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12:10 PM 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.
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.
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 …
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.) …
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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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Hits Back Over “Not Too Important” Quote
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and MyDD
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 …
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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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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Times of London:
President George Bush starts talking language of a dove  —  Hurtling at more than 500 miles per hour across the Atlantic, President Bush is in a hurry to demonstrate that he still matters.  The clock is ticking down on a turbulent presidency whose passing will be unmourned, even celebrated …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Times of London:
President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama gains white voters in N.Y.
Discussion: The Politico
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:
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
MAC: MIKE STILL IN VEEPSTAKES
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Peter Eisler / USA Today:
Olympic visitors' data is at risk
New York Times:
Judge Orders Ohio to Alter Its Method of Execution
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
While Congress argues, gas costs keep climbing
Nicholas Carr / The Atlantic Online:
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Matthew Yglesias:
Have No Fear  —  The McCain campaign is evidently convinced …
New York Times:
Surgery Offers Muslim Women Illusion of Virginity
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Connolly Wins 11th District Primary
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
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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
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
A Vote for McBama  —  For the party faithful, this is a sweet moment.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
STOP ALL “DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT GAYS AND HOMOSEXUALS,” …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 

 
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