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9:40 PM ET, August 17, 2008

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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.
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MSNBC:
Aug. 17: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), political roundtable  —  Baltimore, Md., 9:00 a.m. Boston, Mass., 9:00 a.m. Chicago, Ill., 8:00 a.m. Dallas, Texas, 8:00 a.m. Detroit, Mich., 9:00 a.m. Miami, Fla., 9:00 a.m. Minneapolis …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Caucus
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: Crooks and Liars
CNN:
Warren: McCain did not violate ‘cone of silence’  —  From CNN Sr. National Editor Steve Brusk, CNN's Dana Bash, CNN's Mike Roselli  —  (CNN) - Sometimes you just have to take it on faith.  —  Pastor Rick Warren said John McCain didn't hear any of the questions in advance at Saturday night's Civil Forum …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Jindal stumped when asked to name new ‘big ideas’ that McCain is proposing.  —  This morning on NBC's Meet the Press, host David Gregory asserted that the Republican Party “used to be the party of big ideas.”  Gregory then asked his guest Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), “What's the big idea Senator McCain is campaigning on?”
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
MCCAIN'S BACK IN THE SADDLEBACK  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's “Cross In The Dirt” Story  —  I've now heard it countless times.  McCain has used what appears to be an intensely personal moment in a prison camp as a reason to vote for him in a campaign ad.  As he tells it today, it was the pivotal moment in his struggle to survive in the Hanoi Hilton.
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 …
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.
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New York Times:   Kremlin Says Troops Will Begin Georgia Withdrawal
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Condi Rice: Russian reputation in ‘tatters’
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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New York Times:
In Ukraine, Fear of Being a Resurgent Russia's Next Target
Discussion: ParaPundit and Reuters
Radio Netherlands Worldwide:
Ukraine to join in US-led missile shield in Europe
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Setting The Table For Armageddon  —  Where do they get these crazy ideas? … At this point the single most important hallmark of American conservatism is hypocrisy.  This, after all, is the man who stole an election and then invaded a country that had not threatened us in the name of spreadin' democracy.
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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Harold Pollack / American Prospect:
DOES ANYONE CARE HOW WE ACTUALLY RUN THE GOVERNMENT?  SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT DEBATE.  —  This month's Atlantic has a great James Fallows analysis of campaign debates.  Buried deep is a compilation prepared by Sidney Blumenthal and Daniel Freifeld for the Clinton campaign, in which they examined reporters' questions in 15 debates.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The RBC
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.
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Deployments Are a Factor in Army's Deficit of Majors  —  Service's Plan for Growth Also Contributes to a Gap That Could Take Five Years to Close  —  The Army's growth plans and the demands of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are contributing to a shortfall of thousands of majors …
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Discussion: TIME.com
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Diane / cab drollery:
A New Low  —  On August 5, US newspapers carried the story …