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4:00 PM ET, August 9, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘Invasion of Georgia’—a ‘3 a.m. moment’  —  When the North Caucasus slid into war Thursday night, it presented Senators John McCain and Barack Obama with a true “3 a.m. moment,” and their responses to the crisis suggested dramatic differences in how each candidate, as president, would lead America in moments of international crisis.
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New York Times:
1,500 Reported Killed in Georgia Battle  —  GORI, Georgia — Russian air attacks over northern Georgia intensified on Saturday morning, striking two apartment buildings in the city of Gori and clogging roads out of the area with fleeing refugees.  —  Russian authorities said their forces …
CNN:
Georgia declares state of war with Russia  —  TBLISI, Georgia (CNN) — Georgia's parliament Saturday approved a request by President Mikhail Saakashvili's to impose a “state of war,” as the conflict between Georgia and Russia escalated, Georgian officials said.
New York Times:
1,500 Reported Killed in Georgia Battle  —  GORI, Georgia — Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia veered closer to all-out war on Saturday as Russia moved parts of its Black Sea fleet toward Georgia's coast and intensified air attacks on Georgia, striking two apartment buildings …
James Traub / New York Times:
Taunting the Bear  —  The hostilities between Russia and Georgia that erupted on Friday over the breakaway province of South Ossetia look, in retrospect, almost absurdly over-determined.  For years, the Russians have claimed that Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili …
Discussion: Eunomia and A Tiny Revolution
The New European / Transatlantic Politics:
Russia crushes Georgia and Europe's hopes for energy independence  —  One of the stakes Europe should care about in the Russian invasion of Georgia are its own efforts to reduce energy dependency on Russia.  If for no other reason such as Georgia being a NATO ally and the 3d largest contingent in Iraq …
Discussion: Eunomia and Pajamas Media
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Kosovo and South Ossetia
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Edwards Infidelity Trumps Georgia War
Discussion: Reuters and A Fistful Of Euros
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Morning Russia-Georgia Roundup
ABCNEWS:
Mistress' Family Challenges Edwards to Take DNA Test  —  Sister of Other Woman in Edwards Affair: ‘Stop Bad-Mouthing My Sister’  —  The family of John Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is challenging the former senator to take a DNA paternity test after his claim that he did not father Hunter's 6-months-old child.
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New York Times:
Reticence of Mainstream Media Becomes a Story Itself  —  For almost 10 months, the story of John Edwards's affair remained the nearly exclusive province of the National Enquirer — through reports, denials, news of a pregnancy, questions about paternity and, finally, a slapstick chase through a hotel in Beverly Hills.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
On adultery, Edwards cites McCain  —  The full version of Bob Woodruff's interview with John Edwards just aired on ABC, figuring Edwards alternately penitent, defensive, and dismissive of the tabloid reports that unearthed his affair.  —  He also, in explaining his view that his dalliance …
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
Old media dethroned  —  Edwards' admission signals the end of the era in which traditional media set the limits of acceptable political journalism.  —  When John Edwards admitted Friday that he lied about his affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, a former employee of his campaign …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
The Early Word: Examining the Edwards Delay  —  As he admitted to an extramarital affair, John Edwards released a deeply self-reflective (or, as The Times's Katharine Q. Seelye put it, “excruciatingly personal") statement on Friday.  But today, the media are taking to self-reflection …
The Moderate Voice:
10 Thoughts On The John Edwards Affair
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
McCain to national press: You've got 38 minutes  —  There's no question that John McCain has made a major change in his media strategy.  The candidate that once spent hours cracking jokes with reporters, now significantly limits access for the national press corps.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Dr. Helen:
Where have all the Vikings Gone?  —  This morning, I read the magazine What Is Enlightenment that Glenn picked up for me from a local health food store because the cover had a number of articles about men including “Constructing the New Man,” “19 Powerful Women Tell the Truth about Men,” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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