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1:55 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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New York Times:
Russia Threatens Retaliation After Georgia Says It Fired on Planes  —  MOSCOW — The sharpest fighting since the early 1990s in the disputed Caucasian enclave of South Ossetia threatened to draw Russia and the American-backed former Soviet republic of Georgia into direct military conflict on Friday.
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CNN:
Georgia ‘under attack’ as Russian tanks roll in  —  TBLISI, Georgia (CNN) — Georgia's president said Friday that his country is under attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he accused Russia of targeting civilians as tensions over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia appeared to boil over into full-blown conflict.
Fox News:
Georgia, Russia ‘Very Close’ to War Over Breakaway Republic South Ossetia  —  BREAKING NEWS: Russian military says 10 Russian peacekeepers have been killed and 30 wounded in violence in South Ossetia.  —  Developing story, will be updated; read previous story below:
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Russia Invades South Ossetia, Georgia Shoots Down Russian Planes  —  Russian tanks have moved into the disputed Caucasus region of South Ossetia, dramatically escalating already high tensions with Georgia. … This is still a holdover from the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Georgian, Russian Troops Clash in South Ossetia
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgia says Russian aircraft bombed its air bases
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and At-Largely
BJ Bjornson / Newshoggers.com:   Because there just aren't enough hotspots
Amy Sullivan / Time:
An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?  —  It's not easy to make the infamous Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential campaign seem benign.  But suggesting that Barack Obama is the Antichrist might just do it.  —  That's just what some outraged Christian supporters of the Democratic nominee …
Paul Bedard / US News:
One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute  —  George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000.  And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above.
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Political Cycles  —  You're in a plane and you're flying over the campaign at a level of about 10,000 feet, and you look down and see: Not much has changed.  Battle lines fixed, topography the same, troops pretty much where they were.  —  But land the plane, walk around and talk to people, and you realize: This thing is moving.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Accountability Now/Strange Bedfellows money bomb  —  Richard Nixon, August 8, 1974, 9:01 p.m. from the Oval Office: … Thirty-four years ago today, Richard Nixon was forced from office as a result of mounting public anger, which in turn fueled the bipartisan intent of Congress to impeach him …
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Accountability Now  —  One of the most significant opportunities …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Stung By FISA, Group to Drop Money Bomb
Denver Post:
Clinton backers want vote  —  Brenda Krause is tired of fearmongering among the Democrats.  —  The 55-year-old delegate to the Democratic National Convention doesn't think the party — or its unity — is in any way compromised by her voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the roll call.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Corrente and Sister Toldjah
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Byron York / The Corner:
Hillary, the Convention, and Women's Equality Day
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Roles of Clintons at Convention Start to Clear
CNN:
Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs  —  (CNN) — A Maryland mayor is asking the federal government to investigate why SWAT team members burst into his home without knocking and shot his two dogs to death in an investigation into a drug smuggling scheme.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Group Plans Campaign Against G.O.P. Donors  —  Nearly 10,000 of the biggest donors to Republican candidates and causes across the country will probably receive a foreboding “warning” letter in the mail next week.  —  The letter is an opening shot across the bow from an unusual …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP  —  Schumer: “I would answer back hard.  What do you mean [Obama's] not one of us?  It's John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses, and comes from one of the richest families in his state.  It's Barack Obama who climbed up the hard way, and that's why he wants middle-class tax cuts and better schools for our kids.”
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Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Suskind to Release CIA Interview Transcripts on ‘Forged’ Document  —  Author Ron Suskind says he will release transcripts of his interviews with a top CIA official that will confirm his story that in 2003 the White House ordered the agency to fabricate a phony document linking Iraq to the Sept. 11 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Joe Conason / Salon:
New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right
Discussion: Emptywheel
Marc Ambinder:
Just Asking...  If there were a group of questionable donations all with the name Abdullah  —  that were funneled through a guy in Jordan  —  who is under investigation for war profiteering  —  would this be a bigger deal?
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney to get his time in the GOP convention spotlight  —  The planners of the Republican National Convention have bitten the bullet: They are putting two of the party's least-liked national political figures on the podium on the same night.  —  Vice President Dick Cheney …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cheney will speak at GOP convention
Discussion: TIME.com
Beth Rucker / Associated Press:
Incumbent Tenn. congressman loses primary  —  JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Being linked to “big oil” turned into a big problem for Tennessee Republican freshman Rep. David Davis, who became the first congressman from that state to lose in a primary in more than four decades.
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Woody Baird / Associated Press:
Tenn. Democrat beats lawyer who linked him to KKK
Discussion: Think Progress and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Atlantic Scores Internal Clinton Campaign Emails  —  Just when you thought everyone had moved on... former advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a tizzy over an upcoming piece in the Atlantic Monthly that chronicles the inner workings of the now-defunct campaign.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
After shake-up, McCain ground game revs up  —  A month after a campaign shakeup that reshaped John McCain's field operation, aides to the Republican nominee are touting organizational changes they say are bringing them closer to Barack Obama's sprawling effort.
 
 
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Edith Honan / Reuters:
Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence
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McCain Drops By Iowa State Fair
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White House:
President Bush Attends Dedication of United States Embassy Beijing
Chuck Plunkett / Denver Post:
Seats for Obama's speech snapped up in a day
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New Pentagon Report Uses Language Kerry Used in 2004 that Bush …
Paul Alexander / Associated Press:
White House press corps plane detained in China
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RNC Tweaks Obama's Hawaii Vacation
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New York Post:
OLYMPIC BACKFIRE  —  CHINA DROPS ITS DRAWERS  —  I RARELY watch sports on TV.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Josh White / Washington Post:
Tactic Used After It Was Banned
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
George McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
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