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11:30 AM ET, August 25, 2008

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William Kristol / New York Times:
A Joe of His Own?  —  The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced the midday calm here on Saturday, as Barack Obama confirmed that his vice presidential choice was not Clinton, who got about 18 million votes this year running against him, but rather Joe Biden, who gained the support …
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CNN:
CNN poll: Post-Biden poll shows dead heat  —  DENVER, Colorado (CNN) — It's a dead heat in the race for the White House.  The first national poll conducted entirely after Barack Obama publicly named Joe Biden as his running mate suggests that battle for the presidency between the Illinois senator …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Camp Pressed Hard For a Slot on the Ticket  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate reached a pivotal point in a secret meeting on the night of Aug. 6.  Sen. Biden was whisked into a Minneapolis hotel room through …
Discussion: TIME.com
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats Field a Liberal Dream Team  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, Barack Obama's choice as his vice presidential running mate, may be the most well-liked person in Washington.  He's affable and gregarious and nice to everybody, including the press and Republicans.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Praise of McCain could haunt Biden  —  Within three hours of the announcement that Joe Biden would be Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate, their Republican rival John McCain was up with a striking ad highlighting Biden's praise for McCain.  —  And there's plenty more where that came from.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Experience Is Double-Edged Sword for The Ticket
Discussion: Commentary
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Maybe Biden was angry in the debate?
Discussion: Power Line
The Politico:
Exclusive: Obama- Clinton feud reignites  —  DENVER — As Democrats arrived here Sunday for a convention intended to promote party unity, mistrust and resentments continued to boil among top associates of presumptive nominee Barack Obama and his defeated rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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Sean Wilentz / Newsweek:
A Liberal's Lament  —  To win, Obama must convince the country that he is a man of substance, not just style.  History suggests this won't be easy.  —  A Bold Agenda: Kennedy, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960, outlined the framework of his New Deal update, the New Frontier, to a standing ovation
Marc Ambinder:
A Flare-Up Between Hillaryland and Denver  —  Politico's editor in chief and a colleague report on tension between the Clinton and Obama camps over Bill Clinton's speech.  I've downplayed reports of tensions in the past.  But sources back up the Politico to a point: things are getting …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
I'm a Brilliant, Original, and Idiosyncratic Thinker But Don't Ever Disagree With Me  —  Much like Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, I write for a living.  Primarily about U.S. politics and public policy.  I write about these things because I think they're important.
The New Republic:
McCain Campaign Tries the Chicken Prank  —  I almost feel like a dupe writing about the second pro-Hillary ad McCain released today at 6am: It's a stunt, a trick meant to keep him in the press during the Democratic convention and gin up more Hillary-Obama-tension media storylines.  Message: neener neener neener.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Don Surber
New York Times:
Obama Aides Defend Bank's Pay to Biden Son  —  During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years …
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Kennedy plans to address DNC  —  In a development that is sure to bring the house down, US Senator Edward M. Kennedy is expected to attend the Democratic National Convention, most likely to deliver a speech tomorrow night.  —  Kennedy is battling brain cancer, and his doctors are said to be worried …
Little Green Footballs:
Zombie: The Denver Games — Opening Ceremony  —  Although the Democratic National Convention doesn't start until today, Monday, August 25, the protests against the convention started the day before on Sunday.  —  The PJM/LGF/zombietime photo team had not yet arrived in Denver …
New York Times:
In Nuclear Net's Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals  —  The president of Switzerland stepped to a podium in Bern last May and read a statement confirming rumors that had swirled through the capital for months.  The government, he acknowledged, had indeed destroyed a huge trove of computer files …
Discussion: At-Largely
Washington Wire:
Pelosi on Natural Gas: Fossil Fuel or Not?  —  John D. McKinnon reports on Nancy Pelosi's statements on energy.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's message on energy, already evolving in recent weeks, might have to evolve a little more.  —  On NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday …
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:   Drilling Boom Revives Hopes for Natural Gas
 
 
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and TalkLeft
Karen Auge / Denver Post:
Protesters: To the streets  —  In numbers much lower than expected …
Discussion: Think Progress
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