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4:25 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, 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.
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?  —  Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the U.S. presidential election?
Discussion: PoliGazette
Washington Post:
While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and Georgia
Discussion: Commentary
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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Fox News:
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman in Critical Condition Following Shooting
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Steve Barnes / New York Times:   Gunman Critically Wounds Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman
Andrew DeMillo / Associated Press:
Wounded suspect in Ark. shooting dies after chase
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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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?
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.
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
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 …
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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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate
Satyam / Think Progress:
After Returning From Four Days At The Olympics, Bush Criticizes …
Discussion: White House
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain calls for a ‘steady hand’ on tiller
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Drums of Change  —  On or about last Friday, the world changed.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Tenn. GOP keeps pushing character envelope
Reason.tv:
Ethanol advocates claim that the biofuel is a cheap …
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
SO THE PHONE RANG JUST A BIT AGO, AND IT WAS SEN. BOB CORKER …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Rasmussen Reports:
41% Say Bush Worst President Ever; 50% Disagree
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush vacation postponed: Georgia watch
Hunter Baker / www.redstate.com:
An Open Letter to Rick Warren
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Joseph A. Palermo / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Must Denounce These Types of Racist Slurs Coming From His Allies
Rick Sallinger / CBS4Denver:
Man Dead, Large Amount Of Possible Cyanide Found
Marc Ambinder:
A Virginia-Centric Convention
Discussion: The New Republic and CNN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Churchill-Envy  —  It's possible to have differing views …
Roland Martin / essence.typepad.com:
Daughter: Rev. Wright NOT publishing book in October
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge says UC can deny religious course credit