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11:45 AM ET, August 12, 2008


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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 …
Mikhail Gorbachev / Washington Post:
A Path to Peace in the Caucasus  —  MOSCOW — The past week's events in South Ossetia are bound to shock and pain anyone.  Already, thousands of people have died, tens of thousands have been turned into refugees, and towns and villages lie in ruins.  Nothing can justify this loss of life and destruction.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
PROF. KENNETH ANDERSON fact-checks The New York Times' C.J. Chivers on Georgia.  “Look: what you've offered us is an argument, masquerading as a narrative news story.  I'm very interested in arguments, especially on a policy topic as difficult and fraught with risks as this, and I don't doubt that you have important things to say.
Spengler / Asia Times:   Putin for US president - more than ever
Xinhua News Agency:
McCain takes hard stance toward Russia
Discussion: and The Moderate Voice
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.”
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
64% Now Support Offshore Drilling; 42% See it as Best Way to Reduce Oil Prices
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
James Fallows:   David Brooks from Chengdu: my lord
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Indiana Senator Offers Obama 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” …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In a Changing Corner of Pa., a Glimpse of Obama's Age Problem  —  LANCASTER, Pa. — When Gene Rutherford, 65, tries to make sense of the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, and the rampant enthusiasm for him among younger Americans, he thinks of the local mall, where as director of operations he often deals with teenagers.
Discussion: and American Spectator
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Penn in December 2007 on Plan for Two-Way Race Against Obama: “Release the Tapes”  —  In a December 30, 2007 memo written on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Mark Penn writes to his fellow Clinton staffers that after the caucuses, if Obama “is riding a high we will have to take him down.”
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Front-Runner's Fall
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
“99 Percent”  —  The National Enquirer promises more; from Larry King last night: … When something like this happens, I really don't understand why the guy doesn't just get out of the picture.  You made a mistake.  It's a bummer for you — and maybe even cruel that it's come out, but it has.
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 …
Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
A Catholic Case Against Barack  —  In the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama rolled up more than 90 percent of the African-American vote.  Among Catholics, he lost by 40 points.  The cool liberal Harvard Law grad was not a good fit for the socially conservative ethnics of Altoona, Aliquippa and Johnstown.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Infanticide, revisited  —  Barack Obama wants to move closer …
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 endorsing Obama  —  According to a source in the Obama campaign, former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach — a Republican — will be endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama this morning.  Leach, as you may recall, lost his bid for re-election in 2006 after three decades …
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?
Aluf Benn / Reuters:
PA rejects Olmert's offer to withdraw from 93% of West Bank  —  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday rejected an Israeli peace proposal, which included withdrawal from 93 percent of the West Bank, because it does not provide for a contiguous Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Discussion: The New Republic and Israel Matzav
Bing West / Wall Street Journal:
The War in Iraq Is Over.  What Next?  —  The war I witnessed for more than five years in Iraq is over.  In July, there were five American fatalities in Iraq, the lowest since the war began in March 2003.  In Mosul recently, I chatted with shopkeepers on the same corner where last January a Humvee was blown apart in front of me.
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