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5:20 PM ET, August 12, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OY  —  From the Journal ...  It's genuinely hard to know where to start with this sort of nonsense.  To say that Randy has a conflict of interest misses the point.  And I'd hope that's not the argument the Obama campaign is trying to make.  The point is that Randy was running point …
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Lieberman: Obama Has Not Always Put Country First  —  YORK, Pa. - One of the McCain campaign's new themes, that Senator John McCain has always put his country first, has been seem by some analysts as a subtle suggestion that his opponent, Senator Barack Obama, has not.
New York Times:
Russia Says It Has Ordered Halt to Georgia Military Action  —  MOSCOW — President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia announced Tuesday that he had ordered a halt to his country's military operation in Georgia, although he did not say that troops were pulling out and he insisted that Russian forces …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain: Putin wants ‘to restore the old Russian empire’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Wonkette
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Mukasey Won't Pursue Charges in Hiring Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Tuesday rejected the idea of criminally prosecuting former Justice Department employees who improperly used political litmus tests in hiring decisions, saying he had already taken strong internal steps in response to a “painful” episode.
Mark J. Penn / The Politico:
Negative ads: They really do work  —  Clever negative advertising works.  That is reality.  —  The tactic meets with media and pundit disapproval and spawns accusations of negativity, but the reality is that a clever negative ad can be devastatingly effective.
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Backers want Clinton nominated at convention
Discussion: Right Voices and Hot Air
Keating Holland / CNN:
Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned
Discussion: Washington Wire and Spin Cycle
James Fallows:
David Brooks from Chengdu: my lord  —  Some of his pensees: … This is the kind of thing you can say only if you have not the slightest inkling of how completely different a billion-plus people can be from one another.  Beijingers from Shanghainese, Guangdong entrepreneurs from farmers in Sichuan …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Harmony and the Dream  —  The world can be divided in many ways — rich and poor, democratic and authoritarian — but one of the most striking is the divide between the societies with an individualist mentality and the ones with a collectivist mentality.  —  This is a divide that goes deeper …
Washington Post:
‘Snake Oil’  —  Debunking three ‘truths’ about offshore drilling  —  THE NATURAL Resources Defense Council Action Fund has taken out full-page ads in this newspaper and others to decry offshore drilling for oil as “George W. Bush's Gasoline Price Elixir” that is “100% Snake Oil.”
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
GOP Rep. To Environmentalists: Jesus Already Saved The Planet  —  We like to keep track of the, er, intriguing sayings of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the Christian Right champion from Minnesota.  But this latest is really out there — Bachmann says we don't need pesky environmentalists …
Discussion: CNN and Think Progress
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Jim Brown / OneNewsNow.com:
GOP floor revolt over inaction continues
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Two Cheers for Russia's Invasion of Georgia  —  The thoughts of a former expert on the former Soviet Union—that would be me, to crib a line from geopolitical guru Thomas Barnett—about the Russian invasion of Georgia:  —  1) It would be great if clarity came cheap.  Sometimes it does, but often it doesn't.
Discussion: The Corner and Reason Magazine
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
This is only one of John McCain's 8 or 9 (or 10) houses  —  Hey, nothing wrong with being filthy rich.  Just stop playing the regular guy, going after your opponent's supposedly elite life, when you and your wife combined are worth $100 million and you can't even remember how many homes you own.
Discussion: D-Day and Matthew Yglesias
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Today's Campaign Contest: Count the Young White Women in McCain's Anti-Obama Video  —  How many young white women professing adoration for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, can you count in this anti-Obama web video that the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, was sending out yesterday?
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Sullivan's Travels  —  In a post early this morning, Andrew Sullivan concludes with this: … This highlighted statement is an astonishing one.  The clear implication is that what America did in going to war with Iraq is the moral equivalent of what Russia has done to Georgia.
James Risen / New York Times:
Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says  —  WASHINGTON — The United States this year will have spent $100 billion on contractors in Iraq since the invasion in 2003, a milestone that reflects the Bush administration's unprecedented level of dependence on private firms for help in the war …
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Andrew Tilghman / TPMMuckraker:
Massive Private Contractors' Role In Iraq Documented By New Congressional Report
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Brent Budowsky / Editor and Publisher:
Target Obama: Why The Press Must Fact-Check Campaign Claims  —  What is the responsibility of reporters, editors and publishers when a candidate is the target of a campaign of attack and personal destruction employing the systematic use of lies, smears, innuendo and character assassination?
Richard T. Cullen / The Politico:
Enthusiasm gap plagues GOP convention  —  While excitement is building for a Democratic Party convention capped by Barack Obama's historic acceptance speech before a sold-out, 75,000-seat football stadium, the GOP convention the following week is shaping up to be a considerably more staid affair …
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Jim Leach endorses Obama  —  “It's been a very difficult thing for me because I've never endorsed a Democrat before...but sometimes in life you come to a juncture where it's very clear the national interest trumps party discipline,” former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach said in a noontime interview with Radio Iowa.
Discussion: MyDD, TigerHawk and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Celebrities Fight Back  —  Obama's celebrity friends are bringing …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Paul Bedard / US News:
Obama Salute Creator Hits Back at Critics
The Barna Group:
Presidential Race Tightens as Faith Voters Rethink
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Supports Tax Breaks For Oil Industry — But Not For Wind Power
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Appeals court upholds CIA leak lawsuit dismissal
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Macsmind
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Russia Complies With The One  —  On Fox this morning …
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Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Floods Florida Airwaves
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama's ‘no income taxes on seniors’ draws critics
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A Tad Short Of 99%  —  Every sex scandal, it seems …
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Leadership
Michelle Malkin:
Foreclosure sob story of the morning
Bing West / Wall Street Journal:
The War in Iraq Is Over. What Next?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In a Changing Corner of Pa., a Glimpse of Obama's Age Problem
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's Power Play
 

 
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