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6:00 PM ET, August 14, 2008

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Luke Rosiak / OpenSecrets.org:
Troops Deployed Abroad Give 6:1 to Obama  —  During World War II, soldiers crouching in foxholes penned letters assuring their sweethearts that they'd be home soon.  Now, between firefights in the Iraqi desert, some infantrymen have been sending a different kind of mail stateside …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Study: Troops Deployed Abroad Gave Six Times More To Obama Than To McCain
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton's Name Likely To Be Placed In Nomination; Agreement Near With Obama Campaign  —  Reports of strife between negotiators for Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are exaggerated and the two sides are nearing an agreement on how Clinton's delegates will participate …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Payback?  Obama snubs Rangel  —  The Obama campaign is denying House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel a speaking role at this month's Democratic National Convention — a move those close to the powerhouse Harlem congressman view as a spiteful snub.
Steven Stark / Real Clear Politics:
Breaking the Press  —  With the polls continuing to show John …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Clinton to get roll call at Democratic convention
Discussion: Reuters, NO QUARTER and Yahoo! News
Byron York / The Corner:   The Deal  —  Just in from the Obama and Clinton press offices:
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Tax Plan  —  Even as Barack Obama proposes fiscally responsible tax reform to strengthen our economy and restore the balance that has been lost in recent years, we hear the familiar protests and distortions from the guardians of the broken status quo.
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New York Sun:
Obama's War on Women  —  The Obama campaign has at long last lifted the veil of mystery that has surrounded the Democratic presidential candidate's tax increase plans.  Mr. Obama's two economic advisers, Jason Furman and Austan Goolsbee, have an op-ed piece in today's Wall Street Journal, and it isn't pretty.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
With Polls Close, Obama Blinks on Taxes
Discussion: The Corner
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Anti-Obama Author on 9/11 Conspiracy  —  Among the follow-up efforts to Jerome R. Corsi's “Unfit for Command,” which inspired the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on Senator John Kerry in 2004, is “Obama Nation.”  But the conservative commentator's book about Senator Barack Obama appears …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Marc Ambinder:
How Obama's Campaign Is Confronting Corsi  —  Barack Obama's campaign hasn't said much publicly about Jerome Corsi's 2008 polemic against Barack Obama, but don't think for a minute that his aides aren't paying attention, and don't confuse the relative silence for a lack of action.
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
This is a tale of US expansion not Russian aggression  —  It's likely to be a taste of things to come  —  The outcome of six grim days of bloodshed in the Caucasus has triggered an outpouring of the most nauseating hypocrisy from western politicians and their captive media.
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John McCain / Wall Street Journal:
We Are All Georgians  —  For anyone who thought that stark …
Washington Post:
Russians Say Separatist Enclaves Will Not Revert to Georgia
Discussion: The Duck of Minerva
Lynn Sweet:
Obama camp said to be leaning towards Biden for vice president.  —  I'm just passing on the latest I'm hearing—that Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is moving up on the list of potential running mates for presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).  While Obama's heart may go towards Virginia …
Discussion: Open Left and Bleeding Heartland
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Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:   Evan Bayh Served on Board with McCain, Kristol, Lieberman, Woolsey, and Scheunemann
Fox News:
Kristol: Colin Powell Will Endorse Obama
Discussion: News Hounds
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
I See Four Key Battleground States  —  Presidential campaigns ultimately come down to who can win 270 Electoral College votes.  With most states favoring one candidate or the other, this year's contest could come down to a few battleground states.  —  Based on visits this past week …
David Flumenbaum / The Huffington Post:
Scandal of the Ages: Documents Reveal Underage Chinese Gymnast  —  What began as whispers among the media and gymnastics insiders weeks ago about the ages of three of China's female Olympic gymnasts — Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and He Kexin — has grown into ear-shattering, head-hurting shouts.
ccrjustice.org:
In Extremely Rare Occurence Court Moves to Rehear Case of Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar  —  Court Acted Sua Sponte, Deciding to Revisit June Decision Against Arar Before Being Asked  —  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an extremely rare order that the case …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GIVE THIS WOMAN A PURPLE HEART  —  Later on I intend to comment on today's events in Georgia and the region, but for now, check out this video of a Georgian television reporter named Tamara Urushadze.  She was reporting from Gori when she was shot, apparently by a sniper.
Discussion: Wake up America
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
After The Cold War  —  I've made this point before, but a reader puts it more succinctly: … No s**t, Sherlock.  One of the good things about having a blog that has published almost daily for almost a decade is that one's own evolution and zig-zags through a period of history are exposed to the glare of day.
Discussion: Swampland and The Foundry
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Is Expected to Resign in Next Few Days  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Faced with desertions by his political supporters and the neutrality of the Pakistani military, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, an important ally of the United States, is expected to resign in the next few days rather …
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Cruelty to Little Girls  —  Before the event recedes farther from view, I wanted to say something about the little-girl switcheroo, pulled by the People's Republic of China.  You know: One little seven-year-old, Yang Peiyi, won the competition to sing at the opening ceremony.
Discussion: Lean Left
 
 
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHERE TO DRILL FIRST  —  Those who favor outsourcing …
CBS4Denver:
Udall Leads Schaffer In CBS4/Rocky Poll Of Voters
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Tech Plan to Continue Hands-Off Approach to Regulation
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Against Progressive Platforms
Discussion: MyDD
Timothy Shriver / CNN:
Commentary: Why ‘Tropic Thunder’ shouldn't be seen
Discussion: The New Republic
Ira Teinowitz / TVWeek.com:
Obama Tests Waters With Late-Night Informercial
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
No Military Option  —  Michael, beyond some largely symbolic gestures …
Discussion: New York Sun
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Huck effort to block Mitt for veep
Discussion: CBS News, Fox News and Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV
Marc Ambinder:
35 Issues, 35 Nights On CBS News
Discussion: Think Progress
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Union Drops Tough Social Security Mailer Hitting McCain's Wealth
Rob Kall / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Giving McCain Enough Rope to Hang HImself With Russia Georgia Reaction
Discussion: First Draft
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Hair Samples in Anthrax Case Don't Match
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Conventional Nonsense  —  MAKING THE CASE FOR A PRESS BOYCOTT …
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Johnny, I hardly knew ye