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10:00 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 …
Washington Post:
On Georgia Crisis, McCain's Tone Grows Sharper
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and RIA Novosti
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Moscow's Sinister Brilliance
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.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:   Both Parties Now Ignoring McCain
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.
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
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
REPUBLICANS CROSS OVER 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
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 …
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 …
Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times:
Investigation of spending by care workers' union is sought  —  Caregivers' advocates react to report on United Long-Term Care Workers and its chief, Tyrone Freeman.  With 160,000 members, the local is the largest in California.  —  Advocates for low-wage caregivers called on authorities Monday …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge says UC can deny religious course credit  —  (08-12) 17:25 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge says the University of California can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools whose textbooks declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution.
Discussion: Law Blog
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
 
 
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Polls show landslide scenario unlikely
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can McCain Use Advice Clinton Got on Obama?
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Analyst Depicts Al Qaeda as Secure in Pakistan and More Potent Than Last Year
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Candidates' Olympics ads take different approaches
Discussion: The Swamp
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Unknown Future Rolls Toward Us
Alan Breslauer / The BRAD BLOG:
Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment
Seattle Times:
Dem cameraman is evicted from Dino Rossi event
New York Post:
A HUCK OF A SHOW  —  FORMER Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee …
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Allen / VP Watch:
Wes Clark's Slogan is VP's Theme
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Twitter Idiots Call for March on Washington
Discussion: TBogg and Oliver Willis
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
Discussion: The Caucus, MSNBC and TIME.com
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Obama politicizes military spouses
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
McCain ignoring calls to cancel controversial fundraiser
ABCNEWS:
Alleged Mata Hari of Al Qaeda Could Provide ‘Treasure Trove’ of Intelligence
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