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1:45 PM 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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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.
Washington Post:
Blaming Democracy  —  The fundamental principle at stake in Georgia
Discussion: Commentary and The Opinionator
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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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton's name to be placed in nomination  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's name will be placed in nomination along with nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, an emblematic move intended to unite the party after a divisive primary.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Payback? Obama snubs Rangel
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
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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Amanda / Think Progress:   U.S. Troops Deployed Abroad Reject McCain's Iraq Plans, Donate 6:1 To Obama
Deborah Haynes / Times of London:
Iraq minister: US combat troops to pull out in three years under deal
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
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 …
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.
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.
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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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Neocons And The Soviets  —  It's very bizarre to read the neocons' speaking about Russia as if the Soviet Union were still in existence.  Here's a classic slice of the mindset from Max Boot, who wants a third little war in the Caucasus: … Condi Rice, who really should know better, said:
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Washington Post:
After Warnings to Moscow, U.S. Has Few Options
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and New York Times
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
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 …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Charismatic Governor Rises to the Short List  —  The turning point in Tim Kaine's campaign for Virginia governor in 2005 was an advertisement by his opponent featuring a father whose son had been murdered by a man Mr. Kaine represented on death row.  —  “Tim Kaine says that Adolf Hitler …
Discussion: Washington Post and MSNBC
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Lynn Sweet:
Obama camp said to be leaning towards Biden for vice president.
Discussion: Bleeding Heartland
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Union Drops Tough Social Security Mailer Hitting McCain's Wealth  —  In a move that signals a major new effort to woo elderly voters to Obama, the AFL-CIO is dropping a scorching new mailer in battleground states hammering John McCain on Social Security and directly referencing McCain's wealth …
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Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Social Security Too Hot to Touch? Not in 2008
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 …
Rob Kall / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Giving McCain Enough Rope to Hang HImself With Russia Georgia Reaction  —  Folks are saying McCain has the advantage with the conflict between Russia and Georgia.  —  It seems that Obama is holding back, letting McCain hang himself and McCain is doing a great job.
Discussion: First Draft
 
 
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Lauren Kornreich / CNN:
Firefighters union backs Obama
Discussion: TIME.com
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The Wrong Force for the ‘Right War’
Associated Press:
Chef Julia Child, others part of WWII spy network
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N.C. congressman Shuler, TVA swap land
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Turns to the Humble Infomercial
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain's gets confused about the conflict in Georgia.
 Earlier Items: 
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Obama's Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain: Won't Rule Out Pro-choice Running Mate
Paul Burka / Texas Monthly:
Leave It To Weaver  —  What John McCain's former chief strategist thinks of his campaign.
Discussion: MSNBC
Hector Gutierrez / Rocky Mountain News:
Detention center for protesters won't free them nearby
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Huckabee Says Problem With Romney Is His “Inconsistencies,” Not His Faith
Discussion: TIME.com and Right Wing Watch
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Conventional Nonsense  —  MAKING THE CASE FOR A PRESS BOYCOTT …
Rob Crilly / Times of London:
Darfur onslaught ‘to clear way for Chinese oil hunt’ say rebels