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4:55 PM ET, August 11, 2008


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Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Did McCain Plagiarize His Speech on the Georgia Crisis?  —  A Wikipedia editor emailed Political Wire to point out some similarities between Sen. John McCain's speech today on the crisis in Georgia and the Wikipedia article on the country Georgia.  They appear similar enough that most people …
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Putin Makes His Move  —  The details of who did what to precipitate Russia's war against Georgia are not very important.  Do you recall the precise details of the Sudeten Crisis that led to Nazi Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia?  Of course not, because that morally ambiguous dispute …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Will Russia Get Away With It?  —  In August 1924, the small nation of Georgia, occupied by Soviet Russia since 1921, rose up against Soviet rule.  On Sept. 16, 1924, The Times of London reported on an appeal by the president of the Georgian Republic to the League of Nations.
Jonathan Martin / Yahoo! News:
McCain warns Russians of “severe, long-term negative consequences”  —  Hoping to further burnish his commander-in-chief credentials while his rival is on vacation and the president is abroad, John McCain appeared before cameras this morning to offer a lengthy primer on the crisis in the Caucasus …
Discussion: D-Day and A Fistful Of Euros
Joe Klein / Swampland:
It's Raining Nazis—Continued  —  When a column starts off like this: … ...the author has got to be a neoconservative pushing for the next war.  In this case, it's Robert Kagan, girding for a new twilight struggle with the Sovi...uh, sorry: that was a couple of twilight struggles ago...Russia.
Ben / Think Progress:
Neocons Call For U.S. To Launch War With Russia  —  Today the New York Times reports that Russia is escalating its war with Georgia, “moving tanks and troops through the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and advancing toward the city of Gori in central Georgia” and even bombing parts of Tibilisi, the Georgian captial.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Is Maximum Pressure?  —  Washington Times calls …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   It's Munich!  —  Ah, yes, Kristol and Kagan just haul …
Mary Jacoby / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Adviser Was Lobbyist for Georgia
Discussion: The Caucus
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
In Georgia and Russia, a Perfect Brew for a Blowup
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Medvedev: Operations in Georgia Almost Complete
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
As Russia goes to war, McCain camp sees benefit
Discussion: Telegraph and Hullabaloo
Wolfson: Edwards' Cover-up Cost Clinton the Nomination  —  Aides Say She Would Have Won Iowa if Edwards Affair was Exposed  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year …
Nate /
Why Howard Wolfson is Out of a Job  —  Not to re-litigate the Primary Wars — we're in a snarky mood this morning — but Howard Wolfson tells ABC News that, were it not for John Edwards, Hillary Clinton would have beaten Barack Obama in Iowa: … Iowa actually didn't turn out to be that close …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Firedoglake
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Plans for Clinton convention rallies intensify
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Clinton aide: If affair pushed Edwards out, she would have won
Discussion: The Swamp, TalkLeft and Open Left
TPM Election Central:
Obama Wisconsin Radio Ad Attacks McCain Over Harley Quip  —  To our knowledge the Obama campaign didn't release it to the national press, but Team Obama is airing a new radio spot in Wisconsin — the home of Harley-Davidson — attacking John McCain over his recent quip at a biker rally …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
7 worrisome signs for Obama  —  A few weeks back, Time magazine was musing that John McCain was in danger of sliding from “a long shot” to a “no-shot.”  Around the same time, a hard-nosed former Hillary Clinton insider declared the race “effectively over” thanks to the McCain campaign's ineptitude …
McCain campaigns with VP contender in battleground state
Dan / Riehl World View:
RWV Excl: McCain Caught In Photo With Younger Woman … “I want John McCain,” the young strawberry-blond now confides to anyone who will listen, just days after spending hours of primping, riding in a car and waiting in line under the hot sun to enter a steamy town hall in the Midwest where …
Breaking news: New documents show Obama cover-up on born-alive survivors bill  —  UPDATE, 10:22a:Michelle Malkin has linked to my post.  —  UPDATE, 9:50a: Kathryn Lopez of National Review on line is Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee drew my attention to a previously unnoticed Barack …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Obama and the Born-Alive Act
Discussion: Salon and
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Color-Coded Campaign  —  Why isn't Obama doing better in the polls?  The answer no one wants to hear.  —  From the eleventh-floor headquarters of Barack Obama's campaign on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, 2008 looks a lot like 1980—with the ideological polarities reversed.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
25 Hints You're Not Voting for Obama  —  Today's Rasmussen daily tracking poll has 80% of Democrats supporting Obama and 87% of Republicans supporting McCain.  There are still a healthy number of undecideds.  This conflicts with the stream of media reports that Obamacons, evangelicals …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Megan McArdle:
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Sheer genius  —  This is the post during which you find out about my criminal record.  I've tried to hide it for too long.  Now it looks like it is all coming back to haunt me.  And I'd rather you heard about it from my keyboard.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Three Day Itch  —  One thing a week's vacation from blogging helps …
Discussion: Balkinization
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Bob Kerrey: McCain “Can Deal With Crisis”
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Drill, Drill, Drill Is on a Roll, Roll, Roll
The Independent:
‘To greens, I was worse than a child abuser’
Discussion: Guardian and Flopping Aces
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
David Axelrod turns McCain's cabin into Tara
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
And Al Gore Helps the Right, Yet Again
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain, Obama: Running mate bounce
Discussion: Gallup and Top of the Ticket
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Provocateurism, 6  —  Longtime readers of this site …
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Yeah, Obama is inexperienced, arrogant ... and?
Marc Ambinder:
At The Convention, McCain In The Round
American Prospect:
Bush Rejects Bushism
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Interview of the President by Bob Costas, NBC Sports
Discussion: Swampland
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama to McCain: Who's the ‘celebrity?’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can It Happen Here?  —  The draft Democratic Party platform …

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