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7:15 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.
Washington Wire:
Christian PAC to Air Pro-Obama Ad  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  A recently launched Christian-based political action committee, the Matthew 25 Network, will air a television ad in support of Barack Obama touting his family values that will coincide with a faith-based forum …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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