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4:40 AM ET, August 12, 2008


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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S FECKLESS RESPONSE TO THE RUSSIAN INVASION.  —  It is impossible to think about the Russian assault on Georgia without feeling like a heartless bastard or a romantic fool.  Should we just let Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev roll their tanks into Tbilisi in recognition …
Times of London:
Georgian army flees in disarray as Russians advance  —  The Georgian Army was in complete disarray last night after troops and tanks fled the town of Gori in panic and abandoned it to the Russians without firing a shot.  —  As Russian armoured columns rolled deep into central and western Georgia …
Daily Mail:
Georgia ‘overrun’ by Russian troops as full-scale ground invasion begins  —  Georgian officials tonight claimed the country had been ‘overrun’ by Russian troops after a full-scale ground invasion.  —  Amid reports that Moscow forces had taken the town of Gori - and were marching on the capital Tsblisi …
Russian troops close in on Georgian capital
Discussion: The Lede
Scott Horton / Harper's:   Georgia on My Mind  —  Today America's media continues …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Russia Steps Up Its Push; West Faces Tough Choices
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Salon Radio: Professor Charles King on Russia/Georgia
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Bush: Russians looking to depose Georgian government; Update: Video added
Eric Martin / Obsidian Wings:
Leaving, on a [Military] Jet Plane
Discussion: and D-Day
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
President Bush to Russia: Back off Georgia
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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.  Given the closeness of the words and sentence structure …
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Defining Plagiarism Down?  —  Taegan Goddard is getting a lot of attention from the leftosphere right now for posting allegations that John McCain's campaign lifted text from the Wikipedia article about Georgia (the nation-state, not the U.S. state).  But as a writer and former professional journalist …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   PRESUMPTUOUS  —  I see George “Macaca” Allen is on Fox explaining …
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:   A case of plagiarism
Financial Times:
McCain condemnation upstages Bush
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Front-Runner's Fall  —  For all that has been written and said about Hillary Clinton's epic collapse in the Democratic primaries, one issue still nags.  Everybody knows what happened.  But we still don't have a clear picture of how it happened, or why.
Marc Ambinder:
The Clinton Campaign Memos
Associated Press:
Report: Clinton told to cast Obama as un-American
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sid Lowe / Guardian:
Olympics: Spain's eye-catching faux pas  —  Spain's Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures.  The advert for a courier company, which is an official sponsor of the Spanish Basketball Federation …
Discussion: and On Deadline
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Web Ad: “Hot Chicks Dig Obama”  —  The latest McCain Web ad takes the “Celeb” tag to a whole new low — it proclaims that “Hot chicks dig Obama”:  —  “We know he doesn't have much experience, and isn't ready to lead, but that doesn't mean he isn't dreamy,” says the announcer …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Iowa Presidential Election  —  Race tightens in Iowa, but Obama Still Ahead 46% to 41%  —  John McCain has cut Barack Obama's lead in Iowa in half over the past month but still trails the Democrat 46% to 41%, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
An Indiana Democrat Offers Risks and Rewards  —  WASHINGTON — As the Senate debate on the use of force against Iraq neared its climax in October 2002, Senator John McCain turned on the floor to Senator Evan Bayh to ask what had led him to take such “a visible, as well as important” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
More Fun With the Dumbest People on the Internet  —  It's been a while since I suited up and dumpster-dived in the Obama conspiracyverse.  In my absence, I reckon that the average IQ there has dipped by 20-25 points.  Take this latest revelation from Larry “Whitey Tape” Johnson. … Incredible!
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 …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Pelosi indicates openness to offshore drilling vote  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night dropped her staunch opposition to a vote on offshore oil drilling in the House.  —  Republicans, reacting to high gas prices, have demanded a vote on additional oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf …
Discussion: Truthdig
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S MEMOS  —  In a sense the revelations of Mark Penn's ‘xenophobia’ memos is old news, a post-mortem on a campaign that was all-consuming three months ago and now part of history.  But seeing the memos beyond the message is instructive, highly instructive for another reason.
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 …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
Just Think How Much Stimulation We'll Need If the Economy Ever Stops Growing!
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Obama Plans Novel VP Announcement TXT
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rice refuses to ‘interrupt her holidays’ to deal with Georgian conflict.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking Back The Campaign Nominee
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Edwards Money Man Raising Cash for Obama?
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Looking for V.P. Clues in Pennsylvania
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Discussion: Commentary and Gateway Pundit
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BUMP IT UP  —  Having found most pundits to be incorrigible morons …
Star Bulletin:
Taking in paradise  —  Barack Obama jogs along the beach …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality
Megan McArdle:
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Sheer genius
Dan / Riehl World View:
RWV Excl: McCain Caught In Photo With Younger Woman
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Why Howard Wolfson is Out of a Job