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10:20 AM ET, August 9, 2008

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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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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.
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas lawyer Fred Baron paid Edwards' mistress to relocate  —  gjeffers@dallasnews.com  —  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.
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: Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
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.
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.
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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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Barack Obama's newest surrogate: John McCain
Discussion: Firedoglake
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Cheney to Speak at Republican Convention
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.
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:
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Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
McCain, Obama tiptoe across vice presidential minefield
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Heath Shuler and the VEEPstakes
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