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9:50 AM ET, July 1, 2008

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David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama's Money Class  —  Barack Obama sells the Democratic Party short.  He talks about his fund-raising success as if his donors were part of a spontaneous movement of small-money enthusiasts who cohered around himself.  In fact, Democrats have spent years building their donor network.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clark won't back down  —  In a statement to reporters, retired General Wes Clark repeats that McCain is a “hero” but also reiterates his point that McCain's service didn't give him “executive experience”:
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US News:
Clark Attack On McCain Upstages Obama Speech  —  The fallout from retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark's Sunday comment that “riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down” is not “a qualification to be president,” dominated campaign coverage yesterday.  In today's coverage …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Official Warns of Israeli Attack on Iran  —  U.S. Offical Sees Two ‘Red Lines’ That Could Prompt Strike  —  Senior Pentagon officials are concerned that Israel could carry out an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year, an action that would have enormous security …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
Evidence Faulted in Detainee Case  —  In the first case to review the government's secret evidence for holding a detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a federal appeals court found that accusations against a Muslim from western China held for more than six years were based on bare and unverifiable claims.
Juliana Barbassa / Associated Press:
Obama's sister helps reach out to Asian-Americans  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The throng of Asian-American donors drew closer, drinks in hand, to hear Barack Obama's sister describe the wide arc of his life: beyond politics and Chicago, into his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Other McCain
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
We Can Lower Oil Prices Now  —  Although most experts agree that financial speculation was not responsible for the surge in the global prices of food and energy, many people remain puzzled about the source of these remarkable price rises.  Economics offers a simple supply-and-demand explanation …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Economist's View
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama and “False Rumors”  —  In a story reporting that Obama “fiercely” defended his patriotism in his Independence, Missouri speech yesterday, Washington Post reporters Jonathan Weisman and Michael Shear write: … I keep seeing the flag-pin issue included among the alleged falsehoods about Obama.
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Thomas F. Schaller / New York Times:
The South Will Fall Again  —  THE interim between the primaries and the parties' nominating conventions is, according to ancient writ, a fertile period for presidential campaigns to talk about how they plan to expand the political map in the fall.  This year is no different.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts  —  A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.  —  The onetime undercover agent …
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George Galloway / The Daily Record:
I'm Off To Iran Before Israel Bombs It
Andrew J. Bacevich / Boston Globe:
What Bush hath wrought  —  FEW AMERICANS, whatever their political persuasion, will mourn George W. Bush's departure from office.  Democrats and Republicans alike are counting the days until the inauguration of a new president will wipe the slate clean.  —  Yet in crucial respects, the Bush era will not end Jan. 20, 2009.
Roger Clegg / The Corner:
Well, At Least She's Honest  —  An official from the aptly-named group By Any Means Necessary is quoted today in the Omaha World-Herald, on why her group is trying to disrupt the signature-gathering efforts of Ward Connerly, who is leading an effort in Nebraska (and Colorado and Arizona) …
Discussion: Omaha World-Herald
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Firm gets big cut of campaign donations  —  GOP candidates see little of funds raised; Some clients, donors unaware of numbers  —  Charles A. Morse, a conservative Republican gadfly from Brookline, ran a brief write-in campaign to unseat US Representative Barney Frank in 2006.
Eric Trager / Commentary:
The Worst Politician Ever?  —  It's virtually unanimous: everyone from Hassan Nasrallah to Mossad Chief Meir Dagan seems to agree that Israel's prisoner swap deal with Hezbollah marks a significant strategic setback for the Jewish state.  —  After all, in exchange for two captured soldiers …
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Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: Livni the leader, or Livni the lamb?
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Aurelio Rojas / Sacramento Bee:
Obama rejects proposed California gay marriage ban  —  Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A3  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who previously said the issue of gay marriage should be left up to each state, has announced his opposition to a California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriages.
Discussion: New York Post, Hot Air and TIME.com
Bryan Burrough / Vanity Fair:
Bringing Down Bear Stearns  —  On Monday, March 10, the rumor started: Bear Stearns was having liquidity problems.  In fact, the maverick investment bank had around $18 billion in cash reserves.  But soon the speculation created its own reality, and the race was on to keep Bear's crisis from ravaging Wall Street.
 
 
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton
Discussion: TIME.com and Gateway Pundit
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Courting Evangelicals Once Loyal to Bush
Discussion: The New Republic
Alexandra Twin / CNNMoney.com:
Stocks: Mixed day, brutal June
Joseph Romm / Salon:
Anti-science conservatives must be stopped
Discussion: Climate Progress and Gristmill
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's energy record is on/off
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Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Drill Now as the conservative MoveOn?
Discussion: Hot Air
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama to expand Bush's faith based programs
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth
Discussion: Gristmill and Angry Bear
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain, 47% to 42%
Little Green Footballs:
Iran's First Lady?  —  I don't know if it's a real picture …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox and Kristol claim McCain's VP choice will cause gas prices to ‘plummet.’
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Megan McArdle:
Yes, society is gendered
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