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2:15 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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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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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.
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:
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Georgian, Russian Troops Clash in South Ossetia
Discussion: Guardian and Hot Air
Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press:
Georgia says Russian aircraft bombed its air bases
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and At-Largely
BJ Bjornson / Newshoggers.com:   Because there just aren't enough hotspots
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Wall Street Journal:
McCain Web Ad Is Accused Of Linking Obama to Antichrist
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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.
Denver Post:
Clinton backers want vote  —  Brenda Krause is tired of fearmongering among the Democrats.  —  The 55-year-old delegate to the Democratic National Convention doesn't think the party — or its unity — is in any way compromised by her voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the roll call.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Corrente and Sister Toldjah
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Roles of Clintons at Convention Start to Clear
Byron York / The Corner:
Hillary, the Convention, and Women's Equality Day
Discussion: Vox Popoli and blogger interrupted
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 …
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Stung By FISA, Group to Drop Money Bomb
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Accountability Now  —  One of the most significant opportunities …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Washington Post:
Atlantic Scores Internal Clinton Campaign Emails  —  Just when you thought everyone had moved on... former advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are in a tizzy over an upcoming piece in the Atlantic Monthly that chronicles the inner workings of the now-defunct campaign.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:   FIRST THOUGHTS: THE OLYMPICS LULL
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Joe Conason / Salon:
New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right
Discussion: Emptywheel
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 …
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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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.
Marc Ambinder:
Just Asking...  If there were a group of questionable donations all with the name Abdullah  —  that were funneled through a guy in Jordan  —  who is under investigation for war profiteering  —  would this be a bigger deal?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cheney will speak at GOP convention  —  Vice President 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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James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Dick Cheney to get his time in the GOP convention spotlight
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
After shake-up, McCain ground game revs up  —  A month after a campaign shakeup that reshaped John McCain's field operation, aides to the Republican nominee are touting organizational changes they say are bringing them closer to Barack Obama's sprawling effort.
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and www.redstate.com
CNN:
Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs  —  (CNN) — A Maryland mayor is asking the federal government to investigate why SWAT team members burst into his home without knocking and shot his two dogs to death in an investigation into a drug smuggling scheme.
 
 
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp: McCain's Latest Celeb Ad “Is A Lie”
Amy Silverman / Phoenix New Times:
Postmodern John McCain: the presidential candidate some Arizonans know — and loathe
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The RBC
Barbara Starr / CNN:
General: ‘Surge’ may not work in Afghanistan
Megan McArdle:
American exceptionalism  —  It's that time of year again …
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Random House pulls novel on Islam, fears violence
Discussion: Power Line and Daimnation!
Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama is a Zero
Discussion: The Corner
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Drops By Iowa State Fair
Discussion: The New Republic
White House:
President Bush Attends Dedication of United States Embassy Beijing
 Earlier Items: 
The Buzz:
Birthday cake hurled onto Lieberman
Discussion: Wonkette and Greatscat!
Chuck Plunkett / Denver Post:
Seats for Obama's speech snapped up in a day
Paul Alexander / Associated Press:
White House press corps plane detained in China
Beth Rucker / Associated Press:
Incumbent Tenn. congressman loses primary
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Tweaks Obama's Hawaii Vacation
Discussion: The New Republic
Josh White / Washington Post:
Tactic Used After It Was Banned
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
George McGovern / Wall Street Journal:
My Party Should Respect Secret Union Ballots
David Brooks / New York Times:
Lord of the Memes  —  All my life I've been a successful pseudo …
Discussion: Gawker and Vox Popoli