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7:40 AM ET, August 9, 2008


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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.
Elizabethedwards / Daily Kos:
Today  —  Our family has been through a lot.  Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some - most recently - caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences.  None of these has been easy.  But we have stood with one another through them all.
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron paid Edwards' mistress to relocate  —  —  Dallas lawyer Fred Baron told The Dallas Morning News today that he paid relocation and housing expenses for the woman that former presidential candidate John Edwards has confessed to having an affair with.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Edwards Admits to Affair in 2006  —  Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina said Friday that he had an affair in 2006 with a woman who was not his wife.  But he denied that he was the father of her baby, who was born in February, about a month after Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race for president.
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Say It Ain't So, Elizabeth — You Knew But Supported His Run For President?  —  “You do it yourself, that's what really hurts...” - Radiohead, Just  —  As I write this, we're just a couple of hours into the official mainstream media phase of the John Edwards scandal and I'm already surprised.
Fox News:
John Edwards Admits to Affair, Denies He's Father of Lover's Child  —  Former presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an affair Friday with his former videographer, Rielle Hunter, though he firmly denied tabloid reports that he is the father of her child.
The Politico:
John Edwards' statement  —  In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs.  I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness.
Transcript: John Edwards Interview  —  Read Selections of Bob Woodruff's Interview With John Edwards  —  The following excerpts are from an interview by ABC News' Bob Woodruff of former Sen. John Edwards for ABC News “Nightline” on Aug. 8, 2008.  —  BOB WOODRUFF: Senator …
Karen Friedman / The Huffington Post:   What is wrong with men?  —  OK, fellows, you can answer this better than me.
Byron York / The Corner:
The Edwards Money Angle
Ryanteaguebeckwith / Raleigh News & Observer:
John Edwards in 1999
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Rulz  —  I realize that everybody gets excited about sex scandals.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
John Edwards Admits To Affair
Discussion: TalkLeft and Democratic Strategist
Matt Welch / Reason Magazine:
John Edwards' Two Americas Lady-Friends
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Washington Post:
John Edwards Admits Affair, Denies Fathering Child
Discussion: Commentary and The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards admits he lied about affair
Discussion: The Swamp
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Financial Times:
Lieberman ‘on McCain short-list’  —  Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who has endorsed John McCain, is being vetted as a potential running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful, according to an adviser to Mr McCain's ­campaign.
Discussion: MyDD
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Barack Obama's newest surrogate: John McCain
Discussion: Firedoglake
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Cheney to Speak at Republican Convention
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain contrasts celeb Obama with average Americans
The New / New York Times:
F.B.I. Says It Obtained Reporters' Phone Records  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for The New York Times and The Washington Post in the newspapers' Indonesia bureaus in 2004.
Michael Moore / Guardian:
How to blow it  —  It's the most winnable presidential election in American history - but the Democrats are old hands at losing.  Michael Moore offers some helpful hints on how they might gift it all to the Republicans.  —  “Let's snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”
Real Clear Politics:
Politics' Fraility in Obama Blowback  —  I was unaware until this week that I possess a lisp and am a “satanic hack” and a “racist punk.”  And then the real calumny began.  I was labeled — hold your breath, dear readers — a “conservative political analyst” and a “conservative tool.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Edwards' statement  —  Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri sends over a statement from the former Senator:
George W. Grayson / Asheville Citizen-Times:
Heath Shuler and the VEEPstakes  —  Comments on Topix forums (click to comment):  —  Should Virginia's extremely talented governor Tim Kaine not capture the VEEPstakes, Barack Obama should look several hundred miles to the south for his running mate—specifically, he should recruit Congressman Heath Shuler …
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media:
Trouble in the Caucasus  —  In a move which has put it squarely on a collision course with Putin's Russia, Georgian troops continuing their campaign against South Ossetian separatists are reported by the BBC to be nearing Tskhinvali.  Russia had called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council …
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 …
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:   The Oil Tax Cut Is Good for Growth, Lower Inflation, and Solving the Credit Crunch
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