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1:25 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Georgian president to McCain: Move ‘from words to deeds’
Washington Wire:   Bush: Russia's Actions Raise ‘Serious Questions’ About Intent
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
In Apparent Truce, U.S. Sees Russian Fear of Global Reproof
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and Georgia
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Agence France Presse:
Georgian villages looted as conflict ceasefire threatened
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Bush rebuking Russia? Putin must be splitting his sides
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Dan Mangan / New York Post:
EDWARDS SCANDAL'S NEW TRYST
Discussion: The XX Factor
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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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 …
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Must Denounce These Types of Racist Slurs Coming From His Allies
Discussion: The Other McCain
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: NewsBusters.org, Wizbang and BitsBlog
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.
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.
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James Forsyth / Spectator:
Reverend Wright Plans An October Surprise
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Truthdig and The Swamp
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 …
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.
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.
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
Marc Ambinder:
A Virginia-Centric Convention  —  The selection of ex-VA Gov. Mark Warner to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention comes on the heels of a secret, last-minute effort to convince Warner to submit his name and record for vice presidential vetting.
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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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE KEY(NOTE) MASTER  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** I am the key(note) master: The Obama campaign has announced that former Virginia Gov. — and current Senate candidate — Mark Warner will deliver the keynote address on the Tuesday of the Democratic convention.
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Lisa Ryckman / Rocky Mountain News:
November suitors lining up to woo Colorado
Discussion: Slapstick Politics
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.
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
U.S. puts brakes on Israeli plan for attack on Iran nuclear facilities  —  The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.  —  A report published last week …
Discussion: Commentary, Guardian and Israel Matzav
 
 
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Churchill-Envy  —  It's possible to have differing views …
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Barack Obama: The coincidental tourist
Discussion: The Caucus
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McCain On The Russian Invasion And Negative Ads
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Both Parties Now Ignoring McCain
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