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7:25 PM ET, August 15, 2008

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Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Jenna Bush Wedding Pastor Rips McCain  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis, Hope Ditto and Rigel Anderson report: The pastor who officiated Jenna Bush's wedding ripped into Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Friday for jokingly volunteering his wife last week for a beauty pageant that often features contestants topless.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bush friend and Obama supporter raises McCain's infidelity  —  Liberals have been itching to get the issue in circulation for weeks, even more so after the John Edwards confession, and now a prominent Obama supporter has obliquely raised John McCain's admitted infidelity to his first wife.
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.”
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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.”
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain rises to ABBA's defense  —  ASPEN, Colorado (CNN) - ABBA might be one of the world's most-ridiculed pop acts, but at long last, John McCain is rising to their defense.  —  Speaking to Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute in Colorado on Thursday, McCain found himself explaining …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
McCain has no comment on anti-Obama book
Jon Henke / The Next Right:
Jerome Corsi  —  The French Revolution produced the saying “no enemies to the Left” - a mindset that has poisoned both the Left and the Right in American politics.  As a result, some figures who should be repudiated have, instead, become prominent representatives.
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Obama Smears  —  There has been a lot of attention given in the last few days to Jerome Corsi's new book, The Obama Nation, which will debut at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.  It seems pretty clear, I think, that conservatives should not hitch their hopes to it.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Criticizing the Author and Not the Candidate
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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 …
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CNN:
Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say  —  (CNN) — A policeman and a former corrections officer say that on Friday they will unveil evidence of what they claim is their biggest find ever: the body of Bigfoot.  —  Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, a pair of Bigfoot-hunting hobbyists from north Georgia …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Two Georgians Say They Have Bigfoot's Body
Discussion: Web Scout and Slog
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Placeness  —  The end of placeness is one of the features of the campaign.  I do not like it.  —  Pretend you are not a political sophisticate and regular watcher of the presidential race as it unfolds on all media platforms.  Pretend, that is, that you are normal.  —  OK, quick, close your eyes.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:   Peggy Noonan: These Candidates Suck Because I Can't Tell Where They're From
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain, Obama Tied at 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If the election were held today, registered voters would be equally likely to vote for John McCain (44%) or Barack Obama (44%), according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The Aug. 12-14 polling shows a slight dip …
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Evidence in Georgia Belies Russia's Claims of ‘Genocide’
Discussion: Danger Room
Joe Miller / FactCheck.org:
Distorting the DHL Deal  —  An AFL-CIO flier and Obama campaign ads say that McCain cost Ohioans 8,000 jobs.  We say that's a distortion of the record.  —  Ads from the AFL-CIO and the Obama campaign claim that McCain is partly to blame for the loss of more than 8,000 jobs in Ohio.
Jon Keller / WBZ-TV:
Kerry For Vice President?  —  Keller's Blog: Kerry For VP Part II  —  BOSTON (WBZ) ― Barack Obama has yet to name a vice presidential nominee and some are wondering if he might turn to Massachusetts to round out the ticket.  —  John Kerry for vice president?  —  Don't dismiss the notion just yet.
Discussion: Slog and Hot Air
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns  —  HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas school district will let teachers bring guns to class this fall, the district's superintendent said on Friday, in what experts said appeared to be a first in the United States.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Slimes Again; Obama Fades  —  McCain recycles the celebrity charge, sans Paris, and removes his lie about Obama's raising taxes on people earning $42,000 a year (while never acknowledging that it was a lie in the first place).  But the personal demonization of Obama …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Slog
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp Unveils “Buy American, Vote Obama” Campaign  —  The Obama camp is pushing a new theme in Pennsylvania tomorrow — it's called the “Buy American, Vote Obama” campaign.  —  Here's the new logo, to be unveiled tomorrow and to appear on stickers and flyers in select towns around the state:
 
 
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Daryl Lang / pdnonline.com:
Bill Would End Ban on Photos of Returning Military Dead
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Obama's Southern Strategy Omits Arkansas, So Far
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Loves Its Soccer. Its Team? Don't Ask.
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain admits to pandering on taxes: 'I have to be against tax …
The Raw Story:
‘Obama the Antichrist?’ CNN actually asks
Byron York / The Corner:
McCain Fundraising  —  Campaign manager Rick Davis just told reporters …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Speaking of Risks
Discussion: The New Republic
Seth Swirsky / The Huffington Post:
President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible
Discussion: Bang the Drum
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What She Doesn't Say  —  K-Lo yesterday:
Discussion: The Corner and INSTAPUTZ
The Politico:
Sports owners fund McCain, shun Obama
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Alan Au / The Huffington Post:
Is 5'7" John McCain Dressing For Defeat? (PICTURES)
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Exclusive: Death Threats Against Obama and 'Traitorous Liberals …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: LOSING MY RELIGION?
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney gets carded at polling place
Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq May Be Stable, But the War Was a Mistake
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Ungrateful Illegals  —  Here in New York City, as is well known …