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Friday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: An ad that's fun, but probably not that effective. After all, what's it really about?

House Democrats reserve nearly $35 million worth of TV ads in hopes of gains in Nov. elections

German govt. says Obama visit being worked out, quiet on possible Brandenburg Gate speech

McCain’s Vietnam cellmate a longtime supporter of GOP candidate — and a foe of Democrats

Barack Obama discusses energy with voters in Dayton, Ohio. John McCain focuses on the economic challenges that women in business faces at a town-hall meeting in Hudson, Wis.
“I made it clear to him and everybody else, I never worked for anybody in my life. I got here when I was 29. I never had a boss. I don’t know how I’d handle it.” — Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on whether Barack Obama or his team had approached him about the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket.
Some 39 percent of voters called themselves Democratic, 29 percent Republican, and 32 percent independent in AP-Yahoo News poll taken last month.

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