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2:40 PM ET, June 16, 2008

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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.
Discussion: The Swamp
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
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   AP, hole, dig
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.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and American Street
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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.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Investigation Advances For U.S. Attorneys Scandal  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers have filed a grand-jury referral stemming from the 2006 U.S. attorneys scandal, according to people familiar with the probe, a move indicating that the yearlong investigation may be entering a new phase.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Predict Obama Will Be Next U.S. President  —  A 52% majority thinks Obama Will Win, Versus 41% Choosing McCain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Not only has Barack Obama recently opened a small lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of voter preferences for the general election …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 42%
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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.
New York Times:
A Delegator, Obama Picks When to Take Reins  —  WASHINGTON — In the months leading up to Senator Barack Obama's big loss in the Pennsylvania primary, he was a detached manager: around, but not meddling.  Rarely on early-morning conference calls with his senior advisers …
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.
James Kirchick / Los Angeles Times:
Bush never lied to us about Iraq  —  The administration simply got bad intelligence.  Critics are wrong to assert deception.  —  Touring Vietnam in 1965, Michigan Gov. George Romney proclaimed American involvement there “morally right and necessary.”  Two years later, however, Romney …
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, MSNBC and Donklephant
 
 
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David Stout / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Swamp
Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs  —  Obama campaign announces a bunch of new senior hires …
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Steven Ginsberg / The Trail:
New Staffer for Michelle Obama
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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