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7:40 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.”
Marc Ambinder:
The Veepstakes Show  —  Both the Obama and McCain campaigns …
Discussion: MNpublius.com
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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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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rep. Boren declines to endorse Obama
Discussion: The Corner
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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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.
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.
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:
Exclusive: Fox Will Try Out Conservative Host Laura Ingraham
Discussion: Raw Story and Tammy Bruce
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 …
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, Eunomia, Fox News and Donklephant
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Parties Point Fingers on Gas Prices Legislation  —  GOP Rejects Democrats' Wide-Ranging Energy Plan  —  With the average price of gas in the United States now above $4, Senate Republicans today rejected a plan by Democrats to give the president the authority to declare an “energy emergency” …
Discussion: Think Progress and NewsBusters.org
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David Stout / New York Times:
2 Energy Bills, Including Windfall Tax, Stall in Senate
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Associated Press:
Republicans Block Extra Taxes On Oil Companies
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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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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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 and Wonkette
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.
John McCain 2008:
Remarks by John McCain at the NFIB and eBay 2008 National Small Business Summit  —  ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery at the NFIB & eBay 2008 National Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., today at 9:30 a.m. EDT:
Discussion: The Corner
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Washington Post:   McCain Delivers Remarks at the National Small Business Summit
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 . . .
Albany Times Union:
Exclusive: FBI removes files from office of ex-GOP chief Powers  —  Click byline for more stories by writer.  —  ALBANY — FBI agents removed files last Friday from the State Street offices of William D. Powers, a lobbyist and the state's former Republican chairman.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and City Room
 
 
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Samantha Sault / Weekly Standard Blog:
Scalia Hearts ‘Sex and the City’
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Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Activists Preparing Against Use of ‘Brown Note’ at Dem Convention
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E. J. Dionne / Real Clear Politics:
Biden Belongs on the VP List
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OUTFOXED  —  Normally I don't care much about cable chat show ratings …
Discussion: Think Progress
Dave Gilson / MoJoBlog:
Evangelicals Hold Their Breaths as Baptism Numbers Drop
Discussion: USA Today and Reason Magazine
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Questions for WaMu  —  Remember Rep. Laura Richardson …
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Anyone but Webb  —  WHY JIM WEBB WOULD MAKE AN AWFUL RUNNING MATE.
James C. Capretta / Weekly Standard:
The Train Wreck Ahead
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Obama's Official Blog is Boring. …
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Nevada governor's messy divorce is a gossip jackpot
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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Seduction  —  The people who created this country built …
Megan McArdle:
Two, four, six, eight . . . how we gonna regulate?
Matt / Think Progress:
Report: Bush fired Karl Rove at church.
Associated Press:
French to block porn, terror, hate web sites
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