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6:00 PM ET, June 11, 2008


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems pound McCain for new Iraq quote  —  The Obama campaign and Democratic leaders accused Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) of being confused and heartless after he told NBC's “Today” show Wednesday that it's “not too important” when U.S. troops return from Iraq.  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerry: McCain confused, ‘unbelievably out of touch’  —  John Kerry, who's served in the past as Obama's heavy-hitter on national security, expressed incredulity at McCain's remark this morning that the timing of troops return is “not too important.”  —  “It is unbelievably out of touch …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EX POST MCCAINO  —  The McCain campaign is hitting back hard against Democratic criticism of his “not that important” quote this morning on Today.  But as often is the case with McCain, the explanations of what he said are even sillier than the original statement.
Discussion: The New Republic and The RBC
Marc Ambinder:
It's Not Important?  Context Is Always Important  —  Democrats and allies are jumping on John McCain for telling NBC's Matt Lauer that “it's not important” when troops return from Iraq.  Period.  There's no because.  There's almost never a because when one side seizes on the comments of another.
Randyj /
The Battle Over McCain's “Not Too Important” Remark
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
(Re)-Interpreting McCain: ‘The question was about an estimate’
Discussion: Wonk Room and TPM Election Central
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Johnson resigns  —  Obama and his campaign staunchly defended Jim Johnson against the charge that his ties to troubled mortgage lender Countrywide disqualified him from sitting on Obama's vice presidential search committee, but Johnson just pulled the plug: He resigned as chairman of the steering committee just now.
Obama's VP vetter steps aside  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A key member of Barack Obama's vice-presidential search team, James Johnson, is stepping down after criticism over a mortgage he received, the Obama campaign said.  —  “Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task …
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Johnson Quits Obama's Vice Presidential Search Team
Key member of Obama's VP committee steps aside
Discussion: Don Surber
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Johnson News a Sign of Weakness in Obama Camp?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Gains Among Women After Clinton Exit  —  Now running as strongly vs. McCain among women as Clinton did  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Since Hillary Clinton decided to concede the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama last week, Obama has established a lead over Republican John McCain in general-election polling.
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, McCain 42%
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and MyDD
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Those Loyal to the Clintons Take Note of Who Was Not  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was gracious in her full-throated endorsement of Senator Barack Obama.  But that does not mean all is forgiven by others in the Clinton universe.  —  For proof, look no further than Doug Band …
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain On Whether Cheney Might Serve In His Administration: ‘Hell, Yeah’  —  As Vice President Dick Cheney makes the rounds on “the GOP's rubber chicken circuit” these days to raise funds for conservative candidates, he always implores his audiences “to make sure that we elect John McCain the 44th President of the United States.”
Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit's chief judge posted sexually explicit matter on his website  —  Alex Kozinski, who is presiding over an obscenity trial in L.A., acknowledges that he had posted sexually explicit photos and videos.  He says he didn't think the public could access the site.
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll Shows Change Trumps Experience  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll results will be released later today, but an early teaser offers a snapshot on how voters are sizing up the John McCain-Barack Obama contest.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
McCain to Cut Defense Spending?  —  According a Forbes article, McCain's economic advisor suggests that he will pay for a corporate tax cut by cutting defense spending: … If true, this would be a much bigger bombshell that McCain's remarks on Iraq withdrawal.
Robert Lenzner / Forbes:   Candidates Need An Economic Clue
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Michigan Presidential Election  —  Michigan: Now It's Obama By Three  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Michigan shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%.  This is the fourth poll in Michigan since McCain wrapped up the Republican nomination …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Obama's best veep choice  —  Here's a hint: She's not Hillary!  Plus: Talk radio's paranoid delusions and a Brazilian diva Madonna could aspire to.  —  Shuddering, lurching and stumbling, the 2008 general election has finally, mercifully begun.  For a year and a half …
Faiz / Think Progress:
In Debate Over Permanent Bases In Iraq, U.S. Seeks Authorization For War In Iran  —  In Debate Over Permanent Bases In Iraq, U.S. Seeks Authorization For War In Iran  —  The ongoing negotiations between Iraqi leaders and the Bush administration over the future role of the military occupation …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Mincing Up Michelle  —  Hillary and Bill are busy updating their enemies lists.  And Obama is racking his brain trying to figure out where to stash his erstwhile rival.  —  If a President Obama put her on the Supreme Court, of course, we would have the infinite fun of hearing Bill rant about how Scalia …
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Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
China hackers attacked staff's computers, congressman says
Discussion: TalkLeft
Quinnipiac University:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's selection of Jason Furman as economic advisor is criticized
Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
Madeleine K. Albright / New York Times:
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
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Discussion: Spin Cycle
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
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Discussion: Gawker and Raw Story
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Kucinich Forces Vote On Bush's Impeachment
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Some Buy a New Home to Bail on the Old
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