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7:15 AM ET, August 13, 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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Frederick W. Kagan / understandingwar.org:
BACKGROUNDERS: SITUATION REPORT, RUSSO-GEORGIAN CONFLICT
Discussion: Telegraph and Done With Mirrors
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Moscow's Sinister Brilliance
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh: “Edwards might be attracted to a woman whose mouth did something other than talk”  —  On the August 12 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said of former Sen. John Edwards' recent disclosure of an extramarital affair: “I've got a theory about the motivations.
New York Times:
Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat  —  In the summer of 2004 the conservative gadfly Jerome R. Corsi shot to the top of the best-seller lists as co-author of “Unfit for Command,” the book attacking Senator John Kerry's record on a Vietnam War Swift boat that began the larger damaging campaign …
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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 …
ChicoCDM / Stumper:
Chasing the Mythical ‘Obamacan’ Masses  —  Barack Obama is no Chris Rock, but there's one story he likes to tell on the trail that always makes me laugh.  According to the Democratic nominee, there's a particular breed of Obamaniacs who approach him after events to confess their Obamania—sotto voce.
Discussion: Riehl World View
James Forsyth / Spectator:
Reverend Wright Plans An October Surprise  —  New York Magazine has done a special issue this week on race and the US election.  There's lot of good stuff in the package but this line from John Heilemann's cover story stood out to me: … This is a huge problem for Obama.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
McCain ignoring calls to cancel controversial fundraiser  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain so far is ignoring calls from several watchdog groups to cancel an Atlanta fundraiser promoted by Ralph Reed, a longtime friend and business partner of imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Discussion: Talk To Action
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.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Corrente
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mark Penn's Playbook for McCain
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and TIME.com
Eric Berman / WIBC News:
Former US Trade Rep Raps Obama for Fighting Colombian Deal  —  President Bush's former U.S. trade representative says the U.S. needs more international trade deals, not fewer.  —  Former Ohio Congressman Rob Portman visited the Indiana State Fair and held a pair of business roundtables …
Discussion: TIME.com
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands  —  He was 17 when he came to New York from Hong Kong in 1992 with his parents and younger sister, eyeing the skyline like any newcomer.  Fifteen years later, Hiu Lui Ng was a New Yorker: a computer engineer with a job in the Empire State Building …
Discussion: cab drollery and AMERICAblog News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE  —  I know I've made this point in various ways in several posts over the last day or so.  But watching John McCain speak about the Georgian crisis in the video below should deeply worry anyone interested in a sane US foreign policy — or the safety of their children.
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and D-Day
ABCNEWS:
Alleged Mata Hari of Al Qaeda Could Provide ‘Treasure Trove’ of Intelligence  —  Aafia Siddique Had a List of Targets in New York & Chem-Bio Weapons Information in her Possession  —  When she was arrested in Afghanistan last month, Aafia Siddique allegedly had in her possession maps of New York …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Stop The ACLU
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.”
Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia  —  Campaign Dismisses Timing of Phone Call, Contract  —  Sen. John McCain's top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare …
Discussion: Informed Comment
Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Wes Clark's Slogan is VP's Theme  —  Gen. Wes Clark's slogan — “Securing America's Future” — is the theme for the night Barack Obama's running mate is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention.  —  Clark's political action committee is called WESPAC — Securing America's Future.
 
 
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New York Post:
A HUCK OF A SHOW  —  FORMER Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Twitter Idiots Call for March on Washington
Discussion: TBogg and Oliver Willis
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Amid Ruined New Orleans Neighborhoods, a Gadfly Buzzes
Discussion: First Draft
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Obama politicizes military spouses
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
That's Not Blight. It's New Jersey.
Mark Barna / Gazette:
VIDEO: Focus pulls video urging prayers for rain on Obama
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
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Martin Wisckol / Orange County Register:
POW mate calls McCain ‘liar’ over ‘turncoat’ charge
Joey Michalakes / The Hill:
Mukasey will not prosecute in DoJ hiring scandal
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Olympic ceremony singer was fake
Ken Fireman / Bloomberg:
Stevens Charges Leave Alaska Republicans in Meltdown
On Politics:
Sen. Hagel won't be endorsing a presidential candidate
The Barna Group:
Presidential Race Tightens as Faith Voters Rethink
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Two Cheers for Russia's Invasion of Georgia
Discussion: Reason Magazine and The Corner
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
Sullivan's Travels  —  In a post early this morning, Andrew Sullivan concludes with this:
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix says India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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