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5:00 PM ET, June 16, 2008

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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
My endorsement  —  A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama.  From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.  —  Over the next four years …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Gore to Appear With Obama  —  FLINT, Mich. - Former Vice President Al Gore will appear in Detroit tonight for his debut campaign appearance with Senator Barack Obama, extending an endorsement and urging all Democrats to rally behind the party's fall ticket.  —  “A few hours from now I will step …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Former Clinton Campaign Manager Joins Obama Team  —  The Obama campaign is about to make its first big hire out of the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Patti Solis Doyle, who was Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign manager until she was ousted in a staff shake up in February …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Solis Doyle to Obamaland  —  As I first reported a couple of weeks ago, former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle is going to work for Obama.  —  She'll be “chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate - whoever he (or she) will be, campaign officials said,” Nagourney reports.
Associated Press:
Obama camp sees possible win without Ohio, Fla.  —  FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.
Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Insiders Take Umbrage at Solis Doyle Move
Discussion: Washington Wire
Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs  —  Obama campaign announces a bunch of new senior hires …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs  —  The Associated Press, one of the nation's largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They're Banned  —  The stories over the weekend were bad enough - the Associated Press, with a long history of suing over quotations from their articles, went after Drudge Retort for having the audacity to link to their stories along with short quotations via reader submissions.
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
AP Gets Worried
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wake up America
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
AP, hole, dig
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Fall and Rise of Hillary Clinton  —  What she won by losing.  —  The victor and the vanquished are standing in a cluttered hallway backstage at the Washington Convention Center, conducting a conversation short and sweet—for one of them, at least.  It's just around noon on June 4 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fiscal Poison Pill  —  A poison pill, in corporate jargon, is a financial arrangement designed to protect current management by crippling the company if someone else takes over.  —  As I read the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center's analysis of the presidential candidates' tax proposals …
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David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Obama's New Chief of Staff: A Fan of the Bush Tax Cuts?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Obama Aide, Reporter Dons Flack Jacket  —  ST. LOUIS — As Barack Obama started fielding questions at a hospital here last week, Linda Douglass stood off to the left, scribbling in a reporter's notebook, as she has in every presidential campaign since 1980.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Trip Pre-Election Day Visit to Iraq and Afghanistan  —  FLINT, Mich. - Senator Barack Obama said today he intends to visit Iraq and Afghanistan before the November election.  —  Mr. Obama, who spoke to the Iraqi foreign minister by telephone this morning, said he was “encouraged” by the reductions in violence in Iraq.
Discussion: Salon and TPM Election Central
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Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Promises to Visit Iraq and Afghanistan Before Election
Discussion: Commentary
BBC:
Blogger arrests hit record high  —  More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report.  —  Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bush backer pens pro-Obama book  —  The conservative Evangelical biographer of George W. Bush and Tom DeLay has moved on to a new subject: Barack Obama.  And his new book, due out this summer, may lend credibility to Senator Obama's bid to win Evangelical Christian voters away from the Republican Party.
Discussion: The New Republic and MSNBC
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
What's Next for MTP?  —  With the poignant farewell to Russert on yesterday's Meet the Press, the conversation is now turning to replacements.  —  Let me just say, that I didn't agree with Tim Russert's approach to his show in every respect.  I thought his obsession with the green-eyeshade stuff could be tedious.
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American soldiers herded the detainees into holding pens of razor-sharp concertina wire, the kind that's used to corral livestock.  —  The guards kicked, kneed and punched many of the men until they collapsed in pain.
 
 
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Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
UNIONS AND PRODUCTIVITY.  —  It's an article of faith …
Matthew Yglesias:
Bringing Back Rudy  —  This David Frum article on the veepstakes …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Big Tim  —  Before he was a journalist, Tim Russert, who died suddenly Friday, was a pol.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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