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7:05 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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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 …
D. S. Hube / NewsBusters.org:
NBC's Andrea Mitchell Floats Idea McCain Cheated
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   No more hugs as Obama tears into McCain
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Saddleback: McCain Wins, Obama Camp Whines
Discussion: The Jed Report
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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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits  —  Excitable Andy has decided to Swift Boat John McCain: … Uh huh.  Because the sign of the cross is a pretty well-kept secret, so how could prison guards invoke it twice in one century?  FWIW, the story appears in McCain's 1999 “Faith Of My Fathers” …
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
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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Kamran Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan's Musharraf announces resignation
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 …
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
Iranian claims of jet range dismissed  —  Iran's claim of having increased the range of its fighter jets, allowing them to fly as far as Israel and back without refueling, did not signify any new operational abilities, an arms expert said on Sunday.  —  Iranian state TV quoted …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Defense Tech
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Bob Barr, the Master of a Curious Universe  —  “I still plan someday to do a book on Bob Barr's laws of the universe,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate for president.  —  The rules of Bob Barr's universe are many and fascinating.  Several have to do with his libertarian principles …
Discussion: Lonewacko and The Other McCain
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Watched as a Squabble Turned Into a Showdown  —  WASHINGTON — Five months ago, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, long a darling of this city's diplomatic dinner party circuit, came to town to push for America to muscle his tiny country of four million into NATO.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Jindal stumped when asked to name new ‘big ideas’ that McCain is proposing.