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5:30 PM ET, June 19, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Reach Deal To Expand Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — After more than a year of partisan acrimony over government surveillance powers, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed to a bipartisan deal that would be the most sweeping rewrite of spy powers in three decades.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Bush's latest powers, courtesy of the Democratic Congress  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  CQ reports (sub. req.) that “a final deal has been reached” on FISA and telecom amnesty and “the House is likely to take up the legislation Friday.”  I've now just read a copy of the final “compromise” bill.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama, telecoms and the Beltway system  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  As noted yesterday, Blue Dog Rep. John Barrow of Georgia has been one of the most enthusiastic enablers of the radical and lawless policies of the Bush administration.  When running for re-election …
ACLU:
ACLU Condemns FISA Deal, Declares Surveillance Bill Unconstitutional  —  Contact: (202) 675-2312 or media@dcaclu.org  —  Washington, DC - With news that a surveillance bill may be voted on in the House of Representatives as early as tomorrow, the American Civil Liberties Union sternly warned members against voting for the legislation.
TPM Election Central:
Obama Cuts Ad For Conservative Pro-War House Dem  —  Barack Obama has cut a radio spot for conservative Dem Rep. John Barrow of Georgia, who favors staying in Iraq and favors immunity for the telecom companies, and he's taking a beating from liberal bloggers over it.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S SOME COMPROMISE  —  Who really thinks that the White House and the telecoms would go along with this so-called “conditional immunity” that congressional Democrats have agreed to if they didn't think they could satisfy the condition?  —  All they must do is provide a federal district court judge with …
Office of the House Democratic Majority …:
Bipartisan FISA Compromise Reached
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Shakesville
Washington Wire:
Obama Has Georgia on His Mind
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Obama to Break Promise, Opt Out of Public Financing for General Election  —  In a web video to supporters — “the people who built this movement from the bottom up” — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, announced this morning that he will not enter into the public financing system, despite a previous pledge to do so.
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New York Times:
Obama Opts Out of Public Financing for Campaign  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he would not participate in the public financing system for presidential campaigns.  He argued that the system had collapsed, and would put him at a disadvantage running …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama aide blames McCain on public-financing  —  Obama spokesman Bill Burton is blaming Senator John McCain's campaign for failing, he says, to negotiate in good faith on a course to public financing.  —  “In the past couple of weeks, our campaign counsels met and it was immediately clear …
David Nather / Beyond the Dome:
Obama's Ethics Allies are Not Pleased
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Lynn Sweet:
Obama told Tim Russert at Feb. 27 debate he would “sit down with …
Discussion: The Opinionator and Salon
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain: Obama broke his word
Discussion: The Swamp and The Jed Report
Wall Street Journal:
Angelo's Angel  —  Give Senator Christopher Dodd credit for nerve.  On Tuesday, the very day he finally admitted knowing that Countrywide Financial regarded him as a “special” customer, the Connecticut Democrat also announced that he was bringing to the Senate floor a housing bailout sure to help lenders like Countrywide.
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Commentary
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Timothy P. Carney / Examiner:   Commentary - Bank of America PAC money behind Dodd's Countrywide loan
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Senate Poised to Pass Mortgage Bailout
Discussion: ConnPolitics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Country I Love’  —  This patriotic ad, in which Obama says he was raised with “values straight from the Kansas heartland,” is a reminder of the resources Obama will be able to put behind telling his own story his way, centered on the “deep and abiding faith in the country I love.”
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sevenload:
Tags (keywords) … Thumbnails & Links  —  1 entry … Wow!  I see that economics was not part of her education but Marxist policies were.  For all of you that think the federal government can do ANYTHING efficiently, I have counseling available down the hall.
Republican Leader John Boehner:
Bombshell: House Democrats Call for Government Takeover of Oil Refineries  —  Should the Federal Government Run the Entire Oil Industry?  Senior Dem Says: “To Me, That Sounds Like a Very Good Idea”  —  Two weeks ago, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) shocked many observers when she admitted …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Congress Reaches Deal on Wiretapping Bill
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Thomas W. Evans / New York Times:
Sue OPEC  —  THE president of the United States has the power to attack, and perhaps destroy, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the illegal cartel that has driven the price of oil over $130 per barrel.  This can be accomplished without invasion or bombing.  No special legislation is needed.
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Joe Klein / Time:
In with the Old  —  Barack Obama has never been shy about comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.  He did so when he announced his candidacy at the Illinois state capitol, where both he and Lincoln served in the legislature.  “The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us …
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Deals With Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back  —  BAGHDAD — Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.
Scott Horton / The New Republic:
Travel Advisory  —  The U.S. isn't likely to try Bush administration officials for war crimes—but it's likely that a European country will.  —  Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing provided the latest evidence that top Bush administration officials directed the use of torture techniques on detained suspected terrorists.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Commentary
Kathleen Kingsbury / Time:
Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High  —  As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year.  Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip.  Others blamed hit movies like Juno …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Hot Air
 
 
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Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Brian Williams is temp replacement for Russert on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday
Human Events:
Outlook  — The widely expected pivot to the center …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Robert D. Kaplan / The Current:
China's Still-Wild West
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Americans Proud to Have Obama, McCain as President
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Rules for Threesomes  —  I did not want Corner readers to miss …
Discussion: TBogg and alicublog
Chad Livengood / Springfield News-Leader:
McCain to voters: ‘I can give you some relief’ at the gas pump
US Department of Justice:
More Than 400 Defendants Charged for Roles in Mortgage Fraud Schemes …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and TalkLeft
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
It's a delicate dance, and John McCain is ‘liable to break a hip’
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Lieberman's Democratic ties frayed
Matthew Yglesias:
Contradictions  —  As the endless ANWR debate continues …
Eric Pianin / Washington Post:
Libertarian Candidate Barr Blasts McCain
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Disgrace”, Ctd.  —  Peter Wehner has a long response to my criticism.
David Harsanyi / Post-Ed Notes:
Not Over for Haditha Marine  —  I just spoke with Brian Rooney …
Vali Nasr / Washington Post:
Iran on Its Heels  —  In Tehran's Setbacks, an Opportunity in Iraq
Bill Adair / CQ Politics:
Rating Confusion: Is Obama a Liberal?
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and McCain Spout Economic Nonsense
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