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2:15 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.”
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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.
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
THAT WORD “CRISIS” DOES NOT MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Mike Allen's PLAYBOOK
Discussion: Texas Monthly
Washington Post:
McCain's Focus on Georgia Raises Question of Propriety
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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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.
Robert Farley / American Prospect:
But What Does it Mean for NATO?
CNN:
Bush warns Russians against ‘bullying’
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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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.
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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
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Evidence in Georgia Belies Russia's Claims of ‘Genocide’  —  By ANDREW OSBORN in Tskhinvali, Georgia, and JEANNE WHALEN in Moscow  —  Russia's assertions that it was provoked into war by “genocide” in South Ossetia and that it is observing a cease-fire in Georgia came under new challenge Thursday …
Discussion: Danger Room
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Philip Stephens / Financial Times:
The vulnerabilities that lie behind Putin's belligerence
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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain, RNC report $96 million cash on hand  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - John McCain and the Republican National Committee started August with a hefty $96 million, financially flush and strongly positioned to compete with prolific fundraiser Barack Obama and the Democrats.
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.
 
 
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Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Think Progress and The Swamp
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The End of Placeness  —  The end of placeness is one of the features of the campaign.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Commentary
Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney gets carded at polling place
Stuart Koehl / Weekly Standard:
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Wonk Room:
McCain's Privacy Paper Gets His Own Record Wrong
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Obama Nation  —  With events in Georgia over the past week …
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Pakistan Daily Times:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Scott Thill / Wired News:
East Coast Avengers Call For Bill O'Reilly's Head
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Tom Hayden / The Nation:
Today in The Nation: Defunding the Peace Movement
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Son Sat on Troubled Bank's Board
Lynn Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Doc blames Clintons for 9/11 miniseries' DVD holdup
Discussion: AlterNet and Power Line