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6:25 PM ET, August 10, 2008


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New York Times:
Russian Troops Tighten Hold on Georgia  —  GORI, Georgia — Russian troops that had poured into the disputed territory of South Ossetia moved up to the border with Georgia on Sunday, as the conflict appeared to be developing into the worst clashes between Russia and a foreign military since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
Daily Mail:
The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular  —  The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West.  —  After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WAR IN GEORGIA: THE OIL ANGLE  —  News reports indicate that Russia may have tried to bomb the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which runs through Georgia.  If so, the bombs missed, and flow of oil through the pipeline was not interrupted.  The BTC pipeline runs from the Caspian Sea …
Discussion: and Eunomia
Nathan Gardels / The Huffington Post:
BRZEZINSKI: RUSSIA'S INVASION OF GEORGIA IS REMINISCENT OF STALIN'S ATTACK ON FINLAND  —  On Sunday I talked with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the elder statesman who was national security  —  advisor to President Jimmy Carter, about the Russian invasion of Georgia.  He long tangled with Soviet power.
Georgia: Russia demands to be regarded as number one
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain prescient on Russia?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton told to portray Obama as foreign  —  Mark Penn, the top campaign strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, advised her to portray Barack Obama as having a “limited” connection “to basic American values and culture,” according to a forthcoming article in The Atlantic.
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Feingold remains a McCain admirer  —  He favors Obama's views but likes GOP candidate  —  Washington - If Republican John McCain needs someone to vouch for his independence, he could easily do worse than Senate colleague Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, a liberal Democrat from a key battleground state.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Clinton supporters at Democratic meeting fail in bid to end caucus system  —  The party's platform committee sets aside the caucus amendment, saying the rules committee will deal with it.  The new draft party platform is a mixed bag.  —  PITTSBURGH — Hillary Rodham Clinton loyalists tried Saturday …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Radio Iowa
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Russ Feingold not making life easy for DNC
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Compromise Platform Draft Goes to Democratic Convention
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Corrente and TalkLeft
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
87°  —  The rise and fall of John Edwards  —  When veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum first met John Edwards in 1997, he saw in the accomplished trial lawyer a raw political talent.  —  “I called my partners and said.  ‘I think I just met a future president of the United States,’” Shrum recalls.
Discussion: The Corner and
New York Post:
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
But He Gave Up Golf  —  US President George W. Bush plays beach volleyball with US beach volleyball player Misty May Treanor during a visit to the US team at Beijing's Chaoyang Park Beach on August 9, 2008.  By Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images.  An even classier pic can be seen here.
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Pres. Bush declines to slap Misty May-Treanor's bikinied butt  —  President George W. Bush, who played baseball, coached Little League, owned a big league team and watches the Texas Rangers at every opportunity, can't stay away from the U.S. teams at the Beijing Olympic games.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
US Election 2008: The joke is finally on Barack Obama  —  Have you heard the one about the presidential candidate who was once so popular that comedians were frightened to make jokes about him?  —  The punchline is this: the more seriously he took himself, the more Barack Obama has become a laughing matter.
Mohammed Abbas / Reuters:
Iraq demands “very clear” U.S. troop timeline  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States must provide a “very clear timeline” to withdraw its troops from Iraq as part of an agreement allowing them to stay beyond this year, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Sunday.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S., Iraq Remain Unresolved On Dates for U.S. Troop Pullout
John Ellis / Fresno Bee:
Voters in Valley fleeing the GOP  —  Republican Party rapidly losing its advantage in registration after reaching its peak in 2004.  —  The Republican Party, which overtook Valley Democrats in voter registration totals eight years ago, is losing ground for the first time in at least a decade.
Discussion: D-Day
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's the answer to this?  —  A commenter here on Friday noted what appears to be a rather glaring contradiction in the case against Bruce Ivins.  In response to criticisms that the FBI's case contains no evidence placing Ivins in New Jersey, where the anthrax letters were sent …
Thers / Firedoglake:
Damn Foulmouthed Liberals...  The Washington Times discovers that liberal bloggers curse more frequently than conservative bloggers.  This is of course by now an ancient subject within the blogosphere; you may recall that we've been down this road before, more than once.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Russia plays for keeps
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