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6:50 PM ET, June 8, 2008


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Mark Penn / New York Times:
The Problem Wasn't the Message — It Was the Money  —  Perhaps the most frustrating part of losing a close race is thinking about what else you could have done to win.  You replay the campaign over and over again in your head.  As an adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, I sure do.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Unity: The Day After  —  Hillary Clinton gave a great speech yesterday.  And Unity is at hand . . .  I'd like to interrupt this Unity Day message with a small reminder to the Barack Obama campaign and the Democratic Party - unless he picks Hillary Clinton as his running mate …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
HILLARY AS VEEP?....Big Tent Democrat is happy that Democrats are finally united behind a candidate, but warns of stormy weather ahead: … BTD has been banging this particular drum for a long time, and I happen to think he's wrong about it.  The party will unite just fine around …
Bob Kerrey / New York Times:
What Went Wrong | The Gentlewoman From Illinois
Discussion: James Fallows
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Bob Schieffer Commentary: “Hillary Clinton Gave The Speech Of Her Life Yesterday”
Brother Nathanael Kapner / Barack Obama:
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Carl / Israel Matzav:
Obama explains how the ‘Jewish lobby’ works  —  Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama's official web site has provided seemingly unlimited blogging space for anti-Semites of every race, color and creed to spit their venom about Israel and Jews.
Little Green Footballs:
At the Official Obama Site: ‘How the Jewish Lobby Works’  —  Here's yet another disgusting antisemitic page at the official Barack Obama campaign web site, by a group calling itself “Socialists for Obama.”  This group of Jew-haters has apparently been at his site since April …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Official Obama blog explains how the Jewish Lobby Works
Sharon Churcher / Daily Mail:
The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind  —  Now that Hillary Clinton has at last formally withdrawn from the race for the White House, the eyes of America and the world will focus on Barack Obama and his Republican rival Senator John McCain.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The unhappy warrior  —  Openly frustrated by what they see as an ongoing double standard in the press's treatment of his campaign, Sen. John McCain and his aides have been aggressively denouncing unfavorable stories as “smear jobs” and “scurrilous attacks,” while the candidate himself …
Ed O'Keefe / ABCNEWS:
New York Mayor, ABC News Invite Obama, McCain to Historic Town Hall  —  Network Offers Primetime Coverage of Unprecedented Event  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ABC News have invited Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain to participate in a 90-minute, primetime town hall meeting …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Fox News Producer Ambushes Bill Moyers; Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine  —  I think this is my favorite piece of video footage since Jon Stewart told off Tucker Carlson on Crossfire.  Seriously, watch it again and again, it just gets better.  —  At the National Conference for Media Reform …
Matt / Think Progress:
Duffy: ‘White House Lawyers Are Concerned’ McClellan's Book Will Reignite ‘The Valerie Plame Business’  —  In his explosive new memoir, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan claims that Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, “and possibly Vice President Cheney” encouraged him to “repeat a lie” …
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%  —  Trend in nightly results moving in Obama's favor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voter preferences in the presidential election remain closely split between Barack Obama, now favored by 46% of national registered voters, and John McCain, favored by 44%.
Discussion: and MyDD
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Why is McCain getting $58,000 a year in disability income?  —  First off, I find it fascinating that John McCain, who is refusing to vote for the GI Bill for our troops because “it's too generous,” is himself getting $58,000 a year, tax-free, from the US government for his military service.
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
Gas hits national average of $4 for the first time  —  Gasoline prices hit national average of $4 for the first time, expected to go higher  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The average price of regular gas crept up to $4 a gallon for the first time over the weekend, passing the once-unthinkable milestone …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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New York Times:
Primary Reforms  —  The strange ritual of the Iowa caucuses …
Discussion: Election Law
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
First Lady Laura Bush Arrives In Afghanistan
Discussion: Commentary and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Thank-You for 18 Million Cracks in the Glass Ceiling
Elizabeth Scalia / Pajamas Media:
Obama the Trophy Wife
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Give Media Failing Grades in Objectivity for Election 2008
Ben / Think Progress:
Graham: McCain's Policies Would ‘Absolutely’ …
Ben Byrne / The Latest:
Dan Rather Slams Corporate News at National Conference for Media Reform
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Rich / New York Times:
One Historic Night, Two Americas
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
For New Journalists, All Bets, but Not Mikes, Are Off
Mark J. Penn / New York Times:
What Went Wrong?  —  A mere six months ago, it seemed a good bet …
Discussion: American Street
Michael Ledeen / Wall Street Journal:
Iran and the Problem of Evil
Tahir Niaz / Pakistan Daily Times:
Pakistan to ask EU to amend laws on freedom of expression
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
People vs. Dinosaurs
Discussion: Commentary and The Agonist
Saul F / Times of London:
Al-Qaeda: the cracks begin to show