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12:30 PM ET, June 10, 2008


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama could raise $100 million in June, fundraisers say  —  Leading Democratic fundraisers predict that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few months if he opts out of public financing and begins raising money for the general election.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
SOMETHING'S HAPPENING HERE  —  The Hill reports that Obama may raise $100 million in June.  Has anyone asked John McCain whether he has any second thoughts about the campaign finance law that bears his name?  —  In the video above of Obama's appearance in Bristol, Virginia, he appears to be having an out of body experience.
Leila Fadel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. seeking 58 bases in Iraq, Shiite lawmakers say  —  BAGHDAD -Iraqi lawmakers say the United States is demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed “status of forces” agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in the country indefinitely.  —  Leading members of the two ruling Shiite parties …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Bush administration says it may not get Iraq deal this year  —  WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is conceding for the first time that the United States may not finish a complex security agreement with Iraq before President Bush leaves office.  —  Faced with stiff Iraqi opposition, it is …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: No vetting the vetters  —  At a press conference in St. Louis, Obama defends his choice of Jim Johnson to lead his vetting team, calling reports into Johnson's ties to the mortgage company Countrywide “a game.”  —  “Johnson has a very discrete task,” he said, dismissing the notion that he'd “hire vetters to vet the vetters.”
Discussion: Hot Air and The Campaign Spot
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?”
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 …
Mark Hemingway / National Review:
Jewish Whispering Campaign  —  Newsweek has a piece this week on Barack Obama — titled “His Jewish Problem: A Myth?”  — that is an absolutely Herculean feat of water-carrying for the Illinois senator.  But before tackling the factual problems, the article's biggest problem needs to be addressed …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Re: Half-Hearted  —  Jamie, it really is even worse than you describe.
Discussion: The Corner and Sister Toldjah
Edward J. Markey / Wall Street Journal:
Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes?  —  Here's a quick geopolitical quiz: What country is three times the size of Texas and has more than 300 days of blazing sun a year?  What country has the world's largest oil reserves resting below miles upon miles of sand?
Justice Department Official Awards $500,000 Grant to Golf Group  —  Former Staffer Tells ABC News Anti-Crime Funds Given to Programs With The “Right” Connections.  —  A senior Justice Department official says a $500,000 federal grant to the World Golf Foundation is an appropriate use …
David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
He's History's Greatest Monster!  —  Last week John McCain compared Barack Obama to William Jennings Bryan.  This week: … If we assume that McCain is being clever, it's a nice stilleto stab at Obama's relative weakness with Jewish voters.  Jimmy Carter's been working these last 4 years …
The Raw Story:
KUCINICH CALLS TO IMPEACH 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 of Representatives late Monday evening, airing live on C-SPAN.
Michelle Malkin:
Harry Reid's Jimmy Carter Memorial Act: Senate takes up windfall profits tax; Update: Reid cloture motion falls short, 51-43  —  Scroll down for updates...10:07am Eastern: Reid is on the Senate floor whining about GOP obstruction...McConnell: Carter windfall profits tax was a “miserable failure” …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Kathleen Sebelius, Completing The Obama Puzzle  —  When weighing Kathleen Sebelius' potential as a possible vice presidential pick for Barack Obama, it's useful to consider two separate instances when the Kansas Governor confronted President George W. Bush.  —  In May 2007, after a devastating tornado …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain makes fun of lobbyist paranoia  —  Another note from McCain's fundraisers last night that I had to include.  At his lobbyist-heavy soiree at 101 Constitution — home to both Politico's Hill bureau and a few lobby shops — McCain poked fun at the Scarlet L's being affixed around town these days.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Something Just Clicked  —  An Obama Delegate's Road to Politics Began With an Online Donation  —  SACRAMENTO It all started last summer with a $10 online donation — her very first political contribution.  —  With another click of the mouse, 52-year-old Linnie Frank Bailey, a political neophyte, morphed into a campaign volunteer.
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 . . .
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe: Obama will staff every state  —  David Plouffe emails supporters: … It's a symbolic move the campaign can afford, and also another mark of how fully and swiftly Obama is remaking the Democratic Party in his own image.  —  It's also worth noting that Obama's volunteer cadre means …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
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Michael J. Totten:
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Wall Street Journal:
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SteveK / TVNewser:
Mitchell Apologizes For “Redneck” Comment
Discussion: Wake up America and WJHL-TV
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama:
Barack in Raleigh, NC: “It is time to try something new.  It is time for change.”
Frank Williams / The Truth About Cars:
Chrysler Cashflow Crisis Confirmed
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
McCain says using Google to vet VP candidates
Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
What kind of war crimes trials does Obama plan? (updated)
The Campaign Spot:
Obama Could Debunk Some Rumors By Releasing His Birth Certificate.
Michael Luo / New York Times:
For Clinton, Millions in Debt and Few Options