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2:50 PM ET, June 30, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Some on left target McCain's war record  —  The highest voltage third rail of this presidential campaign may not be race, sex, or age, but Senator John McCain's military service.  —  McCain's campaign Sunday issued a pair of outraged statements after retired general and Barack Obama supporter Wesley Clark …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Swiftboating McCain  —  Ben Smith documents the left's gross attacks on McCain's military record: … Wesley Clark is now and always has been a Clinton-type, but this is pretty revolting.  This kind of personal attack was repulsive coming against Kerry from the far right.  And it's repulsive the other way round.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain surrogate defends Swift Boaters  —  One of the participants in McCain's conference call today was Colonel Bud Day, a longtime McCain ally who was also a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.  —  I asked Day whether how he'd compare the attacks he was saying McCain faces today …
CNN:
McCain Truth Squad defender was Swift Boat Vet member  —  (CNN) — One of the members of John McCain's new Truth Squad — which his campaign says was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service — was a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and appeared in an attack ad for the group in 2004.
Discussion: Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DC PRESS LORDS LAY DOWN FIRE FOR MCCAIN  —  It's not surprising.  But it is an example of the fatuous McCain worship that is the bread and butter of the Washington press corps that Wes Clark's comments this weekend on Face the Nation are being called ‘swift-boating’.
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Obama criticizes MoveOn.org in patriotism speech  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, in a major speech on patriotism, criticized MoveOn.org for referring to Gen. David Petraeus as General Betray Us last year.  —  The Illinois senator said politics too often seems …
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama: I will never question others' patriotism  —  INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Monday he will never question others' patriotism during the race and blames his own “carelessness” for some criticism of him so far.  —  Obama sought to reassure voters …
Chris Welch / CNN:
Obama to deliver ‘major speech’ on patriotism
Discussion: American Power and Gateway Pundit
CNN:
Obama defends his patriotism
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Obama Rebukes Clark
Discussion: The Fix, Open Left and TIME.com
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Krugman Is Stumped, Too  —  Hey, it's not just Republican surrogates …
Discussion: QandO
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney tops McCain veep list  —  Surprising many Republican insiders, Mitt Romney is at the top of the vice-presidential prospect list for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.  —  “Romney as favorite” is the hot buzz in Republican circles …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Note to the religious right: auto-replace is not your friend  —  Auto-correct can be a very helpful feature of any word-processing program.  But when conservatives use it, they run the risk of embarrassing themselves.  —  Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed …
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
The Dangers of Auto-Replace  —  In addition to blocking traffic …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying  —  FINDLAY, Ohio — On his corner of College Street, Jim Peterman stares at the four American flags planted in his front lawn and rubs his forehead.  Peterman, 74, is a retired worker at Cooper Tire, a father of two, an Air Force veteran and a self-described patriot.
George Packer / New Yorker:
OBAMA'S IRAQ PROBLEM  —  In February, 2007, when Barack Obama declared that he was running for President, violence in Iraq had reached apocalyptic levels, and he based his candidacy, in part, on a bold promise to begin a rapid withdrawal of American forces upon taking office.
Xavier / Cerebral Politics:
Text of Obama's Patriotism Speech - “The America We Love”  —  Remarks of Senator Barack Obama  —  The America We Love - as prepared for delivery  —  On a spring morning in April of 1775, a simple band of colonists - farmers and merchants, blacksmiths and printers, men and boys …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Dry Hole  —  “I want you to think about this,” Barack Obama said in Las Vegas last week.  “The oil companies have already been given 68 million acres of federal land, both onshore and offshore, to drill.  They're allowed to drill it, and yet they haven't touched it …
Discussion: Redstate and Betsy's Page
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Obama's for Equal Pay, Yet Pays Female Staffers Less Than Males  —  (CNSNews.com) - While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men.
 
 
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Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
WALL-E, No thanks  —  Yes — I must have watched a different movie …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
So Maybe That Long Primary Race Wasn't So Bad
Simon / Bloggasm:
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