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1:50 PM ET, August 16, 2008

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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.
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Andy / Towleroad.com:
Manhunt Chairman Jonathan Crutchley Steps Down from Board
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
New York Times:
Kremlin Agrees to Framework for Cease-Fire in Georgia  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian president, arriving at a news conference in Tbilisi on Friday.  Ms. Rice persuaded Mr. Saakashvili to sign a revised pact.  More Photos >
Discussion: TalkLeft and TIME.com
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Washington Post:
Mythmaking in Moscow  —  THE EVENTS of the past week …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
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: Newshoggers.com and Power Line
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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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Candidates make their appeals to evangelicals  —  LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Until recently, an event like this would have been unimaginable: The Democratic and Republican presidential nominees meeting at a megachurch to face questioning from an evangelical preacher.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Rick Warren Interview: No Compromise With Evil
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.
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Michael Ledeen Leaves AEI  —  Neoconservative historian and writer Michael Ledeen has left the American Enterprise Institute, his intellectual base for well over a decade, Mother Jones has learned.  The decision for Ledeen, a veteran of the Iran contra affair, and AEI to part ways …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Drill, or Not to Drill  —  Will McCain change his mind about Alaskan oil?  —  Pontiac, Michigan  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain says that he's taking another look at the possibility of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska …
Harvey Mansfield / Weekly Standard:
Man of Courage  —  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1918-2008.  —  Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a hero with the hero's virtue of courage.  He displayed courage, he reflected on it.  The display was for all to see, the reflection was deep, difficult, and reserved.  Back to this in a moment.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win  —  It used to be that political campaigns would be satisfied if they managed to settle on an eye-catching font for their T-shirts and trucker caps.  The merchandise wasn't so much designed as it was stamped out like a pile of red, white and blue bunting.
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.
Alex Knapp / Outside The Beltway | OTB:
Left Behind Authors Say Obama Is Not the Antichrist  —  The authors of the best-selling Left Behind authors have done their research and are now positive that Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. … Well, you would think that that settles that, right?  Wrong.  Of course LeHaye and Jenkins can't say that Obama is the Antichrist!
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David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Obama The Antichrist: It's All About Scaring The GOP Base
 
 
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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
GOP Hack Tries To Attack Obama, But Slams McCain Instead
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama Woos Abortion Foes With Platform Embracing Motherhood
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Discussion: The Sideshow
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Majority Want Libertarian Bob Barr Included in Presidential Debates
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi won't limit vote to offshore drilling
Discussion: www.redstate.com
 Earlier Items: 
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
The Obama Overreach: Refuting A Few of Corsi's Smears By Re-Writing History
Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
The Clintons Are Here to Stay
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