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6:45 AM ET, August 15, 2008


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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Fighting the Last War  —  Doesn't it seem like Obama and his supporters in the press are over-learning the Swift Boat lesson with their reaction to the Corsi book?  Kerry's original instinct in 2004 was to ignore the attack so as not to draw more attention to it.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama, Richmond, VA, Next Thursday?  Not Necessarily What It Looks Like...  CBS News's Jeff Greenfield and I each have independent Democratic sources who say that an advance team for Barack Obama is in Richmond, VA preparing for a campaign event next Thursday.  —  To conjecture, of course, would be easy.
Discussion: Open Left
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Biden, Bayh get VP night slots at convention  —  (CNN) — The two senators widely believed to be at the top of Barack Obama's shortlist for VP have been given prime-time speaking slots at the Democratic convention Wednesday night — the very same night the vice presidential candidate is slated to speak.
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:   Denver Teasers  —  Such a tease, that Democratic National Convention Committee.
The Huffington Post:
Jackson Browne Sues GOP And McCain Campaign  —  Singer, songwriter, liberal activist and now John McCain scourge Jackson Browne filed a lawsuit today against the presumptive GOP nominee and the Republican Party for failing to obtain a license to use one of his songs in a television commercial.
Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
Jackson Browne sues John McCain over song use
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Kremlin dusts off Cold War lexicon to make US villain in Georgia  —  Russians were told over breakfast yesterday what really happened in Georgia: the conflict in South Ossetia was part of a plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barak Obama being elected president of the United States.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
After The Cold War  —  I've made this point before, but a reader puts it more succinctly:
Michael Falcone / New York Times:
McCain Displays Credentials as Obama Relaxes  —  HONOLULU — For the last several days, Senator Barack Obama has seemed to fade from the scene while on his secluded vacation here, as his opponent, Senator John McCain, has seized nearly every opportunity to display his foreign policy credentials …
Discussion: Media Blog
Washington Post:
McCain's Focus on Georgia Raises Question of Propriety  —  After Chiding Obama, He Dwells on Crisis as a President Might  —  Standing behind a lectern in Michigan this week, with two trusted senators ready to do his bidding, John McCain seemed to forget for a moment that he was only running for president.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IF THE EDITORS OF THE NY TIMES WERE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, THEY WOULD FLUNK  —  Yesterday the New York Times ran a story on a study by the General Accounting Office that was commissioned by Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Byron Dorgan.  The study found that from 1998 to 2005 …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Angry Bear
Associated Press:
US, Poland agree to anti-missile defense deal  —  WARSAW, Poland — Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
Austin Bay Blog:
Up the Ante Diplomacy: US and Poland go for Euro-Anti-Missile
Discussion: FP Passport
EXCLUSIVE: FAA Tapes Reveal Drama of Obama Jet Incident  —  Audio Contradicts FAA Account of “No Emergency”  —  The incident involving Sen. Barack Obama's campaign plane last month was much more serious than the airline or the Federal Aviation Administration said, according to FAA control tower tapes obtained by ABC News.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Lawyers' Ties Hint at Extent of Hiding Edwards's Affair  —  As tabloid reports of a sex scandal threatened former Senator John Edwards's presidential campaign last December on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, two lawyers surfaced with written statements that appeared to exonerate the candidate.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
VICE PRESIDENT GORE?  —  Vice President Gore?  It has a certain ring.  Most folks have assumed that Gore is off the VP list, but he hasn't been slotted as a convention speaker yet, which is curious since Gore is one of the party's superstars and its most effective spokesperson on energy and the environment.
Discussion: The RBC
Kevin K. / Rumproast:
The Truth about PUMA Conference 08 ... You Can't Spell “Conference” Without “C-O-N”  —  Back on July 15th the PUMAs announced, via The Confluence, that they were holding a pre-convention “PUMA Conference 08” in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, home of the now-infamous, temper-tantrum-laden RBC meeting and “rally.”
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
BARACKY II  —  Finally, a sequel that's even better than the original.  The primaries are over...the general election is on!  —  YouTube link  —  Update: Before anybody gives me any credit that I don't deserve, I should make it clear that this video was posted anonymously.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“A Plan to Put Hard-Working Americans First”  —  Here's Obama's latest ad.  It's another good one, and continues the emphasis on the middle class, promising to put “the middle class ahead of corporate interests.”  As Ramesh noted by way of this James Pethokoukis post, Obama is steadily focusing …
James Pethokoukis / US News:
With Polls Close, Obama Blinks on Taxes
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
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Ryan / Think Progress:
Rep. Sali: There ‘Could Be Up To Forty Barrels Of Oil In A Single Tree’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Experts Accuse Bush Administration of Foot-Dragging on DNS Security Hole
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Anatomy of a smear  —  Anyone looking for a good reason …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Troops stationed abroad donating to Obama by six to one margin
Washington Wire:
Phil Gramm Attends McCain Campaign Briefing
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Wall Street Journal:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Wake up America and Hot Air
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHERE TO DRILL FIRST  —  Those who favor outsourcing …
Discussion: TBogg
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Against Progressive Platforms
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
David Flumenbaum / The Huffington Post:
Scandal of the Ages: Documents Reveal Underage Chinese Gymnast
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
No Military Option  —  Michael, beyond some largely symbolic gestures …
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