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11:10 AM ET, August 10, 2008


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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.
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: TalkLeft
Fox News:
Edwards Ex-Mistress Rules Out Paternity Test; Strange Behavior Leaves Many Unanswered Questions in Edwards Affair  —  The ex-mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards said Saturday she will not participate in DNA testing to establish the paternity of her daughter.
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 …
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.
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”
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 …
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.
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
McCain, Obama step up criticism of Russia over Georgia  —  U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain stepped up their criticism of Russia's military activity in Georgia on Saturday, calling for Moscow to withdraw its forces and the international community to facilitate peace talks.
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Anthrax Case Had Costs for Suspects  —  When Perry Mikesell, a microbiologist in Ohio, came under suspicion as the anthrax attacker, he began drinking heavily, family members say, and soon died.  After a doctor in New York drew the interest of the F.B.I., his marriage fell apart and his practice suffered, his lawyer says.
Mike Allen / Yahoo! News:
McCain mocks Obama oratory  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is mocking the oratorical gifts of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), recommending that he “should consider someone with a knack for brevity and directness, to balance the ticket.”  —  “Taking in my opponent's performances is a little …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   No Olympic holiday for McCain's presidential bid
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Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
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Peter Mansoor / Washington Post:
How The Surge Worked  —  Given the divisive debate over the Iraq war …
Discussion: Commentary and SWJ Blog
Are Democrats Now Pro-Life?  —  As Convention Draws Near, New Talk of a Pro-Life Presence
Vanity Fair:
Jeffy Lube  —  Jeff Goldstein's attention-sucking antics …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
The surge is working? Hardly.
 Earlier Items: 
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Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Brooks Jackson / Newsweek:
More Tax Deceptions  —  McCain misrepresents Obama's tax proposals again.
Freddie Wilkinson / The Huffington Post:
K2: What The Mainstream Media Isn't Reporting