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10:45 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, but more importantly we want this sign to take the world by storm.”  I expect it to be enthusiastically adopted by Obama's troops.  —  UPDATE: A Pink Floyd angle.  —  MORE: Star Trek!  “The group is impressed by Mr. Spock however …
Discussion: Hot Air, Orion Hood and Israel Matzav
Michelle Malkin:   5 universal gestures and symbols for Obama supporters
Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgian army moves to retake South Ossetia  —  TSKHINVALI, Georgia - A Cabinet minister says Georgian troops control the capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia.  —  Georgian troops launched a major military offensive earlier Friday to regain control of South Ossetia, prompting a furious response from Russia.
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Fox News:
Georgia, Russia ‘Very Close’ to War Over Breakaway Republic South Ossetia  —  BREAKING NEWS: Russian military says 10 Russian peacekeepers have been killed and 30 wounded in violence in South Ossetia.  —  Developing story, will be updated; read previous story below:
Discussion: TownHall Blog
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.
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: TIME.com and Blogs of War
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.
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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?
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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, which in turn fueled the bipartisan intent of Congress to impeach him …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Stung By FISA, Group to Drop Money Bomb
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
YEP  —  Schumer: “I would answer back hard.  What do you mean [Obama's] not one of us?  It's John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses, and comes from one of the richest families in his state.  It's Barack Obama who climbed up the hard way, and that's why he wants middle-class tax cuts and better schools for our kids.”
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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
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
Discussion: protein wisdom and NY Daily News
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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Richard Borreca / Star Bulletin:
Obama starts isle vacation tomorrow  —  Sen. Barack Obama will get his Hawaii vacation after all.  The Illinois Democrat is expected to arrive in Honolulu tomorrow for a nine-day vacation.  —  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is expected to be accompanied by his wife and two daughters.
Discussion: TIME.com, Time and Lynn Sweet
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Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama expected to arrive Friday for Honolulu visit, private fundraiser
 
 
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Peter Schmidt / The Chronicle:
Bizarre Incident During Obama Visit to Ohio College Is Seen as Unavoidable
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Seven-year-old to Michelle Obama: Let's finish what we started in Iraq