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5:15 AM ET, June 11, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Senator says Obama VP search team discussed 20 names
Ted Barrett / CNN:   Obama VP team discusses 20 possible picks
The Trail:
Strickland Takes Himself Out of the Vice Presidential Running
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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 …
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 …
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Says Faith Community to be a Priority of His Administration  —  Barack Obama privately met with religious leaders in Chicago today.  His spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on the campaign plane today: … He did it in South Carolina, here's his mailer(pdf).
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
New PAC Seeks to Court Christians for Obama
Discussion: The RBC and TalkLeft
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA MEETS WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Discussion: CBN.com, TIME.com and Boston Globe
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Nev gov Gibbons sends 100s txt msgs 2 other womans cell, not wifes  —  You know that unidentified estranged wife of a Reno doctor that the governor of Nevada is not having an affair with?  —  Well, during one month last year he exchanged 850 text messages with her phone from his official state phone, at 15 cents per.
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Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Nevada governor's messy divorce is a gossip jackpot
Discussion: MSNBC
Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
Activists Preparing Against Use of ‘Brown Note’ at Dem Convention  —  Political activists planning protest rallies at the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver have their stomachs in knots over a rumor about a crowd control weapon - known as the “crap cannon” - that might be unleashed against them.
Discussion: Wake up America, Hot Air and TigerHawk
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
STOP ALL “DISPARAGING REMARKS ABOUT GAYS AND HOMOSEXUALS,” as well as against the university professor and self-described “activis[t] for social justice issues” who filed a complaint against you: That's what the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission ordered Stephen Boisson …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jewish Dem donor joins McCain team  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is attracting elite Jewish Democratic donors who backed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and are concerned about Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) stance toward Israel, say McCain backers who are organizing the effort to court Democrats.
Discussion: Israel Matzav, NO QUARTER and TalkLeft
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Lieberman Campaign Official: We Begged Obama For Help In 2006 — And He Came Through  —  Now that Joe Lieberman has emerged as John McCain's lead attack dog against Barack Obama — even going so far as to suggest that Obama's judgment could pose a danger to our safety …
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.
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:
Fox Will Try Out Conservative Host Laura Ingraham
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.
 
 
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The Volokh Conspiracy:
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Discussion: The RBC
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Whose Race Problem?
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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Discussion: Fact Checker and The Corner
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Raw Story
David Brooks / New York Times:
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