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6:45 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 — 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 …
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 …
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 …
Charles Ganske / Russia Blog:
War in Georgia: Yawns and Kneejerks in America
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Eunomia
New York Post:
RAPING GEORGIA  —  RUSSIA INVADES AN AMERICAN ALLY
Discussion: Eunomia, Pajamas Media and neo-neocon
The New European / Transatlantic Politics:
Russia crushes Georgia and Europe's hopes for energy independence
Discussion: Pajamas Media
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Kosovo and South Ossetia
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A Threat Explodes In Georgia
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Edwards Infidelity Trumps Georgia War
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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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Edwards  —  I never much liked John Edwards as a politician...and I guess we now know that he's a heel as a human being, too.  But that doesn't mean his tawdry personal life is any of my concern.  Consensual sex among adults isn't something that we in the media should bother about …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Media Matters for America:
David Gregory on Edwards: “Is this another skeleton in the Democratic closet that Barack Obama must struggle to overcome?”  —  On the August 8 edition of MSNBC's Race for the White House, host David Gregory baselessly suggested that former Sen. John Edwards' (D-NC) disclosure of an extramarital affair …
The Moderate Voice:
10 Thoughts On The John Edwards Affair
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Why McCain would be a mediocre president  —  Commentary: It's not a given that Republican candidate has the right stuff  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — In his frivolous Paris and Britney ad, Sen. John McCain has asked the right question: Is Barack Obama ready to lead this country?
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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: Gates of Vienna and Vox Popoli
CNN:
McCain again slams Obama ‘celebrity’ in new radio address  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain is using his weekly radio address today to continue to attack his opponent, Barack Obama, as a celebrity.  —  “The Democratic National Convention is just a couple of weeks away.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McCain, Obama go at it on radio
Discussion: TIME.com and Buck Naked Politics
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Minnesota's Vice Presidential Contender  —  Being on John McCain's short list for vice president makes Tim Pawlenty a busy guy.  —  One day last week began with a meeting on security for the upcoming Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., where Gov. Pawlenty will play host.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Hot Air and True North
Freddie Wilkinson / The Huffington Post:
K2: What The Mainstream Media Isn't Reporting  —  The media frenzy surrounding the recent tragedies on K2 climaxed on Wednesday with a front page article in the New York Times.  Though disjointed, the article did sketch out the rough facts that by now have been widely reported in the mainstream news.
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
 
 
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