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1:20 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Troops stationed abroad donating to Obama by six to one margin
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Dean's World
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
“A Plan to Put Hard-Working Americans First”
Discussion: The Daily Dish
James Pethokoukis / US News:   With Polls Close, Obama Blinks on Taxes
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.
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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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
After The Cold War  —  I've made this point before, but a reader puts it more succinctly:
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
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Payback?  Obama snubs Rangel  —  The Obama campaign is denying House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel a speaking role at this month's Democratic National Convention — a move those close to the powerhouse Harlem congressman view as a spiteful snub.
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Steven Stark / Real Clear Politics:
Breaking the Press  —  With the polls continuing to show John …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Clinton's Name Will Be Put in Nomination
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 …
ABCNEWS:
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
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
David Flumenbaum / The Huffington Post:
Scandal of the Ages: Documents Reveal Underage Chinese Gymnast  —  What began as whispers among the media and gymnastics insiders weeks ago about the ages of three of China's female Olympic gymnasts — Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and He Kexin — has grown into ear-shattering, head-hurting shouts.
New York Times:
Lawyers' Ties in Edwards Case Suggest Extent of Hiding 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.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Media Blog
ccrjustice.org:
In Extremely Rare Occurence Court Moves to Rehear Case of Canadian Rendition Victim Maher Arar  —  Court Acted Sua Sponte, Deciding to Revisit June Decision Against Arar Before Being Asked  —  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an extremely rare order that the case …
Austin Bay Blog:
Up the Ante Diplomacy: US and Poland go for Euro-Anti-Missile  —  This via AP: … Nice AP lede, great comment by PM Tusk.  The Russian invasion of Georgia made “crossing the Rubicon” very politically palatable.  Made is easy for the US to provide Patriots.  —  The VOA report says:
Discussion: Hot Air and FP Passport
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Associated Press:   US, Poland agree to anti-missile defense deal
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GIVE THIS WOMAN A PURPLE HEART  —  Later on I intend to comment on today's events in Georgia and the region, but for now, check out this video of a Georgian television reporter named Tamara Urushadze.  She was reporting from Gori when she was shot, apparently by a sniper.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
Washington Wire:
Phil Gramm Attends McCain Campaign Briefing  —  Laura Meckler reports from Aspen, Colo., on the presidential race.  —  Ousted John McCain campaign co-chairman Phil Gramm is back with the campaign's top advisers this weekend, as the campaign gathers top supporters for a series of briefings in scenic Aspen, Colo.
Ryan / Think Progress:
Rep. Sali: There ‘Could Be Up To Forty Barrels Of Oil In A Single Tree’  —  Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID), who is participating in the GOP's ongoing “Drill Now” energy stunt, has a unique idea about how to bring down gas prices: extracting oil from trees.  In a meeting in his Capitol Hill office …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
 
 
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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
BARACKY II  —  Finally, a sequel that's even better than the original.
Dave Newbart / Chicago Sun Times:
A 9,500-year-old find for U of C fossil digger
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHERE TO DRILL FIRST  —  Those who favor outsourcing …
Discussion: TBogg
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Against Progressive Platforms
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
No Military Option  —  Michael, beyond some largely symbolic gestures …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Huck effort to block Mitt for veep
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San Diego Union-Tribune:
Chicken challenges Bilbray on debates
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Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
A Tumultuous Day for Detroit's Beleaguered Mayor
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Cruelty to Little Girls
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV
KLTV-TV:
Hensarling Asking For Your Signatures On Energy Petition
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Infant Transplant Procedure Ignites Debate
Discussion: The Corner
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Union Drops Tough Social Security Mailer Hitting McCain's Wealth