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11:15 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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Associated Press:
Obama bodysurfs at Sandy Beach  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama bodysurfed today at Sandy Beach today, a place he frequented as a teen-ager growing up in Honolulu.  —  The presidential candidate was photographed shaking hands with bodyboarders, catching a few waves and paying homage …
Discussion: The Other McCain and MSNBC
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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.”
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Matthew Yglesias and VetVoice
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Mike Allen's PLAYBOOK  —  81 days - Obama once telemarketed NYT subscriptions - Karen Finney b'day - Breaking: HRC proposing luggage-fee exemption for troops  —  Obama releases 41-page rebuttal to best seller ... Maria Comella, Ben Porritt joining McCain campaign ... Matt Burns will come to HQ …
Discussion: Texas Monthly
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.
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CBN.com:
Rick Warren Plans to Bring up Obama, McCain's Personal Life  —  It's going to get a little personal Saturday night at Saddleback Church in California.  John McCain and Barack Obama will spend an hour each talking to Pastor Rick Warren at his Compassion Forum.
Discussion: TIME.com
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.”
USA Today:   Candidates take turns at faith forum
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
Sharon Waxman / WaxWord:
The Edwards Affair: The Law of the Tabloids
Discussion: DBKP, NewsBusters.org and Salon
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 …
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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Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Potential VP candidates fill Wednesday speaking slots
Marc Ambinder:
Obama, Richmond, VA, Next Thursday?  Not Necessarily What It Looks Like...
Pakistan Daily Times:
Deal is done  —  * Coalition offers president safe passage, security cover if he resigns * Nawaz ready to show flexibility  —  ISLAMABAD: The coalition government has offered indemnity and security to President Pervez Musharraf if he resigns, sources privy to the developments said on Thursday.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Washington Post:
Pakistani President Expected to Resign
Discussion: Informed Comment and On Deadline
New York Times:
Bush, Decrying ‘Bullying,’ Calls for Russia to Leave Georgia  —  MOSCOW — Condemning as unacceptable what he called Russia's “bullying and intimidation,” President Bush on Friday said Russia must withdraw its troops from all of Georgian territory and said the United States would stand with Georgia in the conflict.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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New York Times:
Bush Aides Say Russia Actions in Georgia Jeopardize Ties
Discussion: Comedy Central
Washington Post:
Rice: Draft Truce Protects Georgia
Discussion: The Corner and On Deadline
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Another flub?  Bush vowed Navy aid to Georgia too soon  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush Wednesday promised that U.S. naval forces would deliver humanitarian aid to war-torn Georgia before his administration had received approval from Turkey, which controls naval access to the Black Sea …
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
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
 
 
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Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
John McCain ponders advantage of promising one-term presidency
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Ungrateful Illegals  —  Here in New York City, as is well known …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Name That Elitist!  —  The week's theme in the Obama campaign …
Scott Thill / Wired News:
East Coast Avengers Call For Bill O'Reilly's Head
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
Washington Post:
A Misguided Crackdown  —  Treating the symptoms, but not the cause, of illegal immigration
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain raises $27 million in July
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Tom Hayden / The Nation:
Today in The Nation: Defunding the Peace Movement
Discussion: Right Wing News and Don Surber
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Son Sat on Troubled Bank's Board
 Earlier Items: 
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Dissecting Obama's School Record
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Up by 3 on McCain
Discussion: American Spectator
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Can a patriotic pitch save McCain's campaign?
Kevin K. / Rumproast:
The Truth about PUMA Conference 08 ... You Can't Spell “Conference” Without “C-O-N”
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
VICE PRESIDENT GORE?
Discussion: The Opinionator and 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