Weekend in Review: So Much for Edwards; Nevada’s Nuke Waste; Unseating Silver, Somehow

John Edwards supposedly came clean about his affair, saying, in an unfortunate use of metaphor, that he had been "stripped bare."

Edwards said he had been "99 percent honest" when denying that affair last October.

He also brought up John McCain’s adultery.

Jonathan Martin thinks the statement is "careful, lawyerly talk and a candid confession."

Here’s what Elizabeth Edwards said.

From Hawaii, Obama said he "understands" that Edwards won’t want to attend the convention (although his wife has already been scheduled to speak).

Maureen Dowd writes "Even in confessing to preening, Edwards was preening. His diagnosis of narcissism was weirdly narcissistic, or was it self-narcissistic?"

Newsweek‘s Jonathan Darman recounts his brief friendship with the other woman, Rielle Hunter, who he met because she was traveling with the campaign, sort of making web videos.

Edwards’ national finance chair helped to relocate both her and the man who claims to be the father–Edwards confidante Andrew Young–to California, and has given her additional money as well.

The editor of the National Enquirer says the magazine has been asking Edwards to take a paternity test for months, and he has refused.

Edwards said Friday he would take one, but the point is moot now because the mother won’t allow a D.N.A. test to take place.

Gail Collins thinks Edwards was awfully vague on a lot of financial and logistical details surrounding the affair.

"It is an egregious failure of judgment and character to let so many people work so hard for a candidacy that Mr. Edwards knew was at high risk of destruction," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

Joe Klein adopts the "politicians-personal-lives-are-personal" stance.

The New York Times public editor thinks the paper should not have more or less ignored the National Enquirer‘s reports.

Michael Calderone explains why Politico didn’t report it further.

Michael Crowley wonders who ratted Edwards out.

Predictably, historical quotes show that Edwards was outraged over Bill Clinton’s infidelities, as well as the fact that Clinton lied to protect his career.

Here are the "webisodes" Hunter was paid to make for the campaign.

And wait! Here’s Bonnie Fuller on the Edwards scandal.

In other news, Obama is running an ad in Nevada highlighting McCain’s stance on storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

The McCain campaign says Obama’s voting record indicates he has also supported the Yucca project.

Speaking for Obama in Nevada, Hillary Clinton said, "Remember who we were fighting for in my campaign."

A self-described "obscure local blogger" reports that Clinton looks "tanned, rested and ready."

First Read cast doubts on the accuracy of an Obama ad that links McCain to lost jobs in Ohio.

In a thoughtful New York Times Magazine cover piece, Matt Bai considers what Obama’s candidacy means for a generation of African-American leaders who came of age during the Civil Rights movement.

David Paul Kuhn writes, "No Democratic candidate for president has ever come so close to calling for an end to the era of identity-based affirmative action as has Barack Obama."

According to the Washington Post, the Democratic Party platform includes concessions to Clinton, but the definite mark of Obama.

Peter Applebaum applauded City Councilman Jim Genarro for drawing attention to the danger that shale drilling will pose to New York City’s water supply.

Reporters were allowed to spend two hours with Michael Bloomberg’s 86-page tax return Friday.

John Sabini is officially gone from the State Senate.

Phil Anderson thinks a mailer from State Senator Serf Maltese’s office looks too much like a campaign flier.

Despite petition challenges, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will have a primary opponent.

It would appear that Daily Gotham’s Bouldin is disappointed with how the left has received Dan Squadron’s campaign.

The Buffalo News berates two of the candidates in a three-way Congressional primary, Jack Davis and Jon Powers, for bad behavior, writing, "Western New Yorkers don’t need either of them that badly."

Errol Louis hopes that one of the two candidates challenging Sheldon Silver unseats him, though it’s a little unlikely.

The New York Times reports on building department reforms, noting, "New procedures require that inspectors be able to see what they are inspecting."

Roatti at The Albany Project posts about a new blog, "Doctors for Congestion Pricing," which, in addition to being oddly timed, goes by the URL "http://stopsheldonsilver.blogspot.com/."

Patti Solis Doyle says she doesn’t feel disloyal to Hillary Clinton now that she’s working for Obama, and finds an unexpected bright side in her former boss’s defeat.

The Financial Times quotes a McCain adviser saying that Joe Lieberman is under consideration for V.P. partly because "he’s never embarrassed anyone."

Washington Whispers tracks down a Black Panther and Yippie and asks them what they think about Obama.

The Times says McCain’s leadership of his campaign bears more resemblance to Bill Clinton than to Obama or Bush.

Mike Allen previews the Atlantic article based on internal documents from the Clinton campaign, and reveals, among other details, that it was Bill who gave the final order to run the "3 a.m." ad.

And The National Review writes of FedEx chief Fred Smith, "Politicians are always tempted to promise overnight results; Smith would be one of the few men who can say he actually produced them, with a delivery guarantee." Weekend in Review: So Much for Edwards; Nevada’s Nuke Waste; Unseating Silver, Somehow