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5:35 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 …
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 …
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 …
Charles Ganske / Russia Blog:
War in Georgia: Yawns and Kneejerks in America
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Eunomia
The New European / Transatlantic Politics:
Russia crushes Georgia and Europe's hopes for energy independence
Discussion: Pajamas Media
New York Post:
RAPING GEORGIA  —  RUSSIA INVADES AN AMERICAN ALLY
Discussion: Eunomia, Pajamas Media and neo-neocon
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Kosovo and South Ossetia
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
A Threat Explodes In Georgia
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Edwards Infidelity Trumps Georgia War
Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili / Associated Press:
Russian troops raid Georgian town; scores dead
Discussion: TigerHawk
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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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Edwards  —  I never much liked John Edwards as a politician...and I guess we now know that he's a heel as a human being, too.  But that doesn't mean his tawdry personal life is any of my concern.  Consensual sex among adults isn't something that we in the media should bother about …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Media Matters for America:
David Gregory on Edwards: “Is this another skeleton in the Democratic closet that Barack Obama must struggle to overcome?”  —  On the August 8 edition of MSNBC's Race for the White House, host David Gregory baselessly suggested that former Sen. John Edwards' (D-NC) disclosure of an extramarital affair …
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 …
The Moderate Voice:
10 Thoughts On The John Edwards Affair
CNN:
McCain again slams Obama ‘celebrity’ in new radio address  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain is using his weekly radio address today to continue to attack his opponent, Barack Obama, as a celebrity.  —  “The Democratic National Convention is just a couple of weeks away.
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McCain, Obama go at it on radio
Discussion: TIME.com and Buck Naked Politics
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Why McCain would be a mediocre president  —  Commentary: It's not a given that Republican candidate has the right stuff  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — In his frivolous Paris and Britney ad, Sen. John McCain has asked the right question: Is Barack Obama ready to lead this country?
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
Dr. Helen:
Where have all the Vikings Gone?  —  This morning, I read the magazine What Is Enlightenment that Glenn picked up for me from a local health food store because the cover had a number of articles about men including “Constructing the New Man,” “19 Powerful Women Tell the Truth about Men,” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
Democrats compromise on party platform  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Democrats shaped a set of principles Saturday that commits the party to guaranteed health care for all, heading off a potentially divisive debate and edging the party closer to the position of Barack Obama's defeated rival, Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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