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9:40 AM ET, August 18, 2008

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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 “cone of silence” on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.  —  Members of the McCain campaign staff …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain protests NBC coverage  —  McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis asked Sunday for a meeting with Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, to protest what the campaign called signs that the network is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the Presidential race.”
William Kristol / New York Times:
Showdown at Saddleback  —  While normal people were out having fun Saturday night, I was home in front of the TV.  But I wasn't enjoying the Olympics.  Your diligent columnist was dutifully watching Barack Obama and John McCain answer the Rev. Rick Warren's questions at Saddleback Church.
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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Musharraf Announces His Resignation  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Under pressure over impending impeachment charges, President Pervez Musharraf announced he would resign Monday, ending nearly nine years as the head of one of the United States' most important allies in the campaign against terrorism.
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CNN:
Musharraf says he will resign Pakistan presidency  —  (CNN) — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation Monday after weeks of pressure to relinquish power.  —  Musharraf told the nation in a televised address that he would step down — nearly nine years after he seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999.
Kamran Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan's Musharraf announces resignation
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Reuters
The Politico:
Obama likely to announce VP this week  —  Senator Barack Obama is expected to choose his running mate this week in a key decision about the direction and narrative of his bid for the White House.  —  A person familiar with the campaign's planning noted that Obama's schedule at the end of this week is open …
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jillstanek.com:
Breaking news: Obama campaign changes story, admits he misrepresented Born Alive vote  —  From the New York Sun, dated August 18: … Bearing in mind the Obama campaign now admits he voted as state senator against the very same legislation passed overwhelmingly on the federal level to stop infanticide …
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Russell Berman / New York Sun:
Obama Facing Attacks From All Sides Over Abortion Record  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to his abortion record in Illinois, Senator Obama is taking flak from all sides.  —  First, Senator Clinton accused him of lacking political backbone in voting “present” on a bill that …
Discussion: Hot Air
David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
Discussion: The Jed Report
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's the Economy Stupor  —  By rights, John McCain should be getting hammered on economics.  —  After all, Mr. McCain proposes continuing the policies of a president who's had a truly dismal economic record — job growth under the current administration has been the slowest in 60 years …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘I will win’  —  A confident Barack Obama raised an extraordinary $7.8 million Sunday at three California fundraisers, most if it in large checks to a Democratic Party committee.  —  “I will win.  Don't worry about that,” he said to the crowd of about 1,300 at his third event of the evening, according to the pool report.
Discussion: TIME.com
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Hillary Clinton's rich friend Lady de Rothschild ambushes Barack Obama  —  Diehard Hillary fans plan to protest at the party's crowning of Obama - and may even vote for John McCain  —  At the Democratic national convention next week, Lynn Forester, Lady de Rothschild, one of Britain's …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama on Clarence Thomas  —  Barack Obama likes to portray himself as a centrist politician who wants to unite the country, but occasionally his postpartisan mask slips.  That was the case at Saturday night's Saddleback Church forum, when Mr. Obama chose to demean Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
Russia Vows Pullout as Troops Dig In  —  Occupied Georgian City Struggles With Aftermath  —  Russia pledged Sunday to begin removing its troops from Georgia on Monday, but the streets of this occupied city reflected a broadening, not a waning, of Russia's military incursion.
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Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Ukraine offers satellite defence co-operation with Europe and US
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Tour of Tskhinvali undercuts Russian version of fighting
 
 
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New York Times:
For Convention, Obama's Image Is All-American
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