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1:40 PM ET, August 9, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
‘Invasion of Georgia’—a ‘3 a.m. moment’  —  When the North Caucasus slid into war Thursday night, it presented Senators John McCain and Barack Obama with a true “3 a.m. moment,” and their responses to the crisis suggested dramatic differences in how each candidate, as president, would lead America in moments of international crisis.
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New York Times:
1,500 Reported Killed in Georgia Battle  —  GORI, Georgia — Russian air attacks over northern Georgia intensified on Saturday morning, striking two apartment buildings in the city of Gori and clogging roads out of the area with fleeing refugees.  —  Russian authorities said their forces …
CNN:
Georgia declares state of war with Russia  —  TBLISI, Georgia (CNN) — Georgia's parliament Saturday approved a request by President Mikhail Saakashvili's to impose a “state of war,” as the conflict between Georgia and Russia escalated, Georgian officials said.
James Traub / New York Times:
Taunting the Bear  —  The hostilities between Russia and Georgia that erupted on Friday over the breakaway province of South Ossetia look, in retrospect, almost absurdly over-determined.  For years, the Russians have claimed that Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili …
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Kosovo and South Ossetia  —  Ari Rusila argues that the bloody crisis in South Ossetia is directly tracable to Western backing of Kosovo's secession.  While we considered Kosovo's claim “unique,” he argues, “Moscow and [a] few other capitals considered the move a serious step toward …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
New York Times:
1,500 Reported Killed in Georgia Battle  —  GORI, Georgia — Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia veered closer to all-out war on Saturday as Russia moved parts of its Black Sea fleet toward Georgia's coast and intensified air attacks on Georgia, striking two apartment buildings …
The New European / Transatlantic Politics:
Russia crushes Georgia and Europe's hopes for energy independence  —  One of the stakes Europe should care about in the Russian invasion of Georgia are its own efforts to reduce energy dependency on Russia.  If for no other reason such as Georgia being a NATO ally and the 3d largest contingent in Iraq …
Discussion: Eunomia and Pajamas Media
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Edwards Infidelity Trumps Georgia War
Discussion: Reuters and The Duck of Minerva
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Morning Russia-Georgia Roundup
ABCNEWS:
Mistress' Family Challenges Edwards to Take DNA Test  —  Sister of Other Woman in Edwards Affair: ‘Stop Bad-Mouthing My Sister’  —  The family of John Edwards' former mistress, Rielle Hunter, is challenging the former senator to take a DNA paternity test after his claim that he did not father Hunter's 6-months-old child.
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The Moderate Voice:
10 Thoughts On The John Edwards Affair  —  (1.)  The mainstream media let us down yet again by failing to take seriously first rumors and then credible accounts of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair until there was so much smoke that it's a wonder that all of those notably uncurious political reporters …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Scripting News
New York Times:
Reticence of Mainstream Media Becomes a Story Itself  —  For almost 10 months, the story of John Edwards's affair remained the nearly exclusive province of the National Enquirer — through reports, denials, news of a pregnancy, questions about paternity and, finally, a slapstick chase through a hotel in Beverly Hills.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
On adultery, Edwards cites McCain  —  The full version of Bob Woodruff's interview with John Edwards just aired on ABC, figuring Edwards alternately penitent, defensive, and dismissive of the tabloid reports that unearthed his affair.  —  He also, in explaining his view that his dalliance …
Media Matters for America:   David Gregory on Edwards: “Is this another skeleton in the …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
McCain to national press: You've got 38 minutes  —  There's no question that John McCain has made a major change in his media strategy.  The candidate that once spent hours cracking jokes with reporters, now significantly limits access for the national press corps.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
The Huffington Post:
Plouffe: McCain's DHL Deal A Critical Moment Of Campaign  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign claimed that the general election had reached a critical turning point this past week after it was revealed that John McCain and his campaign manager had helped facilitate a merger that could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Ohio.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McCain, Obama go at it on radio
Discussion: TIME.com
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Barack Obama's newest surrogate: John McCain
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Tape Delay by NBC Faces End Run by Online Fans  —  NBC, which owns the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in the United States, spent most of Friday trying to keep it that way.  —  NBC's decision to delay broadcasting the opening ceremonies by 12 hours sent people across the country …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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