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7:40 PM ET, August 12, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal  —  NEW YORK - No criminal prosecutions are planned for former Justice Department officials accused of allowing politics to influence the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday.
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Joey Michalakes / The Hill:
Mukasey will not prosecute in DoJ hiring scandal
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
Mukasey to Bar Association: “The System Failed”
Discussion: D-Day
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: Hot Air and Right Voices
Keating Holland / CNN:
Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Washington Wire:   Pro-Clinton Force Plans Protest in Denver
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Celebrities Fight Back  —  Obama's celebrity friends are bringing their considerable resources to bear in this election, hosting fundraisers at their estates in Geneva, offering advice on Middle East policy, and now threatening this campaign with legal action over our latest ad, “Fan Club.”
Frederick W. Kagan / understandingwar.org:
BACKGROUNDERS: SITUATION REPORT, RUSSO-GEORGIAN CONFLICT  —  Situation Report, Russo-Georgian Conflict  —  • Russia has announced a unilateral ceasefire because its operations have achieved their aims.  —  • Medvedev and Sarkozy have drafted a document that encapsulates …
Discussion: Telegraph, The Corner and Opinio Juris
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Guardian:
Surrender or else, Russia tells Georgia
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's Power Play
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?
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 …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Harmony and the Dream  —  The world can be divided in many ways …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 …
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.”
Star Bulletin:
Some politics, then some fun  —  Obama urges truce in Georgian conflict  —  Sen. Barack Obama condemned yesterday Russia's escalating warfare against Georgia, a former fellow Soviet state.  —  At the Kailua beachfront home where he was vacationing, the presumptive Democratic nominee …
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Rasmussen Reports:
59% see Russian Invasion of Georgia as Threat
On Politics:
Sen. Hagel won't be endorsing a presidential candidate  —  Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican who is one of John McCain's closest friends — but who has been mentioned as a potential running mate for Democrat Barack Obama — is sitting out the presidential contest, according to his spokesman, Jordan Stark.
The Barna Group:
Presidential Race Tightens as Faith Voters Rethink  —  Their Preference  —  (Ventura, California) - A new nationwide survey of people's candidate preference conducted by The Barna Group some movement over the past two months, with Sen. Obama maintaining a substantial 43% to 34% lead among …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
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.
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Appeals court upholds CIA leak lawsuit dismissal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed former CIA analyst Valerie Plame's lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and several former Bush administration officials for disclosing her identity to the public.
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.
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Support for Third-Party Candidates Appears Limited Thus Far
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Empty Promise  —  Senator John Kerry was on the phone …
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
POW mate calls McCain ‘liar’ over ‘turncoat’ charge
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mark Penn's Playbook for McCain
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and TIME.com
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Olympic ceremony singer was fake
Ken Fireman / Bloomberg:
Stevens Charges Leave Alaska Republicans in Meltdown
Paul Bedard / US News:
Obama Salute Creator Hits Back at Critics
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Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
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Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Russia Complies With The One  —  On Fox this morning …
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Floods Florida Airwaves
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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A Tad Short Of 99%  —  Every sex scandal, it seems …
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Foreclosure sob story of the morning
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