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5:40 PM ET, August 15, 2008

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Satyam / Think Progress:
McCain: Georgia conflict is the ‘first serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.’  —  Speaking at the Aspen Institute in Colorado yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that recent Russian aggression in Georgia is the “first...serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.”
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Jenna Bush Wedding Pastor Rips McCain  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto report: The pastor who officiated Jenna Bush's wedding ripped into Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday for jokingly volunteering his wife last week for a beauty pageant that often features contestants topless.
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Washington Wire:
Christian PAC to Air Pro-Obama Ad
Discussion: USA Today and TPM Election Central
John R Bolton / Telegraph:
After Russia's invasion of Georgia, what now for the West?  —  At least for now, the smoke seems to be clearing from the Georgian battlefield.  But the extent of the wreckage reaches far beyond that small country.  —  Russia's invasion across an internationally recognised border …
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Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
Russia: Poland risks attack because of US missiles  —  MOSCOW - A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
New York Times:
Rice Presses for Pullout as Georgia Signs Cease-Fire  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was there to see Georgia sign a cease-fire agreement with Russia on Friday and then declared that all Russian troops must leave Georgian territory immediately.  —  Ms. Rice, who was in Georgia …
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Obama Smears  —  There has been a lot of attention given in the last few days to Jerome Corsi's new book, The Obama Nation, which will debut at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.  It seems pretty clear, I think, that conservatives should not hitch their hopes to it.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Reason Magazine
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Jon Henke / The Next Right:
Jerome Corsi  —  The French Revolution produced the saying “no enemies to the Left” - a mindset that has poisoned both the Left and the Right in American politics.  As a result, some figures who should be repudiated have, instead, become prominent representatives.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Criticizing the Author and Not the Candidate
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
McCain Meets With T. Boone Pickens, Dodges Question About Anti-Obama Book  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (ASPEN, COLO.) - T. Boone Pickens was waiting for John McCain in a small conference room at the Aspen Meadows Resort, where the two, according to Pickens, were going to be “talking about the Pickens plan.”
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CNN:
Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say  —  (CNN) — A policeman and a former corrections officer say that on Friday they will unveil evidence of what they claim is their biggest find ever: the body of Bigfoot.  —  Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, a pair of Bigfoot-hunting hobbyists from north Georgia …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Two Georgians Say They Have Bigfoot's Body
Discussion: Web Scout and Slog
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Placeness  —  The end of placeness is one of the features of the campaign.  I do not like it.  —  Pretend you are not a political sophisticate and regular watcher of the presidential race as it unfolds on all media platforms.  Pretend, that is, that you are normal.  —  OK, quick, close your eyes.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan: These Candidates Suck Because I Can't Tell Where They're From
Discussion: The Impolitic
Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Barack Obama blinks in Hillary face-off  —  Russia rolls over Georgia, Hillary Clinton does the same to Barack Obama.  Now we know who's boss.  —  Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination.  That he might not have had much choice …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Tied at 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If the election were held today, registered voters would be equally likely to vote for John McCain (44%) or Barack Obama (44%), according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The Aug. 12-14 polling shows a slight dip …
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Two Large Solar Plants Planned in California  —  Companies will build two solar power plants in California that together will put out more than 12 times as much electricity as the largest such plant today, the latest indication that solar energy is starting to achieve significant scale.
Discussion: The New Republic and VentureBeat
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:   Solar Panels by the Square Mile in California
Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq May Be Stable, But the War Was a Mistake  —  Sometime in May 2003, shortly after U.S. forces had taken Baghdad and President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier under the banner “Mission Accomplished,” an old friend remarked that he thought the war was going pretty well so far.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOSING MY RELIGION?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Losing my religion?  On Saturday night, McCain and Obama appear at their first forum together when they speak at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California.
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Ungrateful Illegals  —  Here in New York City, as is well known, our officials never prosecute illegal aliens.  Nor do they prosecute — or even discourage — people running veritable businesses selling stuff on the sidewalks.  Much of that stuff, of course, is counterfeit designer items from China …
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Exclusive: Death Threats Against Obama and ‘Traitorous Liberals’ Posted On Rightwing O'Reilly Contributor's Website  —  On Wednesday night, Fox “News'” Bill O'Reilly continued his dishonest and deceptive attacks on websites, such as Huffington Post and Daily Kos, which he misleadingly describes as …
Discussion: Orcinus, News Hounds and Firedoglake
 
 
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Loves Its Soccer. Its Team? Don't Ask.
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain admits to pandering on taxes: 'I have to be against tax …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
RUSSIA THREATENS NUCLEAR ATTACK ON POLAND
The Raw Story:
‘Obama the Antichrist?’ CNN actually asks
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Fundraising  —  Campaign manager Rick Davis just told reporters …
Joe Miller / FactCheck.org:
Distorting the DHL Deal
Discussion: The Caucus and Boston Globe
Seth Swirsky / The Huffington Post:
President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What She Doesn't Say  —  K-Lo yesterday:
Discussion: The Corner and INSTAPUTZ
 Earlier Items: 
The Politico:
Sports owners fund McCain, shun Obama
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Robert Farley / St. Petersburg Times:
PolitiFact: Obama campaign cherry-picks sources
Discussion: Wonk Room
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Illusion  —  So far, the international economic consequences …
Alan Au / The Huffington Post:
Is 5'7" John McCain Dressing For Defeat? (PICTURES)
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney gets carded at polling place
Associated Press:
North Texas school district will let teachers carry guns
Wall Street Journal:
Evidence in Georgia Belies Russia's Claims of ‘Genocide’
Discussion: Danger Room
 

 
From Mediagazer:

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

 
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