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10:45 AM ET, August 20, 2008

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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Ads in Key States Go on Attack  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama has started a sustained and hard-hitting advertising campaign against Senator John McCain in states that will be vital this fall, painting Mr. McCain in a series of commercials as disconnected from the economic struggles of the middle class.
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Obama and McCain in a statistical tie
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN poll of polls: Obama lead cut in half
Discussion: Commentary and NO QUARTER
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What Did We Expect?  —  If the conflict in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin.  The silver medal for bone-headed recklessness would go to Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal …
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Mikhail Gorbachev / New York Times:
Russia Never Wanted a War  —  THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces' assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us.  But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks …
Discussion: Salon, The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
Sergey Lavrov / Wall Street Journal:
America Must Choose Between Georgia and Russia
Discussion: QandO and Right Wing News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Risk of the Zinger
Discussion: The RBC
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Two Against The One  —  In the dead of night in a small hideaway office in the deserted Capitol, a clandestine meeting takes place between two senators with one goal.  —  They grin at each other as they lift their celebratory shots of brutally cold Stolichnaya.
Discussion: Commentary and Whiskey Fire
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Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Local Clinton backers, McCain adviser meet  —  A brother of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and local Democrats who backed her unsuccessful presidential campaign socialized privately Monday with a top surrogate of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Marc Ambinder:
Your VP, Senator.  What Will “He” Be Like?  —  Sen. Barack Obama usually describes his vice presidential nominee with two pronouns joined by a conjunction... “he or she.”  Tonight, in North Carolina, according to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, Obama was gender specific.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
McCain scores a bump from Saddleback  —  He clashed with their leaders in his 2000 campaign.  He struggled to gain their votes during the 2008 primaries.  And he still doesn't spend much time talking about the issues they consider most important.  —  But after Saturday night's televised forum …
Discussion: QandO
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Talk of McCain's No. 2 Concerns Conservatives
Nick Pisa / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's ‘lost’ brother found in Kenya  —  Senator Barack Obama's long lost brother has been tracked down for the first time living in a shanty town in Kenya, reports claimed.  —  The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Just call me, ‘Political Animal’  —  Now that my friend Kevin Drum has made the announcement, I can pass along the big news.  —  Starting this Friday, Aug. 22, Kevin will be leaving the Washington Monthly, heading over to a new blog at Mother Jones.  He'll be replaced at Political Animal by ... me.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
MOVING TIME....I have some news to share: on Friday …
Discussion: TBogg and The Democratic Daily
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS BLOCKBUSTER NEW EXPOSE!  —  The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's exclusive ongoing investigation uncovers shocking new revelations about The John Edwards Scandal!  —  The day prior to Edwards bombshell admission to an affair on ABC's Nightline, Rielle Hunter and her 6 month old daughter …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Corner and DBKP
Bill Carter / TV Decoder:
Rachel Maddow to Replace Dan Abrams on MSNBC  —  Rachel Maddow, shown filling in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown” last month.  Ms. Maddow will host the 9 p.m. hour beginning Sept. 8.  (Ress Greenberg/ New York Times)  —  Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election …
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show
Discussion: Towleroad.com and American Power
David Freddoso / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Played by Chicago Rules  —  Democrats don't like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.  —  By clearing out the incumbent and the others in his first Democratic primary for state Senate …
Tim Montgomerie / America in the World's …:
A World Without The American Soldier  — The first World Without America video.  — A background briefing on the contribution of the US military to the world today.  — Please sign our global declaration against anti-Americanism.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:   Candidates' Abortion Views Not So Simple
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Citizens' U.S. Border Crossings Tracked  —  Data From Checkpoints To Be Kept for 15 Years  —  The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
PowerPAC: ‘What Matters’  —  The first general election spot from PowerPAC — basically the only independent Democratic player doing media at this point — casts Obama as a success story immigrants can identify with — “A new kind of leader, just like you.”  —  The ad is running in New Mexico, and starts airing tomorrow.
Juanita Cousins / Associated Press:
Researcher says bigfoot just a rubber gorilla suit  —  ATLANTA (AP) - Turns out Bigfoot was just a rubber suit.  Two researchers on a quest to prove the existence of Bigfoot say that the carcass encased in a block of ice - handed over to them for an undisclosed sum by two men who claimed to have found it …
Discussion: The Swamp and www.redstate.com
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CNN:
Bigfoot claim a fake, ex-enthusiast says
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Bye Bye Barry (Guest Voice)
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Jabari Asim / Mother Jones:
The Audacity of Hype?  —  NEWS: Is Barack Obama exaggerating …
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
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David Freddoso / The Corner:
Obama's Audacity in Using the L-word
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McClellan to Obama: Don't investigate us
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Talk About Audacity!