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5:45 PM ET, August 16, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama nearly doubles McCain haul  —  Barack Obama raised $51 million in July, nearly twice as much as John McCain.  —  McCain revealed Friday that he raised $27 million last month, his best month of the campaign.  —  The summer surge pushed Obama over the $400 million mark for what he's raised …
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Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Raised $51 Million in July  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised $51 million in July, falling short of his one-month record, but raising enough to end the month with $65.8 million in the bank — a formidable number for the middle of the summer.  —  Obama's July fundraising efforts …
Discussion: Don Surber, pandagon.net and TIME.com
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama's July fundraising bodes well for fall race
Discussion: Hot Air
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Obama to General Wesley Clark: Your Services Not Needed  —  (General Wesley Clark speaking at Yearly Kos Convention in Chicago, 2007)  —  General Wesley Clark is not attending the Democratic National Convention.  —  He was informed by Barack Obama's people that there was “no reason to come.”
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General Wesley Clark / WesPAC:
General Wesley Clark on CNN's Situation Room
Discussion: European Tribune and TalkLeft
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama's Massive Headfake: Hillary for VP?  —  The reasons to think Hillary Clinton will not the Democratic VP nominee are myriad.  Among them:  — Clinton's camp says she is not being vetted  — VoteBoth, a Clinton-for-VP project by two former Clinton operatives, has shut down, proclaiming Clinton's VP chances nonexistent
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Faith and values on center stage with McCain and Obama  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The political spotlight will shine on Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama on Saturday night when the two candidates are expected to face tough questions on personal values, presidential leadership and international affairs.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Manhunt backlash  —  The executives of a gay sex site are apparently more concerned about the perception that they're associated with John McCain than McCain is about the association with them.  —  The chairman of the board of Manhunt, the Cambrige-based hook-up site, was forced to resign after reports that he gave $2,300 to McCain.
Washington Post:
Mythmaking in Moscow  —  THE EVENTS of the past week in the small Caucasus republic of Georgia will prompt animated debates about Russia and U.S.-Russian relations.  We view the events as confirmation of the dangerous challenge posed by an authoritarian regime unwilling to recognize the sovereignty of its former imperial possessions.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
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New York Times:
Kremlin Agrees to Framework for Cease-Fire in Georgia
Discussion: TalkLeft
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ More Specific  —  As Senator Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, party leaders in battleground states say the fight ahead against Senator John McCain looks tougher than they imagined, with Mr. Obama vulnerable …
Discussion: Liberal Values and TIME.com
Burt Hubbard / Rocky Mountain News:
Colorado turns purple in polls  —  Electorate's great divide is by age and geography  —  A political battle for the ages may become a battle of the ages.  —  Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are neck-and-neck in Colorado, solidifying the state as a key …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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.
Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama campaign soliciting ‘soft money’ for convention  —  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has decried the practice and vowed to reform convention funding, but the Denver Host Committee was facing a budget shortfall.  —  WASHINGTON — Facing a large deficit …
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Old legal feuds divided, linked McCain and ex-wife  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An old lawsuit on record at the city courthouse reveals a moment of friction between John McCain's mother and his ex-wife.  Years later, McCain and his former wife presented a united front in a lawsuit of their own.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
GOP Hack Tries To Attack Obama, But Slams McCain Instead  —  GOP strategist John Feehery attacks Barack Obama for proposing a UN Security Council resolution to deal with the crisis in Georgia...but John McCain has the exact same position.  —  It provided for a funny moment on Hardball — but only if you knew the facts.
 
 
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Kevin Vaughan / Rocky Mountain News:
Ticket give-away creates suspicion
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Heckuva Job Bushie
Discussion: The Sideshow
David Remnick / New Yorker:
BOUNDARY ISSUES
Ann Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Data Raise Questions On Role of Speculators
Discussion: naked capitalism and The Swamp
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama Woos Abortion Foes With Platform Embracing Motherhood
Alex Knapp / Outside The Beltway | OTB:
Left Behind Authors Say Obama Is Not the Antichrist
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Michael Ledeen Leaves AEI
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Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Robert Kagan / Weekly Standard:
History's Back  —  Ambitious autocracies, hesitant democracies.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi won't limit vote to offshore drilling
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Candidates Face Three Critical Weeks