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5:20 PM ET, June 10, 2008

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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 …
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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.”
Discussion: The Swamp and TPM Election Central
Marc Ambinder:
The Veepstakes Show  —  Both the Obama and McCain campaigns …
Discussion: MNpublius.com
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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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.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:   RON PAUL'S OWN CONVENTION
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Lieberman Camp To Obama: Back Off  —  We've been keeping you abreast of the ongoing behind-the-scenes battle between Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman, who is fast emerging as the front man for John McCain's attacks on Obama as unfit to defend the country, and now there have been some key new developments.
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Anatomy of an Obama Hit Job
New York Post:
BARACK'S BITE  —  WE'RE in for taxing times if Barack Obama wins the White House, says CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.  “He's going to take the capital gains tax at 15 percent right now all the way up to 25 to 28 percent,” the “Money Honey” tells Avenue.  “Sell anything, like a home or stocks, and make a profit . . .
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Joseph_pounder / John McCain 2008:
Morning Update  —  Back by popular demand, here are some one-liners …
Discussion: Think Progress and Commentary
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Exclusive: Fox Will Try Out Conservative Host Laura Ingraham  —  The Fox News Channel, which has been seeking a new format for the 5 p.m. hour, will place a rotating series of personalities in the time slot beginning next week, including the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.
Discussion: Raw Story and Tammy Bruce
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TERRORIST FIST JAB, REDUX  —  Fox News' E.D. Hill offers up feeble apology for “terrorist fist jab” swipe at Obama ...  Late Update: Ouch.  Turns out E.D.'s show is being cancelled.  Maybe because she wasn't pushing the terrorist card hard enough?
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
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CNN:
McCain: ‘I will veto every single beer’  —  (CNN) - John McCain issued a promise Tuesday that may cause a bit of unrest with a broad swath of voters:  —  He'll veto every single beer?  —  In a slip of the tongue while railing against excessive earmarks at the National Small Business Summit in Washington …
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.
Discussion: Open Left, The RBC and Donklephant
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.
Discussion: TIME.com and Spin Cycle
Bob Barr / The Huffington Post:
I Was Wrong About The War On Drugs — It's A Failure  —  I'll admit it, just five years ago I was “Public Enemy Number 1” in the eyes of the Libertarian Party.  In my 2002 congressional race for Georgia's Seventh District, the Libertarian Party ran scathing attack ads against my stand on Medical Marijuana.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
No populist he  —  Obama, in a CNBC interview about the economy airing tonight, puts his love for the free market in terms that we didn't hear in Ohio: … (Continued after the jump.)
Discussion: The Swamp, Liberal Values and MyDD
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Donors Urged To Back Obama
Discussion: Capitol Briefing and TIME.com
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Anyone but Webb  —  WHY JIM WEBB WOULD MAKE AN AWFUL RUNNING MATE.
New York Times:
Threatening Iran  —  Israeli leaders spent last week talking tough …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
James C. Capretta / Weekly Standard:
The Train Wreck Ahead
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Romano / Stumper:
Obama's Official Blog is Boring. …
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Nevada governor's messy divorce is a gossip jackpot
Discussion: MSNBC
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
It's Latin to them: Ashley Dupre's tattoo flummoxes pros
Discussion: Don Surber and Althouse
Megan McArdle:
Two, four, six, eight . . . how we gonna regulate?
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Report: Bush fired Karl Rove at church.
Associated Press:
French to block porn, terror, hate web sites
Hindrocket / Power Line:
SPEAKING OF WINDFALL PROFITS
Discussion: Reuters and AMERICAblog
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Get Carter  —  We'll see whether it's a line of attack he sticks with …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Why pro-choice Dems have nothing to like about John McCain
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain to visit Colombia
Discussion: Commentary and TIME.com
Bob Beckel / Real Clear Politics:
The Democrats' Reagan  —  Question: Name the presidential candidate described below.