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12:10 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.
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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain's gets confused about the conflict in Georgia.  —  Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) begins his Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “We Are All Georgians” with a warning about the seriousness of the recent conflict between Georgia and Russia: … Perhaps McCain is giving himself a wake-up call …
Rob Kall / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Giving McCain Enough Rope to Hang HImself With Russia Georgia Reaction
Discussion: First Draft
Washington Post:
Blaming Democracy  —  The fundamental principle at stake in Georgia
Discussion: The Opinionator and Commentary
New York Times:
Russia Backs Separatists as Rice Heads for Talks on Crisis
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 …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Payback? Obama snubs Rangel
Discussion: Hot Air
Mark Bieganski / The Oprah blog:
Confirmed: Oprah Winfrey plans to be there when Barack Obama accepts nomination
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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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 …
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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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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PUT NOT YOUR FAITH IN AEI  —  Andrew Sullivan, who's been on a tear on this story, has another good post on the bankrupt posturing of the neocons, jumping at the hopes of a new Cold War with the Russians, despite the lack of the ideological underpinnings on which we fought …
Washington Post:
After Warnings to Moscow, U.S. Has Few Options
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe, TIME.com and Swampland
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New York Sun:
Obama's War on Women
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
U.S. to Grow Grayer, More Diverse  —  Minorities Will Be Majority by 2042, Census Bureau Says  —  The nation's population will look dramatically different by mid-century, becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and a good deal older as it increases from about 302 million to 439 million by 2050 …
Discussion: ParaPundit
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Josh Flory / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
N.C. congressman Shuler, TVA swap land  —  U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., on panel that oversees federal agency  —  TVA has approved a water-access deal for a development group whose investors include U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., who sits on a committee that exercises oversight of the federal utility.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Turns to the Humble Infomercial  —  Maybe He's Trying to Win the Insomniac Vote  —  WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) — The Obama campaign is the first to use a long-form infomercial during the 2008 presidential campaign.  —  If you hadn't noticed, that may have been because the nearly 30-minute program aired …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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 …
 
 
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