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6:25 PM ET, August 17, 2008

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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.
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Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
The candidates define ‘rich’  —  At last night's forum at Saddleback Church, the Rev. Rick Warren asked a nearly identical set of questions to Barack Obama and John McCain, but one of the more memorable inquiries was just two words: “Define rich.”  —  Obama started with a joke at Warren's expense …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Ed Stoddard / Tales from the Trail:
Obama says pointed abortion query “above his pay grade”  —  DALLAS - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama side-stepped a pointed query about abortion on Saturday by “mega-pastor” Rick Warren during a televised forum.  —  Asked at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama …
D. S. Hube / NewsBusters.org:
NBC's Andrea Mitchell Floats Idea McCain Cheated  —  Think John McCain did pretty well in last evening's Saddleback Civil Forum on Presidency hosted by the Rev. Rick Warren?  You're not the only one.  The Obama campaign thinks he did well too — so good, in fact, that they think he might have cheated.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Rick Warren Forum
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GEORGIA UPDATE....The latest on the ceasefire: … Well, we'll see.  I guess this all depends on whether the Russians have blown up enough Georgian infrastructure by then to satisfy their promise of leaving only after implementing those mysterious “extra security measures” they insisted on inserting into the ceasefire text.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Los Angeles Times
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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 …
New York Times:
In Ukraine, Fear of Being a Resurgent Russia's Next Target
Discussion: ParaPundit
New York Times:   Kremlin Says Troops Will Begin Georgia Withdrawal
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Condi Rice: Russian reputation in ‘tatters’
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Washington Post:
Russia Leaves Troops in Georgia, Despite Conditions of Peace Deal
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
79 Days — Obama wouldn't have nominated Thomas  —  Prime time last night: Faith, Phelps and Favre - whatacountry ... At Rick Warren forum, McCain is blunt and sometimes electric, Obama is calm and reassuring ... McCain quips “$5 million” when asked his definition of rich, then immediately …
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.
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Ukraine Baits the Bear While Condi and Dubya Do Nothing  —  This is the stuff that makes me want to claw my eyes out: … Repeat after me “this is a treaty violation and the Russians can use it as a pretext to break the treaty acknowledging Sevastopol as yours.  Are you sure you can win a war with Russia?
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Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Despite Request, McCain Resorted to Stock Answers at Faith Forum  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (LAKE FOREST, CA.)  - There was one rule evangelical pastor Rick Warren wanted to make clear about his questions to both candidates during his forum on Saturday night, and he said it more than once.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol's weekly moment of shame “...if countries don't have confidence in our ability to help them, it's going to be a much more dangerous world.”  —  By: John Amato @ 10:00 AM - PDT  —  (video and post sent in by PublEuS via email)
Andrew Garber / The Seattle Times:
Primary to winnow the field of candidates  —  Don't count on Tuesday's primary election to predict whether Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire or Republican candidate Dino Rossi will win in November.  Although more than a million people are expected to vote, the primary shouldn't be viewed …
Discussion: MyDD, Open Left and HorsesAss.Org
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What Does Michael Phelps Do For An Encore?  —  What will Michael Phelps do after winning eight gold medals in Beijing?  He plans on going to London - in 2012.  And why not?  He won six gold medals at age nineteen, another eight at age twenty-three, and there is no reason …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
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Karen Crouse / New York Times:
Phelps's Epic Journey Ends in Perfection
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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