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12:35 AM ET, June 10, 2008


 Top Items: 
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA vs. McCAIN....Gallup's latest Obama-McCain tracking poll …
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Beginnings Of A Bump  —  Obama has his strongest showing to date …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Eunomia
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
McClellan to testify before House in CIA leak case  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush's former spokesman, Scott McClellan, will testify before a House committee next week about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:   President Met Disgraced Lobbyist At Least Six Times
The Raw Story:
DEM LAWMAKER PRESENTS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH  —  An Ohio Democratic lawmaker and former presidential candidate has presented articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush to Congress.  —  Thirty-five articles were presented by Rep. Dennis Kucinich to the House …
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
Kucinich: Impeach Bush
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
McCain resurrects call for gas tax holiday  —  From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, CNN's Dana Bash  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - With gas prices reaching a national average of four dollars a gallon — a record high — John McCain is planning to resurrect his call for a national gas tax holiday …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
With Fall Vote in View, Obama Assails McCain on Economy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Says He's Partnering With Elizabeth Edwards On Health Care  —  Obama's speech in Raleigh launching his economy tour is underway, and towards the end, during a discussion of health care, he drops a surprise aside that wasn't in the speech's prepared remarks: … More on this when we can establish the details.
Dave Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Today's Obama Smear Attempt  —  Here's one of the ways the right's smear machine works.  Far-right blogs post something.  Then a site higher up their food chain picks it up, like NewsMax, CNSNews, WorldNetDaily or Politico.  Then the Drudge Report or Moon's Washington Times gets it from there and spreads the story further.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Austan Goolsbee Lives!  —  Now that the Dem primary is officially over, it's safe for the Obama campaign to let economics adviser Austan Goolsbee (remember NAFTA-gate?) start publicly making the case for Obama's economic policies.  —  And so, today on a conference call today with reporters …
Discussion: and Liberal Values
Karl / protein wisdom:   The return of Austan Goolsbee, Economic Adviser of Mystery
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN: OBAMA MEANS 2ND CARTER TERM  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  In an interview to air later tonight on Nightly News, McCain tells NBC's Brian Williams that while Obama might criticize him for representing a third Bush term, Obama seems to be running for a second Carter term.  Part of the transcript...
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Playing the Carter card
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Think Progress
Bush confronted Rove's sins in church  —  Fired and brimestone  —  If you're going to fire someone, you want to make sure you do it in a place where the now-unemployed can't make a scene.  —  You know...a place like, say, a church.  —  That, according to a new book - “Machiavelli's Shadow” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
Further Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole  —  The “Michelle Obama tape” rumor mill started churning a lot more slowly this weekend, a development that, I'm sure, had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's exit from the race.  It would be odd if Clinton supporters were only spreading the rumor …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ and Flopping Aces
Andy Sullivan / Tales from the Trail:
Laura Bush defends Michelle Obama
Michael Luo / New York Times:
For Clinton, Millions in Campaign Debt and Limited Options  —  With her campaign now officially suspended, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is confronting still another challenge: whittling down what is believed to be the largest presidential campaign debt in history.
Discussion: Swampland
Michelle Malkin:
The “grumpy Republican” problem; Update: E-mail from a Texas GOP convention attendee  —  Scroll down for updates...e-mail from Texas GOP convention attendee...  The Texas GOP convened its party convention this week.  It's finding the same problem plaguing the party in other states and at the national level: Disgruntled grass-roots.
Mary Wisniewski / Chicago Sun Times:
Rev. Pfleger to return to St. Sabina with ‘no restrictions’  —  He'll be back at St. Sabina, but he has to stay out of presidential politics  —  The South Side parish of St. Sabina exploded with shouts of joy and a standing ovation Sunday morning at the news firebrand Catholic pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger would be returning June 16.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants  —  Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money — more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.
The Campaign Spot:
Obama Could Debunk Some Rumors By Releasing His Birth Certificate.  —  Having done some Obama-rumor debunking that got praise from Daily Kos (a sign of the apocalypse, no doubt), perhaps the Obama campaign could return the favor and help debunk a bunch of others with a simple step: Could they release a copy of his birth certificate?
Discussion: Political Machine
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TriCities / WJHL-TV:
Thank You, Andrea Mitchell, For The Ready-Made Column
Doug Wead /
McCain Campaign Declines to Meet with Billy Graham
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Uncertainty as Tribune Prepares to Retrench
Discussion:, Truthdig and Gawker
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Comcast censors criticisms of itself and Rep. Carney
Discussion: Open Left
Chris Good / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
GOP House Candidate: If This Rally Were in Canton, We Would Be Shot At
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Jersey Senate
Dan Mangan / New York Post:
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain hits Obama on Johnson “contradiction”
 Earlier Items: 
Rasmussen Reports:
Public Perceptions of Obama and McCain Shifting Rapidly
Washington Wire:
Little Fun Found at McCain Fund-raiser
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Top Obama-Clinton Officials Begin Reconciliation Process
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Iraqi Sheik Offers To Take Fight to Bin Laden
Marc Ambinder:
James Johnson: A Problem
Discussion: Salon and Commentary
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton paid a heavy price for presidential run
Obama ‘fist bump’ catching on
Discussion: Too Sense and Crooks and Liars
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Citing History, Bush Suggests His Policies Will One Day Be Vindicated