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9:35 AM ET, August 13, 2008

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New York Times:
After Mixed U.S. Messages, a War Erupted in Georgia  —  WASHINGTON — One month ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a high-profile visit that was planned to accomplish two very different goals.  —  During a private dinner on July 9, Ms. Rice's aides say …
Discussion: The Duck of Minerva
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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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Moscow's Sinister Brilliance
Frederick W. Kagan / understandingwar.org:
BACKGROUNDERS: SITUATION REPORT, RUSSO-GEORGIAN CONFLICT
Discussion: Power Line and Done With Mirrors
National Enquirer:
SEX, MORE LIES & VIDEOTAPE  —  The ENQUIRER has uncovered bombshell new details about the John Edwards sex scandal after the former presidential candidate finally admitted he'd cheated on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth!  —  Edwards' headline-making admission confirmed …
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Dan Mangan / New York Post:
EDWARDS SCANDAL'S NEW TRYST  —  RENEWED AFFAIR WITH LOVER: MAG  —  Disgraced ex-presidential candidate John Edwards secretly rekindled his steamy affair with his campaign videographer after confessing his infidelity to his cancer-stricken wife, according to an explosive new report.
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.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Eight Strikes and You're Out  —  John McCain recently tried to underscore his seriousness about pushing through a new energy policy, with a strong focus on more drilling for oil, by telling a motorcycle convention that Congress needed to come back from vacation immediately and do something about America's energy crisis.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Corner
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content  —  McDowell warns reinstated powers could play in net neutrality debate, lead to government requiring balance on Web sites.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  There's a huge concern among conservative talk radio hosts …
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: AMERICAblog News and cab drollery
CNN:
Mark Warner to deliver a Democratic convention keynote  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Virginia Governor and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address at this month's 2008 Democratic National Convention.  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced Wednesday that Warner …
Discussion: Think Progress
Seattle Times:
Dem cameraman is evicted from Dino Rossi event  —  Off-duty police officers last week forcibly removed a Democratic Party cameraman from a news conference where the Seattle Police Officers'...  Off-duty police officers last week forcibly removed a Democratic Party cameraman from a news conference …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Unknown Future Rolls Toward Us  —  I'm always surprised by the popularity of things like this Freakonomics colloquium on the future of the suburbs.  Rising gas prices and various other considerations have prompted this increased round of speculation on whether the suburbanization of America will reverse …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Eschaton
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
What Is the Future of Suburbia? A Freakonomics Quorum
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can McCain Use Advice Clinton Got on Obama?
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Analyst Depicts Al Qaeda as Secure in Pakistan and More Potent Than Last Year
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Both Parties Now Ignoring McCain
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Candidates' Olympics ads take different approaches
Discussion: The Swamp
Alan Breslauer / The BRAD BLOG:
Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment
New York Post:
A HUCK OF A SHOW  —  FORMER Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Twitter Idiots Call for March on Washington
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE
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Eric Berman / WIBC News:
Former US Trade Rep Raps Obama for Fighting Colombian Deal
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ChicoCDM / Stumper:
Chasing the Mythical ‘Obamacan’ Masses
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Am I A Georgian?  —  Common sense indicates that, no, I am not a Georgian.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
McCain ignoring calls to cancel controversial fundraiser
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