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8:50 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.) …
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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.
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.
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 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: TPM Election Central
Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll Shows Change Trumps Experience
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jackie Calmes / Wall Street Journal:   Obama Leads, but Margin Is Less Than Some Expect
Mark Murray / MSNBC:   TEASING TODAY'S NBC/WSJ POLL
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.
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CNN:
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Johnson News a Sign of Weakness in Obama Camp?
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Swampland
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 …
David Sarno / Web Scout:
The Obama campaign deleted my blog post!  —  A couple of days ago, as part of my experimenting with how political rumors get started online, I created a blog in the community section of barackobama.com, the official campaign web site, and added a post.  As background, there have been several dust-ups lately …
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 …
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 …
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.”
 
 
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