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3:55 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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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child  —  WASHINGTON - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer.  He denied fathering the woman's daughter.  —  Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
ABC News: Edwards admits affair  —  Rielle Hunter is his lover — but the kid is not his son.  Er, daughter: … Stand by for updates.  —  Update: Who forced him to finally 'fess up?  The Enquirer?  Hunter?  The Obama campaign?  Other Democratic power brokers?  Mickey Kaus?  Who, I ask you?
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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.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Russia Invades South Ossetia, Georgia Shoots Down Russian Planes  —  Russian tanks have moved into the disputed Caucasus region of South Ossetia, dramatically escalating already high tensions with Georgia. … This is still a holdover from the breakup of the Soviet Union.
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
How Would McCain Mediate A Russia-Georgia Conflict?
Discussion: Think Progress and Newshoggers.com
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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Wall Street Journal:
McCain Web Ad Is Accused Of Linking Obama to Antichrist
Discussion: Boston Globe
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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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Camp: McCain's Latest Celeb Ad “Is A Lie”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MUST BE GRAND ...  Must be grand to be flying in your private jet …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Identity Politics Backfire  —  Nikki Tinker's resounding defeat in her primary challenge to Rep. Stephen Cohen may suggest that identity politics don't work quite as well as they used to.  —  This week the Democratic primary in the mostly African-American Ninth District in Memphis, Tennessee made national headlines.
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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, Tom Watson and Corrente
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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 …
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Michelle Malkin:   Document drop: The “Accountable America” warning letter targeting GOP donors
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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Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama is a Zero
Discussion: The Corner
Gateway Pundit:   Figures.  Weird Obama Salute Was Stolen From Star Trek “Space Hippies” Episode
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
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
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.
Discussion: MSNBC and Washington Monthly
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?
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
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
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.
 
 
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's Tactical Gift to McCain
Discussion: The Swamp and Commentary
Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati.com:
Woman offers POW bracelet to McCain
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
More on the Tire Gauge Lie
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Detroit Mayor Charged With Assaulting Officer
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hamdan Fiasco
Discussion: The Corner
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
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Paul Alexander / Associated Press:
White House press corps plane detained in China
CNN:
Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Tweaks Obama's Hawaii Vacation
Discussion: The New Republic
Josh White / Washington Post:
Tactic Used After It Was Banned
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Cheney will speak at GOP convention