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9:55 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Michelle Malkin:   5 universal gestures and symbols for Obama supporters
Byron York / The Corner:
Hillary, the Convention, and Women's Equality Day  —  I was corresponding yesterday with a person who is quite knowledgeable about doings in the Democratic party, asking what Hillary Clinton will be up to at the convention.  Of course she'll speak.  And guess what?
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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.
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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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.
Discussion: Blogs of War
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Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgian army moves to retake South Ossetia  —  TSKHINVALI, Georgia - Georgian troops launched a major military offensive Friday to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, prompting a furious response from Russia — which vowed retaliation and sent a column of tanks into the region.
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Matt Browner Hamlin / The Huffington Post:
The Olympics Are Political  —  Today the 2008 Summer Olympics start in Beijing.  The debate in the lead up to the Games has focused on whether or not this sporting event, representing the pinnacle of thousands of athletes' careers, is also a time to discuss politics.
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Annette Witheridge / Daily Mail:
John Edwards love child rumours threaten the Barack Obama presidential campaign  —  Barack Obama's supporters yesterday tried to distance him from a potentially damaging sex scandal.  —  His possible running mate John Edwards faced renewed suggestions that he had a love child.
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Tom Bemis / MarketWatch:
Media's self censorship is a bigger scandal than Edwards
Agence France Presse:
Rice: US would be safe under Obama
David Brooks / New York Times:
Lord of the Memes  —  All my life I've been a successful pseudo-intellectual, sprinkling quotations from Kafka, Epictetus and Derrida into my conversations, impressing dates and making my friends feel mentally inferior.  But over the last few years, it's stopped working.  People just look at me blankly.
Discussion: Vox Popoli, Eunomia and pandagon.net
Peter Schmidt / The Chronicle:
Bizarre Incident During Obama Visit to Ohio College Is Seen as Unavoidable  —  Officials of the U.S. Secret Service say there is nothing they could have done to avoid an incident yesterday in which Barack Obama was heckled by a strangely behaving man in the press section during an appearance at an Ohio college.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Accountability Now/Strange Bedfellows Money Bomb today  —  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 …
Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama expected to arrive Friday for Honolulu visit, private fundraiser  —  U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is expected to arrive in Hawai'i on Friday with his family to begin a weeklong vacation before preparations for the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month.
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Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
Prince George's raid prompts call for probe  —  Berwyn Heights mayor denounces police tactics  —  When the shooting stopped, two dogs lay dead.  A mayor sat in his boxers, hands bound behind his back.  His handcuffed mother-in-law was sprawled on the kitchen floor, lying beside the body …
Discussion: On Deadline and Classical Values
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Seven-year-old to Michelle Obama: Let's finish what we started in Iraq  —  I'll say this much for the Obamas: No one has more interesting political conversations with second-graders than they do.  Something for everyone here — for the righties, some easy snark that the correct way to proceed …
Jeff Dobbs / The Voice in My Head:
Exxon-Obama  —  Via Jim Geraghty at Campaign Spot, we have this from Jake Tapper at ABC: … Geraghty's post is titled: … Sorry we don't have time to create an entire site, but perhaps this will help...  What's next, we find out that Obama is a puppet of Dick Cheney?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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George McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
My Party Should Respect Secret Union Ballots
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CNN:
Congressman wants to bring up “Paris Hilton plan”
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Minnesota Governor Looks to National Stage
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Jacob Gershman / New York Sun:
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Affirmative Action in the News
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Leaked McCain Memo: Paint Obama As A “Job Killing Machine”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Schumer: ‘Hit McCain Harder’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Little Green Footballs:
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