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3:20 AM ET, June 12, 2008

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Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Leads, but Margin Is Less Than Some Expect  —  Poll Has Democrat Continuing to Lag With White Males  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat Barack Obama begins his presidential race against Republican John McCain with a lead in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, but not so great an edge …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Post-primary bump for Obama  —  Challenges for both Obama, McCain indicate very competitive race ahead  —  WASHINGTON - Days after becoming his party's presumptive nominee and receiving an endorsement from his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, Democrat Barack Obama has opened …
Discussion: MyDD and TPM Election Central
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
TEASING TODAY'S NBC/WSJ POLL
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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Dems pound McCain for new Iraq quote
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Fox News calls Michelle Obama “Obama's baby mama”  —  An alert reader wrote in just a little while ago to let us know about something he'd spotted on Fox News Wednesday afternoon.  During a segment discussing conservative attacks against Michelle Obama, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack …
TPM Election Central:
Is Bobby Jindal — Who May Be On McCain's Veep Shortlist — An Exorcist?  —  Bobby Jindal, the 36-year old governor of Louisiana, is being taken seriously by the national press as a candidate on the shortlist to be John McCain's Vice President.  No one doubts that he's a political prodigy …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Unlike Others, U.S. Defends Freedom to Offend in Speech  —  VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A couple of years ago, a Canadian magazine published an article arguing that the rise of Islam threatened Western values.  The article's tone was mocking and biting, but it said nothing that conservative magazines …
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Graeme Wood / The Current:
The Muftis of Cascadia  —  PHOTO BY FLICKR USER FLORIAN.B UNDER A CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE  —  After a complaint by the Canadian Islamic Congress, Maclean's magazine and columnist Mark Steyn appeared before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal to defend the legality of their articles about Islam.
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Pajamas Media
Scott Glover / Los Angeles Times:
Obscenity trial suspended after judge said he posted sexually explicit materials  —  Alex Kozinski, who is presiding over an obscenity trial in L.A., admits he posted sexually explicit photos and videos.  He says he didn't think the public could see the site, which is now blocked.
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The Hill:
New Gang of 14 won't back McCain  —  At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.  —  Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined …
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
President Obama?  Many White Supremacists are Celebrating  —  With the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate clinched, large sections of the white supremacist movement are adopting a surprising attitude: Electing America's first black president would be a very good thing.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MORE FURMAN FUROR.  —  What I can't figure out about the furor of Barack Obama's decision to name Jason Furman his economic policy director is where have these people been?  This is like getting pissed at Project Runway because it's a show about clothes.  —  Austen Goolsbee …
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Unemployment insurance falls just short in House  —  House Democrats fell just three votes short in their drive to pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits Wednesday night, however, party leaders vowed they would bring the bill up again on Thursday.
Discussion: New York Times and DCCC
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House Fails To Extend Jobless Benefits
New York Times:
Pakistan Angry as Strike by U.S. Kills 11 Soldiers  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — American air and artillery strikes killed 11 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers during a clash with insurgents on the Afghan border on Tuesday night, a development that raised concerns about the already strained American relationship with Pakistan.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Ariel Leve / Times of London:
US airstrike kills 11 Pakistani soldiers in ‘cowardly and unprovoked attack’
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Hispanic Dems warn Obama he risks losing Latinos  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) must commit to helping illegal immigrants achieve citizenship or else risk losing the vital Latino vote in the general election, Hispanic Democratic lawmakers are warning.  —  If he does not promise …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Carville's flotation: Gore for Veep  —  Former Clinton aide James Carville suggested on CNN just now that Obama offer Al Gore the vice presidential nomination.  —  “I think if I was Senator Obama I would say the biggest economic problem we face is the biggest national security problem and the biggest environmental problem.
Discussion: The New Republic, Hot Air and Redstate
Faiz / Think Progress:
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 “have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate.”
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Code Pink co-founder is Obama bundler  —  A co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, which has made a name for itself by interrupting hearings on Capitol Hill, is a fundraising bundler for Barack Obama.  —  Jodie Evans has pledged to raise at least $50,000 for Obama, according the Democrat's campaign site.
 
 
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP claim about Chinese oil drilling off Cuba is untrue
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Post Reports That McCain Emphasizes Job Creation — Just Like Bush?
Democracy Project:
Bush Awards Medal of Freedom to Donna Shalala
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
The Huffington Post:
Flashback: McCain Praised Carter, Called Brzezinski An “Invaluable” Adviser
Michelle Malkin:
Offshore drilling bill killed
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama in April: I don't want a timetable for withdrawal; Update: April 2004
Spencer / Attackerman:
Knowledge of Self, Determination
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Temper, temper  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Lueck / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Gird for Big Losses in Congress
CNN:
FEMA gave away $85 million for Katrina victims
Megan McArdle:
Out of touch  —  So it looks like I'm going to be living without a cell phone for a month.
David Sarno / Web Scout:
The Obama campaign deleted my blog post!
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
Kucinich Vows to Keep Up Impeachment Fight
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Couric Gets Honored In D.C.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and TVNewser
Madeleine K. Albright / New York Times:
The End of Intervention  —  THE Burmese government's criminally …
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

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McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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