddam …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Obama-Biden 2008  —  I have now watched and read Senator Biden's speech in Springfield earlier today.  From the perspective of the craft of speechwriting, it was quite a thing to behold.  —  In a speech of just over 16 minutes, Biden used, by my count, the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” 18 times.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Does This Really Tell Us?  —  Leaving aside all the necessary gaming of how this affects the election, what does the selection of Biden tell us about Obama's potential decision-making as president?  This is the second big decision of the national campaign (the first was opting out of public financing).
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Vetted Judges More Likely to Reject Asylum Bids  —  WASHINGTON — Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States have been disproportionately rejected by judges that the Bush administration chose using a conservative political litmus test, according to an analysis of Justice Department data.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Flashback: The obligatory “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do” clip  —  “There's a bit of C-SPAN tape that should surface quickly if he's named,” predicted Kaus two days ago, and now — courtesy of C-SPAN, no less — here it is.  Read Ed's post from Thursday before you click …
Discussion: Biased BBC and The Other McCain
Chicago Sun Times:
U. of C. shunning poor patients?  —  Sen. Barack Obama's wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don't have private insurance — primarily poor, black people — to other health care facilities.
Lindsay Beyerstein / Majikthise:
AP's Ron Fournier may command speaking fees of up to $10,000  —  The Washington Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, Ron Fournier, may command speaker's fees of up to $10,000 per appearance.  —  As of this writing, Fournier appears to be available for booking through the All American Talent & Celebrity Network's website.
 
 
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