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11:20 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 …
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
The Pandora's box of sovereignty
Discussion: The Opinionator
CNN:
Georgian president: ‘There is no cease-fire’
Discussion: Blogs of War
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.
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.
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Roland Martin / essence.typepad.com:
Daughter: Rev. Wright NOT publishing book in October  —  A New York magazine cover story last week reignited the debate over Rev. Jeremiah Wright when it stated - without attribution - that the former pastor of Sen. Barack Obama was releasing a new book.  —  But his daughter, Jeri, told me today that the story is absolutely false.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Wonkette
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: Hot Air and The Corner
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.
NPR:
McCain On The Russian Invasion And Negative Ads  —  Listen Now  —  · Republican presidential hopeful John McCain says that Russia's invasion of neighboring Georgia signals a new political era, but not necessarily a return to the Cold War.  —  “I don't think there's …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and D-Day
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's mandatory volunteerism starts NOW!  —  Obama worshipers may already be feeling a bit of buyers' remorse.  —  Turns out that those who snapped up free tickets to his big convention speech at Invesco Field will have to volunteer for six hours.  And they're whining about it to the press.
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Russell Haythorn / KMGH Denver's Channel 7:
Required To Volunteer? Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Washington Wire:
John McCain and Ralph Reed: Together Again?  —  Susan Davis and Elizabeth Holmes report on the presidential race.  —  A solicitation by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed to attend an upcoming Aug. 18 fund-raiser in Georgia for expected Republican nominee John McCain may leave political observers scratching their heads.
Discussion: MSNBC and Real Clear Politics
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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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Candidates' Olympics ads take different approaches
Discussion: The Swamp
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Seattle Times:
Dem cameraman is evicted from Dino Rossi event
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Twitter Idiots Call for March on Washington
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