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12:15 PM ET, August 15, 2008


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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: and The New Republic
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.
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
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Pastor: No ‘gotcha’ questions for McCain, Obama
Discussion: The Swamp and Connecting.the.Dots
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
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
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.
ESPN:   Edwards' “other woman” revives memories of a gruesome scandal
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.
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, and Time
Philip Stephens / Financial Times:
The vulnerabilities that lie behind Putin's belligerence
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bush chides Russian ‘bullying’ in Georgia
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
Washington Post:
Pakistani President Expected to Resign
Discussion: Informed Comment and On Deadline
Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
The Lieberman Option  —  A vice-presidential pick is always important, but John McCain confronts a starkly existential choice this year.  —  Is he running as a Republican or chiefly as a bipartisan deal-maker?  Does he have a reasonable shot at victory, or face desperately long odds?
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
John McCain ponders advantage of promising one-term presidency
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
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Potential VP candidates fill Wednesday speaking slots
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 …
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 …
Scott Thill / Wired News:
East Coast Avengers Call For Bill O'Reilly's Head  —  UPDATE: Because it is getting a bit heated in here, I have decided to correct a mistake in the post below.  The role of Ice Man was played by Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk, not Ben Stiller.  I seriously regret the error.  So does Three Times One Minus One.
Discussion: Hot Air and
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Donors pick up convention tab
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
The Argument for Lieberman  —  With John McCain's vice …
Discussion: The Corner and Ed
Weekly Standard:
GOP Opportunities in Pennsylvania
Jeff Mason / Tales from the Trail:
Obama takes shirt off again, goes body surfing in Hawaii
Discussion: Deadline USA
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Name That Elitist!  —  The week's theme in the Obama campaign …
Washington Post:
A Misguided Crackdown  —  Treating the symptoms, but not the cause, of illegal immigration
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain, RNC report $96 million cash on hand
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Tom Hayden / The Nation:
Today in The Nation: Defunding the Peace Movement
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Son Sat on Troubled Bank's Board
New York Times:
U.S. and Poland Set Missile Deal
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Dissecting Obama's School Record
Gallup Daily: Obama Up by 3 on McCain
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
John McCain and the POW church riot
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Kevin K. / Rumproast:
The Truth about PUMA Conference 08 ... You Can't Spell “Conference” Without “C-O-N”
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Opinionator and The RBC