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2:00 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
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 …
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
The New European / Transatlantic Politics:
Russia crushes Georgia and Europe's hopes for energy independence
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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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  —  (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 …
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.
Media Matters for America:   David Gregory on Edwards: “Is this another skeleton in the …
Elizabethedwards / Daily Kos:   Today  —  Our family has been through a lot.
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
Say It Ain't So, Elizabeth — You Knew But Supported His Run For President?
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
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 and Buck Naked Politics
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
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.
 
 
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