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3:19 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.
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
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Tax Plan  —  Even as Barack Obama proposes fiscally responsible tax reform to strengthen our economy and restore the balance that has been lost in recent years, we hear the familiar protests and distortions from the guardians of the broken status quo.
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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
Discussion: New York Sun and New York Times
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
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 and Angry Bear
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
Gabriela Baczynska / Reuters:
U.S. and Poland sign missile shield deal
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:
Discussion: The Foundry and Swampland
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
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
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Anatomy of a smear  —  Anyone looking for a good reason why the mainstream media took so long to get onboard with the tabloid-sourced news about John Edwards' affair need only look to a story that ran this week about Barack Obama and actor George Clooney.  —  According to the story …
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
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 …
 
 
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ESPN:
Edwards' “other woman” revives memories of a gruesome scandal
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
BARACKY II  —  Finally, a sequel that's even better than the original.
Bob Driehaus / New York Times:
Downtowns Across the U.S. See Streetcars in Their Future
Discussion: The New Republic and Eschaton
Ryan / Think Progress:
Rep. Sali: There ‘Could Be Up To Forty Barrels Of Oil In A Single Tree’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Experts Accuse Bush Administration of Foot-Dragging on DNS Security Hole
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Washington Wire:
Phil Gramm Attends McCain Campaign Briefing
Hindrocket / Power Line:
GIVE THIS WOMAN A PURPLE HEART
Discussion: Hot Air
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WHERE TO DRILL FIRST  —  Those who favor outsourcing …
Discussion: TBogg
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Tech Plan to Continue Hands-Off Approach to Regulation
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Against Progressive Platforms
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
David Flumenbaum / The Huffington Post:
Scandal of the Ages: Documents Reveal Underage Chinese Gymnast
Andrew Stuttaford / The Corner:
No Military Option  —  Michael, beyond some largely symbolic gestures …
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Cruelty to Little Girls
Discussion: Lean Left
Rasmussen Reports:
47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV
KLTV-TV:
Hensarling Asking For Your Signatures On Energy Petition
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Is Expected to Resign in Next Few Days