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8:40 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 …
Star Bulletin:   Some politics, then some fun  —  Obama urges truce in Georgian conflict
Rasmussen Reports:
59% see Russian Invasion of Georgia as Threat
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
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 …
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Jim Brown / OneNewsNow.com:
GOP floor revolt over inaction continues
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
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?
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
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.
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.”
Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
POW mate calls McCain ‘liar’ over ‘turncoat’ charge  —  Retired Marine colonel angered by candidate's statements that he helped enemy while 2 were in Vietnamese prison camp.  —  Recommend  —  Former Orange County Supervisor Edison Miller is lashing out at John McCain …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Obama Salute Creator Hits Back at Critics  —  At first, Rick Husong was stunned by the overwhelming wave of negative and sometimes crude reactions to his bid revealed in Whispers last week to build a pro-Sen. Barack Obama movement around a hand salute dubbed the Big-O. Among the hundreds …
Discussion: Hot Air
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
An Empty Promise  —  Senator John Kerry was on the phone and the words were coming in a rush.  —  “It's a completely fraudulent argument,” he said.  “It's misleading.  It's snake oil salesmanship of the worst order.”  —  He was talking about the latest smoke screen in the presidential election …
Discussion: Environmental Capital
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, D-Day and Wonkette
 
 
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
What Is the Future of Suburbia? A Freakonomics Quorum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Support for Third-Party Candidates Appears Limited Thus Far
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mark Penn's Playbook for McCain
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and TIME.com
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Olympic ceremony singer was fake
Discussion: Telegraph and Washington Post
Ken Fireman / Bloomberg:
Stevens Charges Leave Alaska Republicans in Meltdown
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
The Difference Between Movements and Parties
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Appeals court upholds CIA leak lawsuit dismissal
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Did Obama Actually Register for Selective Service?
Discussion: pandagon.net
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Russia Complies With The One  —  On Fox this morning …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch  —  James Dobson's outfit urges his followers …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
This is only one of John McCain's 8 or 9 (or 10) houses
Michelle Malkin:
Foreclosure sob story of the morning
Brent Budowsky / Editor and Publisher:
Target Obama: Why The Press Must Fact-Check Campaign Claims
James Fallows:
David Brooks from Chengdu: my lord
James Risen / New York Times:
Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
Jim Leach endorses Obama
 

 
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Gabrielle Russon / Poynter:
A look at Fresh Take Florida, a University of Florida-run news service that shares content by its student journalists for free with ~100 outlets like CNN and AP

 
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