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11:45 AM 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.
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
Edwards Infidelity Trumps Georgia War  —  Unbe-fricking-leivable!  I am now officially disgusted with America's insular and navel-gazing punditry.  En masse and on a bipartisan basis the media, commentators and bloggers have decided that the Edwards Affair story is more important than events in South Ossetia.
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 …
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Morning Russia-Georgia Roundup  —  Your morning Confrontation in the Caucasus (somebody tell me if CNN picks up that catchy alliteration, so I can sue) update:  — Georgia claims to have shot down ten Russian aircraft; the Russians say they've lost two.  Significant Russian air attacks over Georgia …
Washington Post:
Stopping Russia  —  THE OUTBREAK of fighting between Russia …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Eunomia
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.
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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.
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: Los Angeles Times and Hot Air
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.
Media Matters for America:   David Gregory on Edwards: “Is this another skeleton in the …
Karen Friedman / The Huffington Post:   What is wrong with men?  —  OK, fellows, you can answer this better than me.
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.
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.”
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.
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McCain, Obama go at it on radio  —  Barack Obama is vacationing in Hawaii, but he and Republican rival John McCain will be jockeying today on the airwaves.  —  Obama, giving the weekly Democratic radio address, says that this week there have been “two stark examples of exactly what's wrong with Washington.”
Discussion: TIME.com
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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Barack Obama's newest surrogate: John McCain
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.”
 
 
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