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10:05 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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John McCain / Wall Street Journal:
We Are All Georgians  —  For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call.  After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence.
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Peace Plan Offers Russia a Rationale to Advance  —  TBILISI, Georgia — It was nearly 2 a.m. on Wednesday when President Nicolas Sarkozy of France announced he had accomplished what seemed virtually impossible: Persuading the leaders of Georgia and Russia to agree to a set of principles that would stop the war.
Washington Post:
After Warnings to Moscow, U.S. Has Few Options  —  The Bush administration mixed strong rhetoric with modest action yesterday in response to Russia's continued military incursion in Georgia, warning that Moscow's international aspirations are threatened if it does not honor a negotiated cease-fire in the conflict.
Seumas Milne / Guardian:
This is a tale of US expansion not Russian aggression
Discussion: The Parasite
New York Times:
Russia Backs Separatists as Rice Heads for Talks on Crisis
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:   Conflict Narrows Oil Options for West
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Russia and Georgia at war... in beach volleyball
Think Progress:
McCain: 'In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations.'
Max Boot / Commentary:
From Russia with Bile
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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Fox News:
Kristol: Colin Powell to Endorse Barack Obama  —  Sources say former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol told FOX News exclusively on Wednesday.  —  “He may well give a speech …
Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Casey Tapped for Dem Convention
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
James Gerber / Political Radar:
Powell Says He's Not Going to Dem Convention
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Johnny, I hardly knew ye  —  After covering John Edwards — and liking him — for years, what I thought I knew about him was wrong.  But reporters often misjudge candidates.  —  John Edwards at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 26, 2008.
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 Hambling / Danger Room:
Laser Gunship Fires; ‘Deniable’ Strikes Ahead?  —  Boeing announced today the first ever test firing of a real-life ray gun that could become US special forces' way to carry out covert strikes with “plausible deniability.”  —  In tests earlier this month at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico …
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David Hambling / New Scientist:   US boasts of laser weapon's ‘plausible deniability’
The Boeing Company:   Boeing Tests Entire Weapon System on Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft
People.com:
The Edwards Affair: Elizabeth's ‘Excruciating Anguish’  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards stunned the nation with his televised confession Aug. 8 that he had an extramarital affair.  Battling cancer that her doctors call incurable, his wife, Elizabeth …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
New Books Aim To Unweave the Obama Narrative  —  In two autobiographies and dozens of speeches, Barack Obama has weaved the narrative that defines his campaign: An introspective boy gradually comes to terms with his mixed-race heritage and emerges with an “unprejudiced” worldview.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Conventional Nonsense  —  MAKING THE CASE FOR A PRESS BOYCOTT OF THE NATIONAL POLITICAL CONVENTIONS.  —  With just one exception over the last three decades, the two major parties have known the identity of their likely presidential candidate weeks or even months before gaveling their national political conventions open.
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Ed Driscoll.com
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Hair Samples in Anthrax Case Don't Match  —  Strands From Mailbox in Princeton Are Not From Ivins, Investigators Say  —  Federal investigators probing the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks recovered samples of human hair from a mailbox in Princeton, N.J., but the strands did not match the lead suspect …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Hullabaloo
Deborah Haynes / Times of London:
Iraq minister: US combat troops to pull out in three years under deal  —  American soldiers will withdraw from cities across Iraq next summer and all US combat troops will leave the country within three years, provided the violence remains low, under the terms of a draft agreement with the Iraqi Government.
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Tech Plan to Continue Hands-Off Approach to Regulation  —  Under fire for being a technophobe, John McCain will unveil a technology agenda that bundles previously announced pro-business proposals with continued support for a hands-off approach to regulation.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Amanda Terkel / Salon:
John McCain, Internet dunce
Discussion: Open Left and Think Progress
Associated Press:
Newly released files show Julia Child was a spy  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Before Julia Child became known to the world as a leading chef, she admitted at least one failing when applying for a job as a spy: impulsiveness.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and TigerHawk
 
 
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