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6:30 PM ET, June 20, 2007

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Barack Obama wins Politico.com Straw Poll  —  Senator Barack Obama scored a victory among progressive activists Wednesday, winning the Politico.com Straw Poll of attendees at the Take Back America Conference in Washington.  —  Obama received 29% of the 720 votes cast in the straw poll …
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Byron York / National Review:
Hillary Clinton Booed Again  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton was booed again this morning at the Take Back America conference, sponsored by the lefty activist group Campaign for America's Future here in Washington.  At this same conference last year, Sen. Clinton was booed for her position on the war in Iraq.
Bill Scher / commonsense.ourfuture.org:
What The Boos Were About  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton being booed during her remarks is likely to be the big story coming out of Day 3 of Take Back America.  What the boos were actually about is likely to be misreported.  —  Byron York at the National Review writes that the boos began after Clinton said …
Ahmed Yousef / New York Times:
What Hamas Wants  —  THE events in Gaza over the last few days have been described in the West as a coup.  In essence, they have been the opposite.  Eighteen months ago, our Hamas Party won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and entered office under Prime Minister Ismail Haniya …
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Ahmed Yousef / Washington Post:
Engage With Hamas  —  GAZA CITY, Palestine — The Palestinian National Authority apparently joins the list of elected governments targeted or toppled over the past century by interventionism: nations that had the courage to take American rhetoric at face value and elect whomever they would.
Little Green Footballs:
New York Times Shills for Hamas (Again)
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
USA Today:
Tribes help U.S. against al-Qaeda  —  BAGHDAD — More than 10 Iraqi tribes in the Baghdad area have reached agreements with U.S. and Iraqi forces for the first time to oppose al-Qaeda, raising the U.S. military's hopes that a trend started in western Iraq is spreading here.
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Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
GIULIANI FOLLOWUP....Remember that Newsday story from yesterday about Rudy Giuliani getting kicked off the Iraq Study Group because he couldn't find the time in his busy schedule to attend their meetings?  You could be excused if you don't, since apparently no one in our press corps considered either …
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Media Matters for America:
Politico largely ignored Giuliani-ISG story, still flogging Edwards' haircuts  —  The Politico, which purports to cover "the politics of Capitol Hill and of the presidential campaign ... with enterprise, style, and impact," largely ignored a June 19 Newsday article reporting that former …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
"Fringe liberal bloggers"  —  When establishment journalists speak of the liberal blogosphere, it is virtually an article of faith that it represents the "far left," that it is composed of the radical and fringe elements of liberalism.  This week, the increasingly dishonest Fred Thompson castigated Harry Reid …
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Sinfonian / Blast Off!:
Digby speaks  —  The remarkable wisdom of Digby now has a public face.
Discussion: Daily Kos
PewResearch.org:
Bloomberg Well Known, But of Limited Appeal for Now  —  Michael Bloomberg has created some excitement in the political world about a possible run for the presidency by dropping his Republican affiliation.  But a recent nationwide Pew voter survey found that while the New York mayor is relatively well known …
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Michael Calderone / New York Observer:
Times Undertakes Multi-Bureau Rupert Murdoch Investigation  —  EDITION OF THE NEW YORK OBSERVER.  —  The New York Times is currently undertaking a major news investigation, led by managing editor Jill Abramson, into News Corp.'s business dealings throughout the world, according to a source with knowledge of the project.
The Blotter:
Slim Chance Of Finding an Arabic Speaker at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad  —  Jonathan Karl and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Of the 1,000 U.S. employees at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, only 10 have a working knowledge of Arabic, according to the State Department.
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Report Slams Small's Tenure  —  Former Smithsonian secretary Lawrence M. Small took nearly 10 weeks of vacation a year during seven years running the vast museum complex and was absent from his job 400 workdays while earning $5.7 million on outside work, according to an independent commission report to be released today.
Alan Finder / New York Times:
Some Colleges to Drop Out of U.S. News Rankings  —  The presidents of dozens of liberal arts colleges have decided to stop participating in the annual college rankings by U.S. News and World Report.  —  The decision was announced Tuesday at the end of an annual meeting of the Annapolis Group …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
The World In America  —  Here's a great map from a great blog, Strange Maps.  Each state is represented by a foreign country with the same GDP.  I'm struck by one obvious thing.  The District of Columbia has the same GDP as New Zealand.  Now imagine if no one in New Zealand were allowed …
Maddy Sauer Reports / The Blotter:
New Taliban Leader Had Been in Afghan Custody; Released in Hostage Deal  —  Maddy Sauer Reports:  —  The Taliban military commander who led the "graduation ceremony" for 300 suicide bombers was one of five men released from an Afghanistan prison earlier this year in exchange for a kidnapped Italian journalist.
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
The Prison Poets Of Guantanamo Find a Publisher  —  Military Security Clears 22  —  After Checking for Code;  —  What's Lost in Translation  —  Inmates at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, used pebbles to scratch messages into the foam cups they got with their meals.
National Review:
Bloomberg: Who Wins, Who Loses?  —  NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg's decision to quit the Republican party does raise the likelihood that he will mount an independent presidential run.  Who would win, who would lose from such a bid?  —  The first loser would be Mike Bloomberg himself.
 
 
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Booman Tribune
Edelfenbein / CrossingWallStreet.com:
Paul Krugman Four Years Ago Today
Faiz / Think Progress:
REPORT: The Right Wing Domination Of Talk Radio And How To End It
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In N.C., GOPer Raises, Then Lowers, Voter Fraud Alarms
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Former Sen. Allen supports Fred Thompson's candidacy
Discussion: Power Line
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT managers launched a leak probe after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode of The Daily about Hamas and sexual violence

Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz is launching Power User, a weekly Vox Media video podcast on trends shaping the internet and tech landscape, on March 21

Alyssa Boyle / AdExchanger:
Vibe.co, a self-serve platform that lets SMBs buy video ads on streamers, raised a $22.5M Series A led by Singular, bringing its total funding to around $30M

 
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