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9:40 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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Washington Post:
McCain's Focus on Georgia Raises Question of Propriety  —  After Chiding Obama, He Dwells on Crisis as a President Might  —  Standing behind a lectern in Michigan this week, with two trusted senators ready to do his bidding, John McCain seemed to forget for a moment that he was only running for president.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Rice: Draft Truce Protects Georgia  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived here on Friday in a show of support for Georgia's embattled government, even as Russian troops maintained key positions just a few dozen miles away and Cold War-style rhetoric escalated between Moscow and Washington.
Discussion: The Corner and On Deadline
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:   McCain Warns of a ‘Dramatically Different Relationship’ …
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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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Potential VP candidates fill Wednesday speaking slots
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:   Denver Teasers  —  Such a tease, that Democratic National Convention Committee.
New York Times:
Lawyers' Ties Hint at Extent of Hiding Edwards's 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.
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ESPN:
Edwards' “other woman” revives memories of a gruesome scandal … On Sunday, as I was sitting in my summer cabin in Vermont, completely absorbed in a New York Times story about John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, I began reading a paragraph whose message shot through me like a sudden bolt of electrical current.
Krissah Williams Thompson / Washington Post:
GOP Loyalty Not a Given For Young Evangelicals  —  DULUTH, Ga. — Jonathan Merritt is a Baptist preacher's son with a pristine evangelical lineage.  It was his dad, the Rev. James Merritt, who reportedly brought President Bush to tears in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks when he called the president “God's man for this hour.”
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Zzaki / Political Punch:
Rick Warren Would Have Serious Compunctions About Voting for an Adulterer, Says John Edwards Has Lost the Trust of America  —  I had the privilege of interviewing Rick Warren today, the best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life and the world-famous evangelical pastor.
Discussion: GINA COBB and TIME.com
Washington Post:
Pakistani President Expected to Resign  —  Musharraf, Facing Impeachment, Likely To Step Down Within Days, Officials Say  —  Faced with mounting pressure from former political allies and dwindling support from his international backers, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, once a top U.S. ally …
Discussion: Informed Comment and On Deadline
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
John McCain and the POW church riot  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — They called it the church riot.  —  Sen. John McCain, who is known for his reticence and even discomfort invoking faith on the campaign trail, was once dubbed a “Hell's Angel” for rioting against his captors in Vietnam in order to hold Sunday church services.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and TIME.com
New York Times:
U.S. and Poland Set Missile Deal  —  WASHINGTON — The United States and Poland reached a long-stalled deal on Thursday to place an American missile defense base on Polish territory, in the strongest reaction so far to Russia's military operation in Georgia.
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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.
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Scott Martelle / Top of the Ticket:
Jackson Browne sues John McCain over song use
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain alarms base with abortion comment  —  Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee.
Lynn Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Doc blames Clintons for 9/11 miniseries' DVD holdup  —  ‘Blocking the Path to 9/11,’ produced by John Ziegler and Citizens United, claims that further showing of ABC's controversial project has been quashed.  —  In Hollywood docudramas, when the phrase “miscarriage of justice” is employed …
Discussion: Power Line and AlterNet
 
 
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Associated Press:
Obama bodysurfs at Sandy Beach
Discussion: MSNBC
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Another flub? Bush vowed Navy aid to Georgia too soon
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Up by 3 on McCain
Discussion: American Spectator
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Can a patriotic pitch save McCain's campaign?
Chris Mondics / Philly.com:
Phila. law firm's 9/11 suit dealt setback
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Discussion: New York Sun and Don Surber
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
VICE PRESIDENT GORE?
Discussion: The RBC
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
BARACKY II  —  Finally, a sequel that's even better than the original.
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: FAA Tapes Reveal Drama of Obama Jet Incident
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IF THE EDITORS OF THE NY TIMES WERE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, THEY WOULD FLUNK
Discussion: TigerHawk
Ryan / Think Progress:
Rep. Sali: There ‘Could Be Up To Forty Barrels Of Oil In A Single Tree’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Fighting the Last War
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Anatomy of a smear  —  Anyone looking for a good reason …