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From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger

THE SHORT LIST. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine tells NBC/NJ that he doesn't "have any idea about where the process is" for the selection of the vice presidential nominee, and that he has not spoken to Sen. Barack Obama "for a number of weeks, since before his trip." He also said the speculation is "kinda fun."

The latest in the pros and cons of  former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney: He could help Republicans in the West. He knows economics, has been vetted, and can throw and take a punch. 

VIDEO: A Race for the White House panel takes a look at potential running mates for Barack Obama and John McCain, including Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Conservative Catholic group Fidelis is going after Obama for possibly choosing a pro-abortion rights Catholic running mate -- Kaine or Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: They "would represent a major insult to Catholic voters who are still evaluating his candidacy ... The choice of a pro-abortion Catholic for vice president would deal a major blow to any efforts by the Obama campaign to reach out to Catholic voters," said Brian Burch, president of the group. 

ON THE RECORD. The Obama campaign announced Kathleen McGlynn, who was Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign chief of staff, will serve as deputy chief of staff for the forthcoming vice presidential candidate. And David Wade, who was spokesman for John Kerry in his 2004 presidential run, will be the vice president's traveling spokesman.

Romney told a Denver radio station he's not expecting a call: "I think there's some great people he could choose from and I expect he will do that. But I don't plan on being part of the ticket."

Gov. Charlie Crist was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" whether he was being vetted: "I can't discuss the process," he said. He also wouldn't answer whether he personally believes Obama wants to lose the war in Iraq.
 
WHAT THEY'RE DOING. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he has agreed to hold talks with Gen. James Jones, the Bush administration's liaison to building a security force for the Palestinian Authority. 

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson agreed to host two fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Clinton in New Mexico, to help retire her debt. 

Former Penn. Gov. Tom Ridge was named to the board of directors of Cernium Corp., a developer of video analytics-enabled products.  

BUZZ METER. The clout of Sebelius will be on display next week, when 41 state Senate and House race primaries take place in Kansas. Sebelius has backed the challenger to a three-term Democratic incumbent.

A look at the political activities of Nat Kaine, the governor's 18-year-old son, who campaigned for Obama last fall and will enroll in George Washington University in August.