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2:55 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Georgian president to McCain: Move ‘from words to deeds’  —  (CNN) - Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday called for John McCain and other American leaders to do more for Georgia in their response to the conflict in his country.  —  “Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say …
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Ross Douthat:
Unrealpolitik  —  If Russia doesn't halt its advance into Georgia …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?
Discussion: Right Wing News
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and Georgia
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
In Apparent Truce, U.S. Sees Russian Fear of Global Reproof
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and TBogg
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Know The Secrets That You Keep  —  Jerome Corsi, who co-authored the 2004 Swift Boat classic “Unfit for Command” that helped scuttle the SS Kerry is back for Barack.  The NY Times reviews the effort.  Shorter - there are a few mistakes, so ignore the whole thing.  How did that strategy work with Kerry?
Discussion: TigerHawk and The New Republic
New York Times:
Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat
Pew Research Center:
Presidential Race Draws Even  —  GOP Base Getting Behind McCain  —  With less than two weeks to go before the start of the presidential nominating conventions, Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has disappeared.  Pew's latest survey finds 46% of registered voters saying they favor or lean …
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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 …
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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Russell Haythorn / KMGH Denver's Channel 7:
Required To Volunteer? Obama Ticket Giveaway Causes Confusion
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's mandatory volunteerism starts NOW!
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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.
Linda Hirshman / Slate:
RECLAIMING THE MORALITY OF ABORTION AND THE OVERDUE CHANGE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM.  —  The Democratic Party platform of 2008 finally dropped its old abortion language ("safe, legal and rare"), which had asked that women not have abortions unless they absolutely must.
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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Conservative Dems Hail Party Platform's New Abortion Plank
Discussion: The Caucus and pandagon.net
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Must Denounce These Types of Racist Slurs Coming From His Allies  —  This photo was posted on August 8, 2008 on the web site of the Council of Conservative Citizens (C of CC).  This kind of racism aimed at Barack Obama's candidacy for president should not be tolerated as we approach …
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.
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.
Discussion: Rocky Mountain News and Open Left
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Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Report of shots at Arkansas Dems headquarters  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, a party executive said.  A television station reported that three shots were fired at party headquarters.
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush vacation postponed: Georgia watch
Ari Melber / The Washington Independent:
Stop Obama/Bayh 08  —  Popular candidates like Gen. Wes Clark …
Hunter Baker / www.redstate.com:
An Open Letter to Rick Warren
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Mechanism for Credit Is Still Stuck
Charles Clover / Financial Times:
Stalin looks on as Russian warplanes turn Gori to rubble
Steve Lopez / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles thwarts family in fight over graffiti
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Sun:
Obama's Republicans  —  The Obama campaign's conference call yesterday …
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Rick Sallinger / CBS4Denver:
Man Dead, Large Amount Of Possible Cyanide Found
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
A Virginia-Centric Convention
Discussion: CNN and The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Churchill-Envy  —  It's possible to have differing views …
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
U.S. puts brakes on Israeli plan for attack on Iran nuclear facilities
NPR:
McCain On The Russian Invasion And Negative Ads
Keith Barry / Wired News:
Tire-Gauge Industry Pumps Up Obama Campaign Coffers
Discussion: DBKP and Deceiver.com
Roland Martin / essence.typepad.com:
Daughter: Rev. Wright NOT publishing book in October
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Both Parties Now Ignoring McCain
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web Content