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3:35 PM ET, August 15, 2008


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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.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS GRANDIOSITY ON DISPLAY  —  John McCain says: “My friends, we have reached a crisis, the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.  This is an act of aggression.”  —  Let's run-down the list.  Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, followed by the US expulsion of Iraq from Kuwait.
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THAT WORD “CRISIS" DOES NOT MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS, SENATOR.... Apparently John McCain thinks the Russian invasion of Georgia is “the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.”  This is, pretty obviously, factually wrong, since you could trot out the Gulf War …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
John R Bolton / Telegraph:
After Russia's invasion of Georgia, what now for the West?  —  At least for now, the smoke seems to be clearing from the Georgian battlefield.  But the extent of the wreckage reaches far beyond that small country.  —  Russia's invasion across an internationally recognised border …
Jim Heintz / Associated Press:
Russia: Poland risks attack because of US missiles  —  MOSCOW - A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
New York Times:
Rice Presses for Pullout as Georgia Signs Cease-Fire  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was there to see Georgia sign a cease-fire agreement with Russia on Friday and then declared that all Russian troops must leave Georgian territory immediately.  —  Ms. Rice, who was in Georgia …
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.
Washington Wire:
Christian PAC to Air Pro-Obama Ad
Discussion: USA Today and TPM Election Central
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOSING MY RELIGION?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** Losing my religion?  On Saturday night, McCain and Obama appear at their first forum together when they speak at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain alarms base with abortion comment
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Georgia: Europe wins a gold medal for defeatism  —  Sarkozy's ‘peace in our time’ deal is a reminder of what could happen if the EU wins more clout  —  To some, China's muscular domination of the Olympic medal table is a powerful allegory of the shifting balance of global power.
Strobe Talbott / Washington Post:
Russia's Ominous New Doctrine?
Discussion: Guardian and FP Passport
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
McCain Meets With T. Boone Pickens, Dodges Question About Anti-Obama Book  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (ASPEN, COLO.) - T. Boone Pickens was waiting for John McCain in a small conference room at the Aspen Meadows Resort, where the two, according to Pickens, were going to be “talking about the Pickens plan.”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain rises to ABBA's defense
Discussion: Shakesville and Obsidian Wings
Anchorage Daily News:
Prosecutors lay out new information against Stevens  —  New information filed late Thursday by federal prosecutors says Sen. Ted Stevens made more than $100,000 in profit off a Florida real estate deal after a friend secretly loaned him $31,000 interest-free to buy a condominium.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Exclusive: Death Threats Against Obama and ‘Traitorous Liberals’ Posted On Rightwing O'Reilly Contributor's Website  —  On Wednesday night, Fox “News'” Bill O'Reilly continued his dishonest and deceptive attacks on websites, such as Huffington Post and Daily Kos, which he misleadingly describes as …
Discussion: Orcinus, Firedoglake and News Hounds
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney gets carded at polling place  —  Vice President Dick Cheney got carded.  Not for drinking but for voting.  —  It happened at the Teton County clerk's office Thursday in Wyoming, when the vice president, accompanied by his wife and a Secret Service detail, dropped in unexpectedly …
Discussion: The Swamp
Jackson Hole Guide:   Cheney casts ballot
Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq May Be Stable, But the War Was a Mistake  —  Sometime in May 2003, shortly after U.S. forces had taken Baghdad and President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier under the banner “Mission Accomplished,” an old friend remarked that he thought the war was going pretty well so far.
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 …
Alan Au / The Huffington Post:
Is 5'7" John McCain Dressing For Defeat?  (PICTURES)  —  There has not been a President in The White House who has stood shorter than 5'8" since President McKinley took office in 1897.  At 5'7" John McCain is up against more than just 6'3" Barrack Obama, he's up against an American population …
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 …
Associated Press:
North Texas school district will let teachers carry guns  —  Comments Recommend  —  HARROLD, Texas — A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to allow teachers and staff to pack guns for protection when classes begin later this month, a newspaper reported.
The Politico:
Sports owners fund McCain, shun Obama  —  Sports team owners may not be John McCain's answer to the Hollywood elite, but they're overwhelmingly supporting his presidential campaign over Barack Obama's.  —  Through the end of June, team owners in the four major sports and their families …
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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Seth Swirsky / The Huffington Post:
President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible
Discussion: Bang the Drum
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What She Doesn't Say  —  K-Lo yesterday:
Discussion: The Corner
Agence France Presse:
Obama's poll standing unhurt by Hawaii getaway
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Hullabaloo
Robert Farley / St. Petersburg Times:
PolitiFact: Obama campaign cherry-picks sources
Discussion: Wonk Room
Tapes: Obama pilot called landing an ‘emergency’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Great Illusion  —  So far, the international economic consequences …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
McCain's Health Care Tax Hike
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Placeness  —  The end of placeness is one of the features of the campaign.
Stuart Koehl / Weekly Standard:
The Pain Game  —  A military response to Russia's aggression?
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Obama Nation  —  With events in Georgia over the past week …
Jeff Mason / Tales from the Trail:
Obama takes shirt off again, goes body surfing in Hawaii
Scott Thill / Wired News:
East Coast Avengers Call For Bill O'Reilly's Head
Discussion: Hot Air and
Lynn Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Doc blames Clintons for 9/11 miniseries' DVD holdup
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
John McCain and the POW church riot