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6:15 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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Marc Ambinder:
More On Edwards's Admission  —  ** The interview airs tonight on ABC.  —  ** According to people close to the Edwardses, Elizabeth Edwards has secured a primetime speaking role at the Democratic National Convention; John Edwards, as of this point, does not, and people close to him think he will beg off …
Discussion: Salon and The Daily Dish
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.
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child  —  WASHINGTON - Former presidential candidate John Edwards, who won nationwide praise and sympathy as he campaigned side-by-side with his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, admitted in shame Friday he had had an extramarital affair with a woman who produced videos for his campaign.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
ABC News: Edwards admits affair; Update: Enquirer was “95 to 96% accurate,” says Brian Ross; Update: Edwards statement: “I started to believe that I was special”  —  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?
CNN:
Report: Edwards admits to extramarital affair  —  (CNN) — Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday.  He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and The Nation
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
He Did Not Have Paternal Relations With That Woman  —  Folks sure will be quick to believe John Edwards new admission of semi-guilt to ABC News - he lied in denying an affair with Rielle Hunter, but the baby was born so late after the affair ended that he couldn't possibly be the father:
Discussion: The New Republic
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards admits he lied about affair  —  Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who cast himself as the most electable of Democratic presidential hopefuls, admitted Friday that he held — and lied about — a secret that could have destroyed his campaign and his party's hopes for the White House.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
EDWARDS ADMITS AFFAIR IN STATEMENT
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Washington Post:
John Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Fathering Child
Discussion: TIME.com
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
John Edwards' Two Americas Lady-Friends
Discussion: The Corner
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   John Edwards Admits To Affair
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: Political Machine
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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Times of London:
Georgia says Russian tanks mean ‘war’ in South Ossetia
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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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain contrasts celeb Obama with average Americans
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
More on the Tire Gauge Lie  —  Thinking more about this McCain tire gauge lie, I'm wondering why Barack Obama doesn't just outright call McCain a liar.  All politicians spin, some more agresssively than others, but McCain's claim that Obama's energy policy consists of urging people to inflate …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Tire Gauge Lie
Discussion: The Corner and Time
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.
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 …
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Joe Conason / Salon:
New evidence suggests Ron Suskind is right
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Marc Ambinder:
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 and Marc Ambinder
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
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?
 
 
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