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12:30 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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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.
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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.
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:
Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgia says Russian aircraft bombed its air bases  —  DZHAVA, Georgia - Georgia's Foreign Ministry says that Russian aircraft have bombed Georgian military air bases, inflicting some casualties.  —  The ministry says that a Russian raid Friday on the Marneuli air base destroyed several …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Russia Invades South Ossetia, Georgia Shoots Down Russian Planes
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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Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
THE NEW OBAMA SALUTE.  “We want to see it everywhere, but more importantly we want this sign to take the world by storm.”  I expect it to be enthusiastically adopted by Obama's troops.  —  UPDATE: A Pink Floyd angle.  —  MORE: Star Trek!  “The group is impressed by Mr. Spock however …
Michelle Malkin:   5 universal gestures and symbols for Obama supporters
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Know-Nothing Politics  —  So the G.O.P. has found its issue for the 2008 election.  For the next three months the party plans to keep chanting: “Drill here!  Drill now!  Drill here!  Drill now!  Four legs good, two legs bad!”  O.K., I added that last part.
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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.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Democratic Aides Working on Plan To Keep the Peace At the Convention  —  With the clock running out on preparations for the Democratic convention, advisers to Sen. Barack Obama are scrambling to reach a compromise with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to appease her supporters and find roles for her and her husband.
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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
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton to Speak at Denver Convention
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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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Stung By FISA, Group to Drop Money Bomb
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 …
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 …
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.
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Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
Prince George's raid prompts call for probe
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cheney will speak at GOP convention  —  Vice President Cheney will speak at the Republican National Convention next month in St. Paul on the same night as President Bush, according to representaives for the vice president and John McCain's campaign.  —  “The vice president looks forward …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
CHENEY TO SPEAK AT GOP CONVENTION
Discussion: Salon
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Schumer: Hit back harder
Discussion: D-Day, Open Left and TIME.com
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?
Discussion: The Washington Note
Zack McMillin / Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Cohen on track for decisive victory  —  The bet Steve Cohen campaign made with himself and with the city of Memphis might have seemed naïve.  —  Some critics called it pandering.  —  But Cohen's gut told him to run on his record.  He said his heart told him to embrace the presidential rival …
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Beth Rucker / Associated Press:
Incumbent Tenn. congressman loses primary
Discussion: Washington Wire and Booman Tribune
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.
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Monthly
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.
Extreme Mortman:
When Barry Met Sally  —  Yes we can!  Yes yes yes yes yes yes o sweet Jesus yes we can!  —  Economist magazine: … So that's what Young Frankenstein was grunting!  —  http://www.youtube.com/watch?  v=OP_NKCV_Dn0
Discussion: The Voice in My Head
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Economist:   Obama fatigue  —  Is America beginning to weary of “Yes we can”?
 
 
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