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3:40 PM ET, August 10, 2008


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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 …
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.
Jerome a Paris / European Tribune:
Georgia: oil, neocons, cold war and our credibility
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Gateway Pundit:
Surprise!... OBAMA FLIP-FLOPS On Russian War On Georgia
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
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 …
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
87°  —  The rise and fall of John Edwards
Discussion: The Corner and
New York Post:
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
New York Times:   No DNA test, says woman in Edwards controversy
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
But He Gave Up Golf  —  US President George W. Bush plays beach volleyball with US beach volleyball player Misty May Treanor during a visit to the US team at Beijing's Chaoyang Park Beach on August 9, 2008.  By Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images.  An even classier pic can be seen here.
Mohammed Abbas / Reuters:
Iraq demands “very clear” U.S. troop timeline  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States must provide a “very clear timeline” to withdraw its troops from Iraq as part of an agreement allowing them to stay beyond this year, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Sunday.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S., Iraq Remain Unresolved On Dates for U.S. Troop Pullout
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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.
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: Wake up America and Sister Toldjah
Las Vegas Sun:
McCain's attacks on rival fall flat with vets group  —  Republican offers plan to let some get care outside VA  —  Sen. John McCain, speaking to disabled veterans Saturday in Las Vegas, attacked his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, for his foreign policy record …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What's the answer to this?  —  A commenter here on Friday noted what appears to be a rather glaring contradiction in the case against Bruce Ivins.  In response to criticisms that the FBI's case contains no evidence placing Ivins in New Jersey, where the anthrax letters were sent …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The View From Your Window  —  Beijing, China, 4.30 pm.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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Peter Mansoor / Washington Post:
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