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11:15 AM ET, August 17, 2008

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CBN.com:
Obama Gets Heated on Born Alive Infant Protection Act  —  It seems like Barack Obama's heated answer about The Born Alive Infant Protection Act is making some headlines out there.  The Brody File has decided to break out this clip of video by itself rather than having you sit through the whole 5 minute interview.
Discussion: Political Punch
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CBN.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Barack Obama  —  Attention Brody File readers.  —  I was just granted an exclusive one on one interview with Barack Obama here at the Saddleback Civil Forum.  CBN News was the only media outlet to go behind the scenes and conduct an interview.
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 …
Bob Ewegen / Denver Post:
McCain suggests raiding Colorado's water  —  Memo to: John McCain.  —  From: Five million thirst-crazed Coloradans.  —  Yes, fellow citizens of the state whose official motto is “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting,” John McCain has thunk the unthinkable — and proposed renegotiating the 1922 Colorado River Compact.
Discussion: Moue Magazine
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Mike Saccone / Daily Sentinel:
State officials assail McCain's remarks on Colorado River Compact
Charles Ashby / Pueblo Chiefton:
McCain: Renegotiate 1922 Western water compact
Joe Lauria / The Huffington Post:
Did McCain Help Bait Russia into Georgia?  —  Now that the dust is settling the big question about the dust-up in Georgia remains: Why was Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili so stupid to start this war?  —  There are a couple of theories.  One is Saakashvili was under the mistaken impression …
Discussion: New York Times
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Condi Rice: Russian reputation in ‘tatters’  —  For Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state and an expert on international relations with the Russians, it's a remarkable statement - the one she made today - that, as a result of the conflict with Georgia, Russia's reputation is “in tatters.”
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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Washington Post:
Russia Leaves Troops in Georgia, Despite Conditions of Peace Deal
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
McCain As Good As Obama Was Bad  —  I don't want to get to overheated about what occurred tonight, but I do think McCain had a clear and decisive victory over Obama.  It all comes down to something that Phil Bredesen, the Democratic governor of Tennessee recently said about Obama …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and New York Times
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
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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.
Associated Press:
Forces align against Republicans in Senate races  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the top Republican in charge of the party's Senate campaigns concedes that the GOP will lose seats this year — the only question is how many.  —  With President Bush's ratings at rock-bottom, fewer Republicans signing up to vote …
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
GOP rejects Pelosi's energy proposal  —  Republicans lambasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) energy plan Saturday advising her to “get out of the way” if she was not going to accept GOP solutions to the energy crisis.  —  In her Saturday radio address Pelosi announced that Democrats …
Discussion: Hot Air
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
MCCAIN'S BACK IN THE SADDLEBACK  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Normally, on a night like tonight, we here at First Read would have been liveblogging every moment of Rick Warren's presidential forum.  But with the Olympics and the fact this is THE Saturday Michael Phelps will be making history, we kept our liveblogging in check.
Discussion: marbury and pandagon.net
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.
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
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Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
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