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4:35 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Ross Douthat:
Unrealpolitik  —  If Russia doesn't halt its advance into Georgia, here's what Max Boot would have the U.S. do: … To his credit, Boot goes on to note the obvious objection that Russia might be in a position to make life miserable for us if we started treating Georgia as '80s Afghanistan, take two.
Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
Mary Altaffer / Truthdig:
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?
Discussion: American Power
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 …
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and On Deadline
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Steve Barnes / New York Times:   Gunman Critically Wounds Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Wounded suspect in Ark. shooting dies after chase
Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman in Critical Condition Following Shooting
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
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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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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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 …
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.
Ari Melber / The Washington Independent:
Stop Obama/Bayh 08  —  Popular candidates like Gen. Wes Clark and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) were famously recruited into politics by volunteer-driven “drafts.”  Now something close to the opposite of a draft is rumbling among concerned Democrats, as insiders and bloggers respond to apparently credible rumors …
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.
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 …
Tom Skilling / Chicago Tribune:
Decade has had fewest 90-degree days since 1930  —  August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year.  Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century's opening decade.  There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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.
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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Daughter: Rev. Wright NOT publishing book in October
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge says UC can deny religious course credit