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11:10 AM ET, June 11, 2008

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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Some Buy a New Home to Bail on the Old  —  Fannie Plans Rules To Avoid Practice Described as Fraud  —  Next month, Michelle Augustine plans to walk away from her four-bedroom house in a Sacramento, Calif., subdivision and let the property fall into foreclosure.
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Washington Post:
Obama's Choice of Insider Draws Fire  —  Last month, Sen. Barack Obama turned to James A. Johnson, a former Fannie Mae chief executive and Washington insider since the Carter administration, to lead the vetting of potential running mates for the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Friends of Barack  —  Barack Obama may have come up with a creative way to solve the housing recession: Let everyone buy property at a discount the way he did from Tony Rezko, and give everyone in America a discount mortgage the way Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide did for Fannie Mae's Jim Johnson.
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Vetting a Vetter: Obama's Pick Fuels G.O.P. Criticism
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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOHN MCCAIN: I AM VIRAL VIDEO!  —  McCain: Bringing Troops Home from Iraq “Not Too Important” ...  Get a good look.  Within a day or so he won't have said it.
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Washington Post:
Iraqis Condemn American Demands  —  High-level negotiations over the future role of the U.S. military in Iraq have turned into an increasingly acrimonious public debate, with Iraqi politicians denouncing what they say are U.S. demands to maintain nearly 60 bases in their country indefinitely.
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The Moderate Voice:
Iraq Status-Of-Forces Agreement: Why It's A Really Bad Deal …
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
High Comedy at the McCain Golf Store  —  Via the comments section in another post, when you buy your McCain '08 Golf gear, you are asked to post a helpful review:  —  Some helpful customers decided to take him up on the offer, and hilarity breaks out all over:
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 …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Too Sense
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Kucinich Forces Vote On Bush's Impeachment  —  Having failed in efforts to impeach Vice President Cheney, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) escalated his battle against the administration this week by introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush, using a parliamentary maneuver that will probably force a vote today.
Times of London:
President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war  —  Tom Baldwin and Gerard Baker in Ljubljana  —  President Bush has admitted to The Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq.  He said that his aim now was to leave …
Kate Barrett / Political Radar:
Obama Admits Smoking Cigarettes in Last Few Months  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama told reporters in St. Louis today that he has fallen off the wagon and smoked cigarettes in the last few months.  —  Watch the VIDEO HERE.  —  The presumptive Democratic nominee …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Christian leaders meet privately with Obama  —  CHICAGO - Barack Obama discussed Darfur, the Iraq war, gay rights, abortion and other issues Tuesday with Christian leaders, including conservatives who have been criticized for praising the Democratic presidential candidate.
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David Mark / The Politico:
Webb's rebel roots: An affinity for Confederacy  —  Barack Obama's vice presidential vetting team will undoubtedly run across some quirky and potentially troublesome issues as it goes about the business of scouring the backgrounds of possible running mates.  But it's unlikely they'll find …
Matthew Yglesias:
Have No Fear  —  The McCain campaign is evidently convinced that it can win a debate about Iraq policy, but the basis for their confidence remains elusive.  Here's a Democracy Corps analysis of 45 Republican-held but maybe winnable congressional districts:
Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
A Vote for McBama  —  WASHINGTON — For the party faithful, this is a sweet moment.  They have their candidates and, whatever the obstacles, can still imagine victory in November.  But the rest of us ought to remember that the politics of winning and governing often collide.
Inside Higher Ed:
Not Our Best and Brightest?  —  The missteps in Iraq are well documented by now.  —  Library shelves could be lined with books that criticize the poorly constructed endgame, the insufficient troop levels and the disbanding of the Iraqi military.  There have, however, been glimmers of promise that have gotten a share of ink as well.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama gains white voters in N.Y.
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McClellan: I share blame
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Tim Talley / Associated Press:
Okla. Dem calls Obama liberal, declines to endorse
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New York Times:
Surgery Offers Muslim Women Illusion of Virginity
Discussion: Commentary and Althouse
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Connolly Wins 11th District Primary
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Lobbying Investigation Prompts Raid of Albany Firm
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Charisma Machine  —  What the media mistakes about itself and Obama.
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 Earlier Items: 
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Obama probes national health care
Discussion: TIME.com
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
What should McCain do about Cheney?  —  He's a highly effective …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The McCain Miracle  —  In the genuine historical miracle …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
DOING SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE ABOUT OIL PRICES
Discussion: Redstate
Greg Wallace / Political Radar:
McCain Backtracks on Social Security Tax Hike
Clif / Sadly, No!:
Fred Hiatt's Concubine Speaks. You Listen.
Discussion: Washington Post
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
STOP ALL “DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT GAYS AND HOMOSEXUALS,” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jewish Dem donor joins McCain team
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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