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5:25 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Ross Douthat:
Unrealpolitik  —  If Russia doesn't halt its advance into Georgia, here's what Max Boot would have the U.S. do: … To his credit, Boot goes on to note the obvious objection that Russia might be in a position to make life miserable for us if we started treating Georgia as '80s Afghanistan, take two.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain: Georgia conflict won't ‘re-ignite the Cold War’  —  BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (CNN) - John McCain came out in support of President Bush's decision Wednesday to dispatch U.S. aircraft with humanitarian aid to Georgia and to send Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice there to demonstrate America's “unwavering support” for the country.
Discussion: TIME.com
Think Progress:   McCain: 'In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations.'
Zoe Magee / ABCNEWS:
Georgia-Russia Shaky Cease Fire
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:   McCain calls for a ‘steady hand’ on tiller
Mary Altaffer / Truthdig:
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?
Discussion: American Power
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Gunman wounds Arkansas Democratic Party chairman  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A gunman barged into the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday morning and shot the state party chairman three times, critically wounding him, authorities and party officials said.
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Arkansas Online:
Gwatney shot at state Democratic headquarters  —  Gunman dead after chase, police say  —  LITTLE ROCK — A gunman shot Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney three times at the State Democratic Party Headquarters in Little Rock on Wednesday, fleeing the scene in a pickup and leading police …
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Report of shots at Arkansas Dems headquarters
Discussion: Think Progress
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman in Critical Condition Following Shooting
Discussion: Wizbang
New York Times:   Gunman Critically Wounds Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman
Discussion: Sadly, No!
CNN:
One shot at Arkansas Democratic Party HQ
Discussion: D-Day
Pew Research Center:
Presidential Race Draws Even  —  GOP Base Getting Behind McCain  —  With less than two weeks to go before the start of the presidential nominating conventions, Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has disappeared.  Pew's latest survey finds 46% of registered voters saying they favor or lean …
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Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Poll: Obama leads in Pa., but not by much  —  BUOYED by a widespread disdain for President Bush and concern about the economy, Democrat Barack Obama holds a lead over Republican John McCain in the latest Daily News/Franklin & Marshall Poll.  —  Obama leads McCain by eight points …
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
NY Times tries to torpedo anti-Obama book; succeeds in spreading its message  —  Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear.  Jerome Corsi, author of the bestselling Unfit for Command in 2004, a book that turned the phrase “swift boat” into a verb and helped defeat John “Reporting for Duty” Kerry …
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Peter Beinart / Washington Post:
Erasing The Race Factor  —  Obama's Best Hope Is To Face the Issue Directly  —  Barack Obama has a problem.  He really, really doesn't want this campaign to be about race.  He wants it to be about change, President Bush, the economy, gas prices, Iraq, Afghanistan — almost anything else.
Jacqueline Trescott / Washington Post:
Unabomber Objects to Newseum's Exhibit  —  Ted Kaczynski, the convicted “Unabomber,” is upset that his Montana cabin, where he was eventually captured, is part of a display at the Newseum.  —  In a handwritten letter to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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The Smoking Gun:
Kaczynski Angered By Predatory Home Loan
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Clemente Lisi / New York Post:
PHELPS' PIG SECRET: HE'S BOY GORGE  —  Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success - and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.  —  “Eat, sleep and swim.  That's all I can do,” Phelps, who won two more gold medals today, told NBC when asked what he needs to win medals.
Discussion: Donklephant and The American Scene
Washington Post:
Beijing Is All Dressed Up, But No One Is Going  —  Chinese Olympic organizers acknowledged Tuesday they were struggling to handle an unforeseen and baffling problem inside Summer Games venues and at the showpiece Olympic Park.  —  Not enough people.  —  Two weeks after announcing …
Rick Sallinger / CBS4Denver:
‘Gitmo On The Platte’ Set As Holding Cell For DNC  —  DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 News has learned if mass arrests happen at the Democratic Convention, those taken into custody will be jailed in a warehouse owned by the City of Denver.  Investigator Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside for a look.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Yes, She Can  —  While Obama was spending three hours watching “The Dark Knight” five time zones away, and going to a fund-raiser featuring “Aloha attire” and Hawaiian pupus, Hillary was busy planning her convention.  —  You can almost hear her mind whirring: She's amazed at how easy it was to snatch Denver away from the Obama saps.
Tom Skilling / Chicago Tribune:
Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930  —  August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year.  Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century's opening decade.  There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ari Melber / The Washington Independent:
Stop Obama/Bayh 08  —  Popular candidates like Gen. Wes Clark and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) were famously recruited into politics by volunteer-driven “drafts.”  Now something close to the opposite of a draft is rumbling among concerned Democrats, as insiders and bloggers respond to apparently credible rumors …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate  —  Exclusive interview.  —  IN A WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW aboard his campaign plane this morning, John McCain said that he is open to choosing a pro-choice running mate and named former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge as someone …
 
 
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Ex-Congressman Ney, Jailed in Lobby Case, Set for Early Release
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McCain Should Link Tsar Putin with Drill, Drill, Drill
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ANOTHER GOP SENATOR TO SKIP CONVO
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After Returning From Four Days At The Olympics, Bush Criticizes …
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An Open Letter to Rick Warren
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Charles Clover / Financial Times:
Stalin looks on as Russian warplanes turn Gori to rubble
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John McCain Must Denounce These Types of Racist Slurs Coming From His Allies
Linda Hirshman / Slate:
RECLAIMING THE MORALITY OF ABORTION AND THE OVERDUE CHANGE …
Rick Sallinger / CBS4Denver:
Man Dead, Large Amount Of Possible Cyanide Found
Marc Ambinder:
A Virginia-Centric Convention
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Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Obama tickets come with a catch
National Enquirer:
SEX, MORE LIES & VIDEOTAPE
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Eight Strikes and You're Out  —  John McCain recently tried …