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12:30 PM ET, August 10, 2008

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Satyam / Think Progress:
Fox News Host Refuses To Talk About Russia-Georgia War, Insists On Covering Edwards' Affair  —  Yesterday, Russia launched a major military offensive against Georgia, which Georgia has called “a state of war.”  Nearly two thousand people have died and the conflict risks sparking a wider war.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Keeping It Rielle  —  John Edwards's confession was a little bit breathtaking.  —  Not the sex stuff.  That happens here all the time.  —  And certainly not covering up the sex stuff.  That happens here all the time, too.  First people uncover; then they cover up.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Sometimes, There's News in the Gutter  —  THE John Edwards “love child” story finally hit the national news media and made the front page of yesterday's Times.  For weeks, Jay Leno joked about it, the Internet was abuzz, and readers wondered why The Times and most of the mainstream media seemed …
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
What Rielle Hunter Told Me  —  A seeker and a New Age spiritualist, John Edwards's other woman believed she could help him make history.  —  The Missing Webisodes  —  These 2006 promotional videos of John Edwards were produced by a company run by Rielle Hunter, who Edwards admitted to having an affair with in August 2008.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and TalkLeft
New York Times:   No DNA test, says woman in Edwards controversy
Ed Hornick / CNN:
Edwards' affair could mean political free fall
Bonnie Fuller / The Huffington Post:   Elizabeth Edwards Drank Her Husband's Kool-Aid And Became His “Ambition Enabler”
New York Times:
Russian Troops Tighten Hold on Georgia  —  GORI, Georgia — Russian troops that had poured into the disputed territory of South Ossetia moved up to the border with Georgia on Sunday, as the conflict appeared to be developing into the worst clashes between Russia and a foreign military since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
“MEANINGLESS STATEMENTS”  —  Barack Obama has been criticized for acting as though he is already President.  That's natural, since the actions in question have been presumptuous: the pseudo-Presidential seal, the speech in Germany, and so on.  Today, one might say that John McCain is acting …
Daily Mail:
The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular  —  The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West.  —  After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed …
Discussion: Danger Room and The Agitator
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
US Election 2008: The joke is finally on Barack Obama  —  Have you heard the one about the presidential candidate who was once so popular that comedians were frightened to make jokes about him?  —  The punchline is this: the more seriously he took himself, the more Barack Obama has become a laughing matter.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton told to portray Obama as foreign  —  Mark Penn, the top campaign strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, advised her to portray Barack Obama as having a “limited” connection “to basic American values and culture,” according to a forthcoming article in The Atlantic.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Pres. Bush declines to slap Misty May-Treanor's bikinied butt  —  President George W. Bush, who played baseball, coached Little League, owned a big league team and watches the Texas Rangers at every opportunity, can't stay away from the U.S. teams at the Beijing Olympic games.
Isambard Wilkinson / Telegraph:
Pakistan army to ask Pervez Musharraf to resign  —  Pakistan's all-powerful army chief will ask President Pervez Musharraf to resign from office within a week, a senior government official claimed today.  —  The claim was supported by a former military aide to the president …
Lawrence Schumacher / St. Cloud Times:
Veteran gets one-on-one chat with Franken  —  There's an old saying in politics that elections are won or lost one vote at a time.  —  On Friday, DFL-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken demonstrated how true that saying can be, when a roundtable on veterans issues at Brigitte's Cafe …
Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama Is a Citizen of Kenya...  Apparently, The One has two...  Obama has Kenyan citizenship as well as US citizenship.  —  THE OBAMA FAMILY— back row from left: Unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Malik (Obongo or Roy), unknown, half-brother Abo, Bernard.
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Race Is In Holding Pattern For Now
Discussion: TIME.com
Guardian:
George Clooney plans to film story of Bin Laden's driver
Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org:
Media Mostly MIA on Obama's 'America No Longer What It Once …
Discussion: Althouse and Townhall.com
Chris Foreman / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Plan to put Tasers in Uniontown schools gets mixed reviews
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Shares Rally as Oil Continues to Fall
Peter Mansoor / Washington Post:
How The Surge Worked  —  Given the divisive debate over the Iraq war …
Discussion: Commentary and SWJ Blog
New York Times:
Anthrax Case Had Costs for Suspects
 Earlier Items: 
ABCNEWS:
Are Democrats Now Pro-Life?  —  As Convention Draws Near, New Talk of a Pro-Life Presence
Mike Allen / Yahoo! News:
McCain mocks Obama oratory
Discussion: pandagon.net
Vanity Fair:
Jeffy Lube  —  Jeff Goldstein's attention-sucking antics …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
The surge is working? Hardly.
New York Times:
In Loose Style, McCain Leads a Camp Divided
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 42%
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
Obama: star of his own movie
Discussion: JammieWearingFool