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9:10 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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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.
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Washington Post:   After Warnings to Moscow, U.S. Has Few Options
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Russia and Georgia at war... in beach volleyball
Max Boot / Commentary:
From Russia with Bile
Discussion: The Daily Dish
CNN:
McCain pushes hard line against Russia; aides attack Obama
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Web Scout and Overlawyered
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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The Boeing Company:   Boeing Tests Entire Weapon System on Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft
David Hambling / New Scientist:   US boasts of laser weapon's ‘plausible deniability’
Think Progress:
McCain: 'In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations.'  —  In recent days, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) rhetoric toward Russia has mostly been overblown bluster, including an accusation that the country wanted to restore its old empire.  However, since a cease-fire was announced …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Announces That Lieberman And Graham Are Going To Georgia
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.
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: TigerHawk and Obsidian Wings
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
In a Generation, Minorities May Be the U.S. Majority  —  Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation's population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and The Corner
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TheDenverChannel.com:
Police: Pound Of Cyanide Found In Denver Hotel  —  Canadian Man Had Been Dead For Days Inside Burnsley  —  DENVER — Police confirmed Wednesday that they found about a pound of sodium cyanide in a Denver hotel room where the body of a Canadian man was discovered earlier this week.
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:
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
Rob Crilly / Times of London:
Darfur onslaught ‘to clear way for Chinese oil hunt’ say rebels  —  A major offensive involving 300 Sudanese government battlewagons intended to clear space for Chinese oil exploration in Darfur's far north has begun, according to rebel commanders who have come under attack.
Discussion: The Corner
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi blasts Lieberman  —  (08-13) 14:22 PDT Washington - —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Sen. Joe Lieberman today for making what she called “totally irresponsible” remarks about Democrat Barack Obama, which she warned could prompt Senate Democrats to strip him of his committee chairmanship.
Michelle Malkin:
I shot the Arkansas Democrat Party chairman; Update: Gwatney dies of injuries  —  Update: More horrible news.  Arkansas Democrat Party chairman Bill Gwatney has died of the gunshot wounds.  —  Statement from the DNC: “Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, DNC Vice Chair Lottie Shackelford …
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Charismatic Governor Rises to the Short List
Discussion: marbury and TIME.com
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Conventional Nonsense  —  MAKING THE CASE FOR A PRESS BOYCOTT …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Jeff Mapes / OregonLive.com:
Gordon Smith won't be a McCain leader in Oregon
USA Today:
As gasoline prices drop, interest in smaller cars falls off
Discussion: Right Wing News and ParaPundit
Jules Crittenden:
My Wife's Book  —  “Tethered,” a novel by Amy MacKinnon, literary suspense, Random House.
Fox News:
Bigfoot Trackers Say They've Got a Body
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Ronald Bailey / Reason Magazine:
His Royal Highness, the Dunce of Wales, Speaks Against Biotech Crops
Discussion: Samizdata.net
Ron French / Detroit News:
Foreclosure fallout: Houses go for a $1
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen / News Hounds:
A Firestorm Erupts As Colmes Compares McCain's Infidelity To Edwards'
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
In Split Role, McCain Adviser Is Sometimes a Lobbyist
Discussion: Think Progress
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Veepstakes: McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon?
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Is This What It Means To Be An Obama “Progressive?”
Discussion: Salon
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson's convention streak in doubt
KGMB-TV:
Cokie Roberts Draws Heated Reactions
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Reporters get peek at Meghan McCain's children's book