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11:30 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
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.
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Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgian army moves to retake South Ossetia  —  DZHAVA, Georgia - Georgia launched a major military offensive Friday to retake the breakaway province of South Ossetia, prompting Moscow to send tanks into the region in a furious response that threatens to engulf Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, and Russia in all-out war.
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:
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.
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
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton to Speak at Denver Convention
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Tweaks Obama's Hawaii Vacation  —  Kailua Beach Park (450 Kawailoa Road, East O'ahu, Hawaii): This park includes the beach where locals claim Obama was photographed emerging from the sea during his last vacation in Hawaii.  —  Chevron (Kuhio Highway, Princeville, Kaua'I, Hawaii) …
Discussion: The New Republic
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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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New York Post:
OLYMPIC BACKFIRE  —  CHINA DROPS ITS DRAWERS  —  I RARELY watch sports on TV.  I'm a doer, not a viewer.  But I usually make an exception for the Olympics.  —  Not this year.  I'm staging my own private boycott.  Anyway, I'm more interested in what's going to happen outside of the sports facilities.
Discussion: A Blog For All and alicublog
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Political Cycles  —  You're in a plane and you're flying over the campaign at a level of about 10,000 feet, and you look down and see: Not much has changed.  Battle lines fixed, topography the same, troops pretty much where they were.  —  But land the plane, walk around and talk to people, and you realize: This thing is moving.
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: Gawker, Vox Popoli, Eunomia and pandagon.net
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.”
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cheney will speak at GOP convention  —  Vice-President Dick Cheney will speak at the Republican National Convention next month in St. Paul on the same night as President Bush, according to representaives for the vice-president and John McCain's campaign.  —  “The Vice President looks forward …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?
Josh White / Washington Post:
Tactic Used After It Was Banned
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Washington Post:
Texas's Disdain  —  THE STATE of Texas had an opportunity …
Los Angeles Times:
Reneging on a right  —  ENDORSEMENTS 2008: By banning same-sex …
Washington Post:
Atlantic Scores Internal Clinton Campaign Emails
Discussion: MSNBC
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
A $2.3 Billion Loss for Fannie Mae
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Pushing Plan for Afghan Army
Washington Post:
McCain Pledges To Help Ohioans
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The Huffington Post:
DNC Parodies “Dems Praise McCain” Ad ... By Using The Same Talking Heads
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Study Cautions Against Strike on Iran's Nuclear Facilities
Discussion: Think Progress
George McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
My Party Should Respect Secret Union Ballots
Discussion: Hot Air and The Moderate Voice
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
Prince George's raid prompts call for probe
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Minnesota Governor Looks to National Stage
Discussion: The Caucus, MSNBC and TIME.com
Annette Witheridge / Daily Mail:
John Edwards love child rumours threaten the Barack Obama presidential campaign
Peter Schmidt / The Chronicle:
Bizarre Incident During Obama Visit to Ohio College Is Seen as Unavoidable