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9:00 AM ET, August 16, 2008

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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: 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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp Unveils “Buy American, Vote Obama” Campaign  —  The Obama camp is pushing a new theme in Pennsylvania tomorrow — it's called the “Buy American, Vote Obama” campaign.  —  Here's the new logo, to be unveiled tomorrow and to appear on stickers and flyers in select towns around the state:
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Slimes Again; Obama Fades  —  McCain recycles the celebrity charge, sans Paris, and removes his lie about Obama's raising taxes on people earning $42,000 a year (while never acknowledging that it was a lie in the first place).  But the personal demonization of Obama …
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.
Paul J. Saunders / Washington Post:
Georgia's Recklessness  —  The fates of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are chief among the many issues that are still unresolved in the war between Georgia and Russia.  What's clear, however, is that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered his country's military to assert his authority over South Ossetia by force.
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James Kilner / Reuters:
Russian convoy moves deeper inside Georgia: witness
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.
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.
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
Obama The Antichrist: It's All About Scaring The GOP Base  —  Last night CNN aired a segment wondering aloud whether or not Obama is the Antichrist.  It's just the latest step in making what ought to be an outrageous and nonsensical bit of religious nuttery into an actual campaign issue.
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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 …
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 …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Two Georgians Say They Have Bigfoot's Body
Discussion: Web Scout and Slog
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Friedman nails McCain on alternative energy hypocrisy  —  (Suck on this, McCain) Since he's trying to exploit the anger Americans are feeling at the pump by basing his entire domestic platform on an “all of the above” energy policy, don't you think John McCain would be wise to actually show …
Discussion: Gristmill and Think Progress
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.
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 …
 
 
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Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi won't limit vote to offshore drilling
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Joe Kiloz / CNN:
Obama hits the beach
David Brooks / New York Times:
Where's the Trauma and the Grief?
Daryl Lang / pdnonline.com:
Bill Would End Ban on Photos of Returning Military Dead
Discussion: Think Progress
Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Obama's Southern Strategy Omits Arkansas, So Far
Discussion: TIME.com and Arkansas Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bush friend and Obama supporter raises McCain's infidelity
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Two Large Solar Plants Planned in California
Discussion: Dot Earth and The New Republic
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Loves Its Soccer. Its Team? Don't Ask.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Speaking of Risks
Discussion: The New Republic
Joe Miller / FactCheck.org:
Distorting the DHL Deal