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9:00 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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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 …
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
McCain Warns of a ‘Dramatically Different Relationship’ With Russia in the Wake of Its Invasion of Georgia  —  GOP presidential candidate calls Russia's actions ‘not acceptable behavior in the 21st century’  —  ABOARD THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN PLANE—Republican presidential candidate John McCain kept …
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: CBS News and Open Left
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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.
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:   Denver Teasers  —  Such a tease, that Democratic National Convention Committee.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
VICE PRESIDENT GORE?  —  Vice President Gore?  It has a certain ring.  Most folks have assumed that Gore is off the VP list, but he hasn't been slotted as a convention speaker yet, which is curious since Gore is one of the party's superstars and its most effective spokesperson on energy and the environment.
Discussion: The RBC
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 …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Associated Press:
US, Poland agree to anti-missile defense deal  —  WARSAW, Poland — Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
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Austin Bay Blog:
Up the Ante Diplomacy: US and Poland go for Euro-Anti-Missile
Discussion: FP Passport
 
 
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Gallup:
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Discussion: American Spectator
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Can a patriotic pitch save McCain's campaign?
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Charles Bremner / Times of London:
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ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: FAA Tapes Reveal Drama of Obama Jet Incident
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ryan / Think Progress:
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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 …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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Washington Wire:
Phil Gramm Attends McCain Campaign Briefing