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3:40 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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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.
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
Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs  —  Obama campaign announces a bunch of new senior hires …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Obama campaign rounds out general election staff
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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
Discussion: Associated Press and TIME.com
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
Obama Promises to Visit Iraq and Afghanistan Before Election  —  From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:  —  (FLINT, Mich.) Barack Obama told Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the telephone this morning that he would end the U.S. occupation in Iraq and promised to visit the country before the general election in November.
Discussion: Commentary and TIME.com
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Plans Trip Pre-Election Day Visit to Iraq and Afghanistan
Discussion: Salon and TPM Election Central
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Boston Globe and Political Punch
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 42%
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
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 …
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Oversight Committee Subpoenas Justice Department for Plame Documents  —  Today, the Oversight Committee issued a subpoena to Attorney General Mukasey compelling the production of FBI interview reports of Vice President Cheney and President Bush and other documents regarding the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Raw Story
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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 …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on right to sue Cabinet officers  —  The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to spell out when members of the President's Cabinet and other high federal officials may be sued for constitutional violations by their subordinates.  The case grows out of a lawsuit against former Attorney …
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David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Rule on Bias Suit by Detainee
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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.
 
 
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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Man Who Helped Create ‘Daisy Ad’ Dies
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Matthew Yglesias:
Bringing Back Rudy  —  This David Frum article on the veepstakes …
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Lieberman for Veep?  —  I wrote a story in March noting …
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