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5:00 AM ET, August 11, 2008


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Charles King / Christian Science Monitor:
RUSSO-GEORGIAN CONFLICT IS NOT ALL RUSSIA'S FAULT  —  But war could ignite further disputes in the region. … Following a series of provocative attacks in its secessionist region of South Ossetia late last week, Georgia launched an all-out attempt to reestablish control in the tiny enclave.
Nathan Gardels / The Huffington Post:
Brzezinski: Russia's Invasion of Georgia Is Reminiscent of Stalin's Attack of 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.
New York Times:
On Slog to Safety, Seething at West  —  GORI, Georgia — In retreat, the Georgian soldiers were so tired they could not keep from stumbling.  Their arms were loaded with rucksacks and ammunition boxes; they had dark circles under their eyes.  Officers ran up and down the line, barking for them to go faster.
Michael J. Totten:
The Explosive Caucasus  —  Just as I'm ready to board a plane …
Discussion: A Blog For All
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's VP choice imminent via website, e-mail, text message  —  Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is on vacation in Hawaii tonight.  We believe.  But, thanks to loyal Ticket reader Mark, just minutes ago we learned that the freshman senator's presidential campaign …
Associated Press:
Clinton to headline second night of convention  —  Obama campaign is seeking to avoid hard feelings among Clinton backers  —  HONOLULU - Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline her own night at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's campaign announced Sunday in a nod …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
2008 Democratic National Convention News:
The 2008 Convention: Americans Gathering To Change The Course Of A Nation  —  Democrats Announce Headline Speakers, Kicking Off Week-Long Convention Programming Roll-Out  —  DENVER - The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America Campaign today announced the headline speakers for the 2008 Convention.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Michelle Obama: Headliner opening night
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton told to portray Obama as foreign
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Chelsea bumps Bubba to introduce Hil
Fox News:
Democrats Shrug Off Edwards' Affair, Paternity Questions  —  WASHINGTON — While many questions remain unanswered regarding John Edwards' affair with a woman he hired to produce videos of him, some Democrats are already writing off the impact of the news.  —  Edwards, who admitted on Friday …
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
87°  —  The rise and fall of John Edwards
Sarah Blustain / The New Republic:
Life Sentence  —  Stop kidding yourself: John McCain is a pro-life zealot.  —  John McCain was mad.  Fuming mad.  It was then the early days of his political career, and he had paid an unscheduled visit to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Mesa, which was within his Arizona congressional district.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Isaac Hayes, 65, a Creator of '70s Soul Style, Dies  —  Isaac Hayes, the singer and songwriter whose luxurious, strutting funk arrangements in songs like “Theme From ‘Shaft’ ” defined the glories and excesses of soul music in the early 1970s, died on Sunday in East Memphis, Tenn. He was 65.
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Beijing Olympic 2008 opening ceremony giant firework footprints ‘faked’  —  Parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday were faked because of fears over live filming, it has emerged.  —  As the ceremony got under way with a dramatic, drummed countdown …
Discussion: James Fallows
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Science close to unveiling invisible man  —  INVISIBILITY devices, long the realm of science fiction and fantasy, have moved closer after scientists engineered a material that can bend visible light around objects.  —  The breakthrough could lead to systems for rendering anything from people …
Discussion: and Truthdig
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Angelina Jolie's Endorsement  —  It may seem as if most entertainment industry figures are aligning with Barack Obama and just a few with John McCain, but there are still a handful of famous names who are still on the fence.  And both campaigns are well aware of one star who stands out among the undecideds: Angelina Jolie.
Discussion: TalkLeft and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  United States President and Leader of the Free World, George W. Bush, and daughter Barbara Bush attend the National Aquatics Center on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.  By Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.
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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Russ Feingold not making life easy for DNC
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Daily Mail:
How Clooney offers good friend Obama advice on issues from body language to Iraq
Radical Islamist to Appear at Democrat Convention ‘Interfaith Service’
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Doug Ross
New York Times:
Energy Fictions  —  A toxic combination of $4 gasoline …
Thers / Firedoglake:
Damn Foulmouthed Liberals...
John Ellis / Fresno Bee:
Voters in Valley fleeing the GOP
Discussion: D-Day
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The View From Your Window  —  Beijing, China, 4.30 pm.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
But He Gave Up Golf  —  US President George W. Bush plays beach …
Discussion: Althouse
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's the answer to this?  —  A commenter here on Friday noted …
Mohammed Abbas / Reuters:
Iraq demands “very clear” U.S. troop timeline
Lawrence Schumacher / St. Cloud Times:
Veteran gets one-on-one chat with Franken