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9:55 AM ET, August 17, 2008


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Dan / Riehl World View:
Obama: Clarence Thomas Is Just Too Dumb  —  I realize everyone is focusing on Obama's “exp...” gaffe tonight with Rick Warren.  But look for something else in this brief clip via Hot Air.  It seems fairly obvious to me that what Obama actually did, whether he intended to, or not, is imply that Clarence Thomas is simply dumb.
Discussion: Hot Air and PrestoPundit
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's watch the Saddleback Presidential Forum together.  —  Saddle up!  —  7:00 CT: CNN's John King pauses to let other networks join, and when he does, we can hear a voice saying “God who gave us life, gave us...” King drowns that out with the info that this “is not a debate …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Saddleback - Obama  —  8. 57 pm.  I don't retract anything about my concern that the first debate of sorts should be held in a church.  But actually this forum so far was in no way offensive to secular values.  It did not demand adherence to any religious doctrine …
Discussion: Althouse
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Saddleback - McCain
Discussion: American Spectator
Ed Hornick / CNN:
McCain and Obama on the spot at Warren's forum
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Candidate We Still Don't Know  —  AS I went on vacation at the end of July, Barack Obama was leading John McCain by three to four percentage points in national polls.  When I returned last week he still was.  But lo and behold, a whole new plot twist had rolled off the bloviation assembly line …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Prairie Weather
Gateway Pundit:
Kobe Bryant Schools Liberal NBC Announcer On Patriotism  —  It's pretty moving to watch a pampered professional jock show more patriotism than the Democratic candidate for president, more pride in his country than the democratic candidate's wife, and more awareness of this country's opportunities than a liberal NBC announcer.
Diane / cab drollery:
A New Low  —  On August 5, US newspapers carried the story of the capture of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who was trained in neuroscience here in the United States.  Typical of the stories was this one in the NY Times.  The report was fairly neutral, but there were some gaps in the coverage which seemed a little puzzling.
Dr. iRack / abu muqawama:
Rigging the Game?  —  The failure to pass a provincial election law is not the only dark cloud on the election front.  On Dr. iRack's recent Iraq voyage, many U.S. commanders, coalition officials, and Iraqis expressed growing concerns that the “Powers That Be” (Dawa, ISCI, the IIP, PUK …
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
STARS GET READY FOR MILE HIGH TIMES  —  They're putting the party in Democratic Party.  —  Event planners, publicity teams and sound crews are flocking to Colorado in advance of the Democratic National Convention that kicks off a week from tomorrow.  —  Nightclubs and high-end hotels …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Washington Post:
Russia Leaves Troops in Georgia, Despite Conditions of Peace Deal  —  President Bush issued the latest in a series of stern warnings to Moscow on Saturday with little immediate effect, as Russian leaders failed to follow through on a new agreement to withdraw troops from Georgia.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
BUSH AND SAAKASHVILI....Josh Marshall on the Russo-Georgian war: … I've read variations on this theme about a hundred times now, and I really feel like some pushback is in order.  The idea that we somehow prompted Mikheil Saakashvili to undertake his invasion of South Ossetia last week just doesn't bear scrutiny.
Discussion: TigerHawk and FP Passport
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON UKRAINE  —  From TPM Reader OA ...  As I told this reader …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Saddleback: The Contrast  —  A fascinating night that gave us a peek at the fundamental contrast between these candidates.  They both were very good, but in entirely different ways.  Obama was relaxed, reflective, polished, and conversational—truer to the spirit of the event.
Karen Crouse / New York Times:
Phelps's Epic Journey Ends in Perfection  —  BEIJING — It was so surreal to be Michael Phelps here, to listen to people debate whether he is the greatest athlete in Olympic history after he passed a group that included the runners Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi to become the one with the most gold medals.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Discussion: The Raw Story and TigerHawk
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Discussion: The New Republic
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Discussion: TPMCafe
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