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12:45 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Guardian:
Georgian villages burned as Russian tanks advance  —  Mood of panic as eyewitnesses say ceasefire being broken by Russian military and ‘irregulars’  — Luke Harding near Gori, Georgia, and James Meikle  —  Villages in Georgia were being burned and looted as Russian tanks followed by …
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:   In Apparent Truce, U.S. Sees Russian Fear of Global Reproof
Agence France Presse:   Georgian villages looted as conflict ceasefire threatened
Los Angeles Times:
The Pandora's box of sovereignty
Discussion: The Opinionator
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
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  —  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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Truthdig and The Swamp
Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Obama tickets come with a catch  —  Some of those hoping to wrangle a seat for Barack Obama's speech were told this week they have to put in six hours of volunteer work for his campaign by Friday to have a shot at a ticket.  —  And that ruffled at least a few feathers.
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama's mandatory volunteerism starts NOW!
Russell Haythorn / KMGH Denver's Channel 7:
Required To Volunteer? Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion
Discussion: Wizbang and BitsBlog
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.
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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Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:   NY Times tries to torpedo anti-Obama book; succeeds in spreading its message
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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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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Churchill-Envy  —  It's possible to have differing views on how to handle Russia, although, depressingly, Obama seems to take the maximalist position of bringing Georgia into NATO.  But what interests me about McCain's position is not so much the content as the tone.  Check out the video above.
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: Emptywheel and Law Blog
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: Israel Matzav, Commentary and Guardian
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, MyDD and Real Clear Politics
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For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time
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Polls show landslide scenario unlikely
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