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12:15 AM ET, August 18, 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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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 …
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Pastor Warren Contradicts Self on ‘Cone of Silence’  —  Note: Second Update below contains video of Warren's appearance today on CNN.  [9:19 PM CDT]  —  In yesterday's Saddleback Forum, pastor Rick Warren on two occasions referred to John McCain's “cone of silence”, implying strongly …
Discussion: CNN and The Jed Report
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain  —  RENO, Nev. - So much for hugging in church.  —  A day after Barack Obama and John McCain exchanged an embrace during a faith forum at a California megachurch, Obama called the U.S. economy a disaster thanks to “John McCain's president, George W. Bush …
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
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 …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn't in a ‘Cone of Silence’  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Senator John McCain was not in a so-called cone of silence on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.  —  The McCain campaign …
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.
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Rickrocket / Daily Kos:
“Cross in the Dirt” story stolen from Solzhenitsyn (updated X3)  —  I was watching the forum last night and decided that since I hadn't eaten yet, I would try to listen to John McCain speak.  I was doing OK with the “my friends” and the evil chuckle when I heard him talk about his POW story of the cross in the dirt.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
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
New York Times:
In Ukraine, Fear of Being a Resurgent Russia's Next Target
Discussion: ParaPundit and Reuters
Joe Lauria / The Huffington Post:
Did McCain Help Bait Russia into Georgia?
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 …
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.
Andrew G. Biggs / Notes on Social Security Reform:
Obama on Social Security in Manchester Union Leader  —  Sen. Barack Obama has an op-ed in today's Manchester Union Leader regarding Social Security reform.  It's worth reading the whole thing, posted here, but here I'd like to dissect a few factual claims Obama makes in the piece.
Discussion: The Corner and EconLog
New York Times:
For Convention, Obama's Image Is All-American  —  WASHINGTON — One of the first images prime-time viewers will see of the Democratic National Convention next week is that of Michelle Obama, who will begin the four-day introduction of her husband, and her family, on her terms.
Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton stumps for Obama in New Mexico  —  ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged her supporters to work as hard for the election of her former rival, Barack Obama, as they had for her.  —  “We may have started out on two separate paths, but we are on one journey now …
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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Radio Netherlands Worldwide:
Ukraine to join in US-led missile shield in Europe
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Jindal stumped when asked to name new ‘big ideas’ that McCain is proposing.
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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
McCain Says No To Choice: ‘I Will Be A Pro-Life President’
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Despite Request, McCain Resorted to Stock Answers at Faith Forum
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol's weekly moment of shame “...if countries don't have …
Matt / Think Progress:
Will: Lieberman's Office Says He Was ‘Wrong’ To Vote Against Alito In '06
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Kaine's Push for Obama Rolls Into Loudoun
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