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11:35 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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Georgian president: ‘There is no cease-fire’
Discussion: Blogs of War
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  —  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
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
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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.
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.
Russell Haythorn / KMGH Denver's Channel 7:
Required To Volunteer?  Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion  —  Some Being Told They Must Volunteer To Get In  —  DENVER — The Obama campaign has begyn notifying people who got tickets for the big acceptance speech at Invesco Field the final night of the convention.
Discussion: Wizbang
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Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Obama tickets come with a catch
Discussion: Fox News and The Drunkablog
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's mandatory volunteerism starts NOW!
Discussion: Hot Air and Babalu Blog
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
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
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.
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 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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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 …
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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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
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
 
 
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CNN:
Mark Warner to deliver a Democratic convention keynote
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Seattle Times:
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