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12:55 AM ET, August 9, 2008


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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.
Elizabethedwards / Daily Kos:
Today  —  Our family has been through a lot.  Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some - most recently - caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences.  None of these has been easy.  But we have stood with one another through them all.
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron paid Edwards' mistress to relocate  —  —  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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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) …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Edwards Admits to Affair in 2006  —  Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina said Friday that he had an affair in 2006 with a woman who was not his wife.  But he denied that he was the father of her baby, who was born in February, about a month after Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race for president.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Corner
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 and Needlenose
Byron York / The Corner:
The Edwards Money Angle  —  The Raleigh News & Observer has a statement from Fred Baron, the Texas trial lawyer who was finance chairman of John Edwards' campaign and who paid to relocate Rielle Hunter and the Andrew Young family from North Carolina to California.  From the News & Observer:
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Rulz  —  I realize that everybody gets excited about sex scandals.
Marc Ambinder:
More On Edwards's Admission  —  ** The interview airs tonight on ABC.
Discussion: Salon
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:   John Edwards' Two Americas Lady-Friends
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Edwards' statement  —  Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri sends …
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Say It Ain't So, Elizabeth — You Knew But Supported His Run For President?
Marc Ambinder:
John Edwards's Statement: “I Made A Serious Error In Judgment”
Washington Post:
John Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Fathering Child
Discussion: Commentary
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He Did Not Have Paternal Relations With That Woman
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards admits he lied about affair
Discussion: The Swamp and
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:   john edwards single handedly destroys the left's talking point about newt gingrich
James Poulos / Postmodern Conservative:
Get Your War On  —  The fat is, at long last, in the fire.  Russia and Georgia are doing the Big Dance. … The ‘frozen conflicts’ in Ossetia and Abkhazia have served for years as big blocks of ice keeping a Russo-Georgian war from thawing to life.  No longer.
New York Times:
Russia Threatens Retaliation After Georgia Says It Fired on Planes
Times of London:
Georgia says Russian tanks mean ‘war’ in South Ossetia
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 …
Real Clear Politics:
Politics' Fraility in Obama Blowback  —  I was unaware until this week that I possess a lisp and am a “satanic hack” and a “racist punk.”  And then the real calumny began.  I was labeled — hold your breath, dear readers — a “conservative political analyst” and a “conservative tool.”
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Barack Obama's newest surrogate: John McCain  —  I love this new radio ad.  It uses Barack Obama's best attack dog to go after John McCain — John McCain himself.  —  Direct link (audio, .mp3)  —  Here's the transcript:
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain contrasts celeb Obama with average Americans
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!
Michael Moore / Guardian:
How to blow it  —  It's the most winnable presidential election in American history - but the Democrats are old hands at losing.  Michael Moore offers some helpful hints on how they might gift it all to the Republicans.  —  “Let's snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”
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 …
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