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9:30 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.
Elise Labott / CNN:
U.S. official: Russia's attack on Georgia is ‘disproportionate’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Russia's use of strategic bombers and ballistic missiles against Georgia's civilians outside of the South Ossetian conflict is “far disproportionate” to Georgia's alleged attack on Russian peacekeepers, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Donklephant
New York Post:
RAPING GEORGIA  —  RUSSIA INVADES AN AMERICAN ALLY  —  AS I write, Russian tanks grind into a brave and isolated democratic state.  —  Assuming that the world's attention would focus on Beijing, Moscow stage-managed an elaborate act of aggression against Georgia.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Candidates' Reactions to Georgia Conflict Offer Hints at Style on Foreign Affairs  —  LAS VEGAS — When Russian troops rolled into South Ossetia on Friday, Senator John McCain's response was immediate and tough.  —  Russia had crossed “an internationally recognized border into the sovereign territory …
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 …
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
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Kosovo and South Ossetia
Discussion: The Duck of Minerva
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.
Bonnie Fuller / The Huffington Post:   Elizabeth Edwards Drank Her Husband's Kool-Aid And Became His “Ambition Enabler”
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?
Ron Beasley /
McCain in a nutshell  —  Is Barack Obama fit to be president?  That is a question we hear all the time.  But Rex Nutting of Dow Jones MarketWatch wonders why few are asking the same question about St John McSame.  He takes a look on John McCain's resume and doesn't see much that would qualify him to lead the nation.
Freddie Wilkinson / The Huffington Post:
K2: What The Mainstream Media Isn't Reporting  —  The media frenzy surrounding the recent tragedies on K2 climaxed on Wednesday with a front page article in the New York Times.  Though disjointed, the article did sketch out the rough facts that by now have been widely reported in the mainstream news.
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Obama: star of his own movie  —  His ‘celebrity’ comes from an emotional identity with voters, not from ‘rock star’ hysteria.  —  THE MOST UBIQUITOUS POLITICAL trope of the presidential campaign has been that Barack Obama is not just any old politician; he's a “rock star.”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 42%  —  Preferences have been stable last few days  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds Barack Obama with a 47% to 42% lead over John McCain, when registered voters are asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today.
Discussion: Donklephant and Open Left
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Minnesota's Vice Presidential Contender  —  Being on John McCain's short list for vice president makes Tim Pawlenty a busy guy.  —  One day last week began with a meeting on security for the upcoming Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., where Gov. Pawlenty will play host.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Hot Air and True North
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: Gates of Vienna and Vox Popoli
Brooks Jackson / Newsweek:
More Tax Deceptions  —  McCain misrepresents Obama's tax proposals again.  And again, and again.  —  McCain released three new ads with multiple false and misleading claims about Obama's tax proposals.  —  A TV spot claims Obama once voted for a tax increase “on people making just $42,000 a year.”
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