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9:40 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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ABCNEWS:
Edwards Admits Sexual Affair; Lied as Presidential Candidate  —  In ABC News Interview, Edwards Says He Cheated, but Did Not Father Child  —  John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
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Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron paid Edwards' mistress to relocate  —  gjeffers@dallasnews.com  —  Dallas lawyer Fred Baron told The Dallas Morning News today that he paid relocation and housing expenses for the woman that former presidential candidate John Edwards has confessed to having an affair with.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Edwards admits to affair he denied as candidate  —  WASHINGTON - Former presidential candidate John Edwards, who won nationwide praise and sympathy as he campaigned side by side with his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, admitted in shame Friday he had had an affair with a woman who produced videos as he prepared to launch his campaign.
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Nine Months  —  Overheard in the office: “Why would Edwards admit the affair but deny fathering the child?”  —  I'll tell you why: Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with incurable cancer in late March of 2007.  Rielle Hunter's baby was born in late February of 2008.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ryanteaguebeckwith / Raleigh News & Observer:
John Edwards in 1999  —  What was John Edwards thinking when the National Enquirer story broke?  —  ABC News has not yet aired its interview with the former Democratic presidential candidate, but a celebrated speech by Edwards during the impeachment of Bill Clinton is interesting to re-read.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Marc Ambinder:
Marc Ambinder:
More On Edwards's Admission  —  ** The interview airs tonight on ABC.  —  ** According to people close to the Edwardses, Elizabeth Edwards has secured a primetime speaking role at the Democratic National Convention; John Edwards, as of this point, does not, and people close to him think he will beg off …
Discussion: Salon
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Rulz  —  I realize that everybody gets excited about sex scandals.  It's human nature.  But it's important to keep in mind that John Edwards didn't even come close to winning the nomination and this is just another sleazy tabloid story with absolutely no serious significance …
Karen Friedman / The Huffington Post:
What is wrong with men?  —  OK, fellows, you can answer this better than me.  —  Clinton had his Monica Lewinsky; Newt Gingrich had his his young congressional aide while impeaching Clinton for Monica Lewinsky (that's after divorcing his first wife while she lay in bed with cancer) …
CNN:
Edwards admits to extramarital affair  —  (CNN) — Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted Friday to an extramarital affair.  He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports.  —  “In 2006, I made a serious error …
Discussion: National Post and Big Brass Blog
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
John Edwards Admits To Affair  —  Update: Our money bomb is just under $105,000.  If you can't donate, you can help by lending your name to Accountability Now's efforts to push for a Congressional investigation into the Anthrax attacks.  —  So Edwards did it — not really a surprise …
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Politico:
John Edwards' statement  —  In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs.  I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Edwards' statement  —  Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri sends …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
john edwards single handedly destroys the left's talking point about newt gingrich
Discussion: The New Republic and TVNewser
Washington Post:
John Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Fathering Child
Discussion: Commentary
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
John Edwards' Two Americas Lady-Friends
Discussion: The Corner
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards' statement  —  Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri sends …
Marc Ambinder:
Edwardses Not Expected To Attend The Convention
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards admits he lied about affair
Discussion: The Swamp and Deceiver.com
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He Did Not Have Paternal Relations With That Woman
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   EDWARDS ADMITS AFFAIR IN STATEMENT
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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Times of London:
Georgia says Russian tanks mean ‘war’ in South Ossetia
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
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 …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN'S NEW AD CONTAINS DUBIOUS CLAIMS  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  The McCain campaign has announced it's running yet another TV ad hitting Obama for his “celebrity” and for wanting to raise taxes.  —  The campaign says the ad is being cycled into its buy in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain contrasts celeb Obama with average Americans
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MUST BE GRAND ...  Must be grand to be flying in your private jet …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
GOPer Ousted After Aggressively Championing Offshore Drilling  —  While you were watching that Jew-baiting House candidate go down in flames, another potentially far more significant contest played out last night: A GOP primary challenger ousted GOPer David Davis from his seat in Tennessee's first district …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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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 …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Tire Gauge Lie  —  My friend Michael Scherer writes for Time: … Look, this isn't just a contention, it's a lie.  McCain is saying, day after day, that Barack Obama's “energy plan” consists of urging Americans to inflate their tires.  That's the entire reason why he keeps saying it.
Discussion: The Corner and Time
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   More on the Tire Gauge Lie
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Energy Fumble  —  Politics has its puzzling moments.  John McCain and most of the GOP experienced one late last week.  That was when five of their own set about dismantling the best issue Republicans have in the upcoming election.  —  It's taken time, but Sen. McCain and his party …
Brian Goldsmith / CBS News:
Evangelical Leader Warns McCain On VP Pick  —  Political Players: Richard Land Says VP Selection Is The “Most Important” Decision Of The Campaign … CBSNews.com: You've not always been the biggest McCain fan.  Has he done a good job in this campaign reaching out to you, and reaching out to the Southern Baptists you represent?
Discussion: The Swamp
 
 
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