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12:05 AM ET, August 12, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BEWARE  —  You can see the extremely bellicose statements of Vice President Cheney and Sen. McCain (soul mates on this issue) on the conflict in Georgia.  And a number of Democratic-affiliated foreign policy hands are roughly on the same side of this issue, if not quite as utterly nuts …
Russian troops close in on Georgian capital
Discussion: The Lede
Scott Horton / Harper's:   Georgia on My Mind  —  Today America's media continues …
Eric Martin / Obsidian Wings:
Leaving, on a [Military] Jet Plane
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bush: Russians looking to depose Georgian government; Update: Video added
Discussion: Associated Press
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Salon Radio: Professor Charles King on Russia/Georgia
Discussion: The Daily Dish
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
President Bush to Russia: Back off Georgia
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
It's Munich!  —  Ah, yes, Kristol and Kagan just haul …
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 …
Financial Times:   McCain condemnation upstages Bush
The National Security Network /
John McCain's Wikipolicy
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Wolfson: Edwards' Cover-up Cost Clinton the Nomination
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking Back The Campaign Nominee  —  What the Obama campaign has lost sight of, I think, and what it needs to regain control of, is the essential message of his candidacy.  After the last eight years, we simply cannot risk a continuation of the same reckless, belligerent, argument-losing …
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 …
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!
Discussion: TexasDarlin
Dan / Riehl World View:
RWV Excl: McCain Caught In Photo With Younger Woman … “I want John McCain,” the young strawberry-blond now confides to anyone who will listen, just days after spending hours of primping, riding in a car and waiting in line under the hot sun to enter a steamy town hall in the Midwest where …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
COKIE: HAWAII TOO FOREIGN FOR OBAMA  —  This is the sort of mind-numbingly banal observation that passes for political analysis these days.  Tut-tutting over the timing of Barack Obama's family vacation, Cokie Roberts yesterday on ABC's This Week added that Hawaii was not an appropriate destination: too foreign and too exotic.
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 …
Al-Qa'eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality  —  Al-Qa'eda is losing support in Iraq because of a brutal crackdown on activities it regards as un-Islamic - including women buying cucumbers.  —  Besides the terrible killings inflicted by the fanatics on those who refuse …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
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.
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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
Krissah Williams Thompson / Washington Post:
For Those Once Behind Bars, A Nudge to the Voting Booth
Associated Press:
Report: Clinton told to cast Obama as un-American
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rice refuses to ‘interrupt her holidays’ to deal with Georgian conflict.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Edwards Money Man Raising Cash for Obama?
Discussion: Hot Air and Law Blog
Brad / Wonk Room:
Earth To Jim Webb: The Emissions Are The Crisis
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Looking for V.P. Clues in Pennsylvania
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Discussion: Commentary
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BUMP IT UP  —  Having found most pundits to be incorrigible morons …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Star Bulletin:
Taking in paradise  —  Barack Obama jogs along the beach …
Discussion: The Jed Report and The Swamp
Megan McArdle:
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Sheer genius
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
David Axelrod turns McCain's cabin into Tara
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
And Al Gore Helps the Right, Yet Again
Breaking news: New documents show Obama cover-up on born-alive survivors bill
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Color-Coded Campaign  —  Why isn't Obama doing better in the polls?