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11:45 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’  —  John McCain's performance at a church forum raised speculation that he was not isolated as Barack Obama was being interviewed using questions that would later come Mr. McCain's way.
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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
McCain's New Hope  —  The Candidate Shines at Saddleback Forum  —  It is now clear why Barack Obama has refused John McCain's offer of joint town hall appearances during the fall campaign.  McCain is obviously better at them.  —  Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency …
Discussion: Commentary
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Mitchell Also Circulated Obama's Conspiracy Theory Over Cancelled Troop Visit
Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:   Rick Warren to God-o-Meter: Obama, Dems Can't Just Talk Faith
CNN:
Warren: McCain did not violate ‘cone of silence’
Associated Press:
No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
Discussion: MSNBC and MyDD
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
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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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 …
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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 …
David Freddoso / National Review:
Life Lies  —  In 2001, Senator Barack Obama was the only member …
Discussion: Ross Douthat, NO QUARTER and Power Line
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: The Corner
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www.dcexaminer.com:
Pelosi and Pickens, investment partners
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama reaps big bucks at S.F. fundraisers
Discussion: Hot Air and Lynn Sweet
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
Sullivan Spreads Smear of McCain's POW Record  —  It's not surprising that Andrew Sullivan is a bit touchy about the fact that John McCain outperformed Barack Obama on Saturday, but he reaches a new low by approvingly linking to a post on DailyKos accusing McCain of fabricating his story …
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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 …
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 …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’  —  British attitudes towards the United States are governed by ignorance of the facts on key issues such as crime, health care and foreign policy, according to a new survey.  —  A poll of nearly 2,000 Britons by YouGov/PHI found that 70 per cent …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
USA Today:
McCain OK with aide's lobbying past  —  ORLANDO — John McCain told USA TODAY on Sunday that he has no problem with his top foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann's past lobbying work.  —  The fighting between Russia and Georgia has brought renewed attention to Scheunemann and the lobbying firm …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and TIME.com
 
 
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Haven Thompson / Wmagazine.com:
Party Animals  —  FROM GEORGETOWN'S ULTRAEXCLUSIVE CONSERVATIVE BARS …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain on Iraq war: ‘I intend to win it’
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Story With a Few Holes
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
McCain reopens the national security gap
Discussion: Commentary
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
In Rural New York, Windmills Can Bring Whiff of Corruption
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Va. DNA Project Is In Uncharted Territory
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain cites questionable story on ‘evil’
 Earlier Items: 
Minnesota Public Radio:
Attending RNC may be difficult for embattled candidates
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Hindsight isn't 20-20  —  IT WASN'T so long ago that erstwhile …
Discussion: pandagon.net and The Corner
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain pulls even in Ohio
Discussion: The Other McCain
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
Obama's Edge in the Coverage Race
Discussion: Corrente
Wall Street Journal:
Obama on Clarence Thomas
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Bob Barr, the Master of a Curious Universe
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Iranian claims of jet range dismissed
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Defense Tech