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2:15 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
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
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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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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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
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Toby Harnden / Real Clear Politics:
The Clintons Are Here to Stay
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Obama Woos Abortion Foes With Platform Embracing Motherhood
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Drill, or Not to Drill  —  Will McCain change his mind about Alaskan oil?
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Discussion: The Sideshow
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Zogby Poll: Majority Want Libertarian Bob Barr Included in Presidential Debates
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Candidates Face Three Critical Weeks
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
The Obama Overreach: Refuting A Few of Corsi's Smears By Re-Writing History
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