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11:25 PM ET, June 10, 2008

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John Santucci / Political Radar:
Ohio Guv Won't Run with Obama  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and John Santucci Report: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) was Shermanesque on Tuesday in saying that he would “absolutely not” be Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., running mate even if asked to join the Democratic ticket.
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES...  From NBC's Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro  —  So you think you know who's on Obama's veep short list?  Well, think again.  According to sources on the Hill, Obama veep vetters — specifically Jim Johnson and Eric Holder — have been asking Dem members …
Tim Talley / Associated Press:
Okla. Dem calls Obama liberal, declines to endorse  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma said Tuesday Barack Obama is “the most liberal senator” in Congress and he has no intention of endorsing him for the White House.  —  However, Boren will vote …
CNN:
Senator says Obama VP search team discussed 20 names  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting team discussed roughly 20 names with a senior Senate Democrat Tuesday, including some well-known options and others that are “outside the box.”
The Trail:   Strickland Takes Himself Out of the Vice Presidential Running
David Mark / The Politico:
Webb's rebel roots: An affinity for Confederacy  —  Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting team will undoubtedly run across some quirky and potentially troublesome issues as it goes about the business of scouring the backgrounds of possible running mates.  But it's unlikely they'll find …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Times of London:
President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war  —  Tom Baldwin and Gerard Baker in Ljubljana  —  President Bush has admitted to The Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq.  He said that his aim now was to leave …
David Brown / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Ron Paul plans his own convention  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Maverick GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has booked an arena in Minneapolis for a “mini-convention” that could steal some of John McCain's thunder just days before he accepts the Republican nomination.
Jennifer Parker / Political Punch:
Obama's Answer on the Johnson Conundrum  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller today asked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, how he could “rail against Countrywide Financial Corp as an example of insiders and today's economy while your VP search is headed by someone who got questionable loans from Countrywide?”
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Ted Barrett / CNN:   Obama VP team discusses 20 possible picks
Chris / TVNewser:
Changes to Fox News Afternoons  —  TVNewser has learned beginning Monday Live Desk with Martha MacCallum will be expanded to two hours, airing from 1-3pmET.  MacCallum will also be getting a co-anchor and a new set.  Trace Gallagher joins as co-anchor, while continuing to fill in for Shepard Smith on Studio B and Fox Report.
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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Fox Will Try Out Conservative Host Laura Ingraham
Discussion: Raw Story and Tammy Bruce
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Stabilizing  —  Leads McCain 48% to 41% in latest presidential trial heat  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama has a 48% to 41% lead in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential election trial heat, based on June 7-9 polling.
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Activists Preparing Against Use of ‘Brown Note’ at Dem Convention  —  Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.
Discussion: Wake up America and Tammy Bruce
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Lieberman Campaign Official: We Begged Obama For Help In 2006 — And He Came Through  —  Now that Joe Lieberman has emerged as John McCain's lead attack dog against Barack Obama — even going so far as to suggest that Obama's judgment could pose a danger to our safety …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Nev gov Gibbons sends 100s txt msgs 2 other womans cell, not wifes  —  You know that unidentified estranged wife of a Reno doctor that the governor of Nevada is not having an affair with?  —  Well, during one month last year he exchanged 850 text messages with her phone from his official state phone, at 15 cents per.
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Barack gets dressing down for dorkiness  —  Barack Obama ditched the campaign trail for the bike trail last weekend, offering onlookers a rare peek into the Democratic nominee's casual-wear closet.  —  It wasn't a pretty picture: ill-fitting jeans, a tucked-in golf shirt …
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Actress has a crush on Obama  —  Every presidential candidate can use a sexy blonde movie star to liven up his or her campaign, appear at big money events and rally the entertainment community.  Sen. Barack Obama's go-to Hollywood hottie is Scarlett Johansson, a starlet who trades frequent e-mails …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Clinton Asks Pledged Delegates To Support Obama (Updated)  —  Multiple Democratic sources say that Sen. Hillary Clinton, in a series of private conversations and conference calls, continues to urge her pledged delegates to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA MEETS WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Caucus and TIME.com
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Whose Race Problem?
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Too Sense
Washington Post:
In Iraq, Muscle Is a Growth Industry
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Gay Unions Shed Light on Gender in Marriage
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain radio: ‘Cuba Prisoners’
Discussion: Tammy Bruce
CNN:
Oklahoma Democrat won't endorse Obama
Samantha Sault / Weekly Standard Blog:
Scalia Hearts ‘Sex and the City’
David Stout / New York Times:
2 Energy Bills, Including Windfall Tax, Stall in Senate
 Earlier Items: 
John McCain 2008:
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Discussion: The Corner
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Think Progress
Albany Times Union:
Exclusive: FBI removes files from office of ex-GOP chief Powers
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
It's Latin to them: Ashley Dupre's tattoo flummoxes pros
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TERRORIST FIST JAB, REDUX
Matt / Think Progress:
Report: Bush fired Karl Rove at church.
Bob Barr / The Huffington Post:
I Was Wrong About The War On Drugs — It's A Failure
CNN:
McCain: ‘I will veto every single beer’