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10:35 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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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 …
Washington Post:
Rice: Draft Truce Protects Georgia
Discussion: The Corner and On Deadline
New York Times:
Bush Aides Say Russia Actions in Georgia Jeopardize Ties
Discussion: Comedy Central
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:   McCain Warns of a ‘Dramatically Different Relationship’ …
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.”
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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
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.
Discussion: TIME.com and GINA COBB
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
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 … 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.
Sharon Waxman / WaxWord:
The Edwards Affair: The Law of the Tabloids
Discussion: DBKP, NewsBusters.org and Salon
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
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
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
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain raises $27 million in July  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - John McCain raised $27 million in July, his largest one-month fundraising haul since clinching the Republican presidential nomination, while the Republican National Committee brought in nearly $26 million.
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
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.
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 and TIME.com
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
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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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
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?
Chris Mondics / Philly.com:
Phila. law firm's 9/11 suit dealt setback
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Kevin K. / Rumproast:
The Truth about PUMA Conference 08 ... You Can't Spell “Conference” Without “C-O-N”
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ryan / Think Progress:
Rep. Sali: There ‘Could Be Up To Forty Barrels Of Oil In A Single Tree’
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Anatomy of a smear  —  Anyone looking for a good reason …