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11:15 AM ET, August 16, 2008

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Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
McCain and his mother don't recall old lawsuits  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain's divorce was amicable enough that he and his ex-wife jointly brought a lawsuit 10 years later to recover damages for lost mementos, but it wasn't amicable enough …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Robert Kagan / Weekly Standard:
History's Back  —  Ambitious autocracies, hesitant democracies.  —  One wonders whether Russia's invasion of Georgia will finally end the dreamy complacency that took hold of the world's democracies after the close of the Cold War.  The collapse of the Soviet Union offered …
Discussion: Power Line
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
No Cold War, but Big Chill Over Georgia  —  CRAWFORD, Tex. — “The cold war is over,” President Bush declared Friday, but a new era of enmity between the United States and Russia has emerged nevertheless.  It may not be as tense as the nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union, for now, but it could become as strained.
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
JUDGE NULLIFIES JUROR NULLIFICATION: A very interesting post today by Tim Lynch on Cato @ Liberty on a recent jury trial in a drug case: … To read his analysis go to Juror Becomes Fly in the Ointment.  —  For those with a serious interest in jury nullification, I highly recommend Jury Nullification …
The Politico:
Rep.: Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC  —  Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she's happy for the chance to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention—and she predicts that as many as half of the Democrats in the House could join her.
Media Matters for America:
“Media Matters”; by Jamison Foser  —  Sixteen years later, media still peddle Bob Casey myth  —  For the past 16 years, news organizations have been repeating an obvious falsehood about the 1992 Democratic convention.  According to countless news reports — in The New York Times …
Discussion: The Sideshow
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Candidates Face Three Critical Weeks  —  Barack Obama returns to action Saturday after a week's vacation for a joint appearance with John McCain at the Saddleback Church in California.  Obama's reappearance on the campaign trail signals the beginning of three of the most critical weeks of the general election.
Democratic National Committee:
Democratic Leaders  —  Congressional Leaders  —  Speaker of the House: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)  —  Nancy Pelosi made history this year, breaking the marble ceiling to become the first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  With Democrats returning to the majority …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
The Obama Overreach: Refuting A Few of Corsi's Smears By Re-Writing History  —  Don't get me wrong - I half expected to see anti-Obama author Jerome Corsi at today's Bigfoot press conference.  —  But not everything in the Obama campaign's 40-page refutation of Corsi's shoddy and dishonest book “Obama Nation” is fair.
Washington Post:
U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules  —  More Federal Intelligence Changes Planned  —  The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Emptywheel
Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
The Clintons Are Here to Stay  —  Get used to it.  They are not going away.  Anyone who thought that Barack Obama had sent Hillary Clinton back to the Senate to atone for her campaign's sins or banished her husband, baying at the moon, into the wilderness was deluded.
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Majority Want Libertarian Bob Barr Included in Presidential Debates  —  Majority of Independents - 59% - also favor inclusion of Ralph Nader in debates this fall  —  UTICA, New York - More than half of likely voters nationwide - 55% - want Republican-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr …
 
 
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi won't limit vote to offshore drilling
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David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Obama The Antichrist: It's All About Scaring The GOP Base
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
APPROVE THIS MESSAGE  —  A lot of you have probably seen this video.
Discussion: The Impolitic
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where's the Trauma and the Grief?
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Friedman nails McCain on alternative energy hypocrisy
Discussion: Gristmill and Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Keller / WBZ-TV:
Kerry For Vice President?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp Unveils “Buy American, Vote Obama” Campaign
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Slimes Again; Obama Fades
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bush friend and Obama supporter raises McCain's infidelity