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3:00 PM 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
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
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
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 …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal  —  NEW YORK - Former Justice Department officials will not face prosecution for letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's Power Play  —  Asked in 1957 what would determine his government's course, Harold Macmillan, Britain's new prime minister, replied, “Events, dear boy, events.”  Now, into America's trivializing presidential campaign, a pesky event has intruded — a European war.
Michelle Malkin:
Foreclosure sob story of the morning  —  Nope, the MSM has learned nothing from the subprime debacle, stimulus-palooza, and the foreclosure frenzy.  They are still printing sob stories to elicit sympathy for borrowers who don't deserve it.  —  Check this out from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Don Surber
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:   Foreclosed family's last goodbye to home
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.
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?
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
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” …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New York Times Hits Bayh For Membership In Committee For Liberation Of Iraq
Discussion: Open Left
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain: Putin wants ‘to restore the old Russian empire’  —  HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) - John McCain is turning up the heat on Moscow, and accusing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of wanting to “restore the old Russian empire.”  —  McCain's comments came in an interview …
Spengler / Asia Times:
Putin for US president - more than ever
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
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: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Wonkette
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?
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
A Tad Short Of 99%  —  Every sex scandal, it seems, comes with its own catchphrase, a linguistic contortion destined to outlive our memory of the seamy details: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”  Or “wide stance.”  Now comes former — and, I think it's safe to say …
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Christianist Watch  —  James Dobson's outfit urges his followers …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama's ‘no income taxes on seniors’ draws critics
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Black and White and Obama: The Truths We Cannot Speak
John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Mike Potemra / The Corner:
“Fascislamism”  —  It's Bernard-Henri Levy's word for that segment …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and
Marc Ambinder:
Waiting For The Mags, Passing The Time Productively
Discussion: D-Day
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Obama-cans Unite  —  Led by a former Bush fund-raiser …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain camp dismisses plagiarism rap
 Earlier Items: 
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Endangered Species Act Changes Give Agencies More Say
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney or Putin? … A key point: Russia is not exporting …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Edwards affair began early: Hunter friend
Mike Pechar / The Jawa Report:
Champion Pig Named Muhammad
Jennifer C. Kerr / Associated Press:
Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes
Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
A Catholic Case Against Barack
James Risen / New York Times:
Use of Iraq Contractors Costs Billions, Report Says
Bing West / Wall Street Journal:
The War in Iraq Is Over. What Next?