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10:20 AM ET, June 12, 2008

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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 …
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Oliver Willis:
Hey Fox News, Just Call Her A N***** And Be Done With It, Okay?  —  Fox News refers to Michelle Obama as Senator Obama's “Baby Mama”.  —  So here's the thing (because during this campaign I'm apparently learning that we black people have our own secret code and hand signals so this stuff …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Oh no they didn't  —  I don't watch Fox News, but an alert reader saw it, and Alex Koppelman found a clip: The pro-GOP network did, indeed, call Michelle Obama Barack Obama's “baby mama.”  It wasn't some freelance commentator spouting off; it was a network-produced headline featured …
Michelle Malkin:
Durbin says: We're going to hell!  Update: The Obama “baby mama” drama  —  Breathe a bad word about Michelle Obama and you'll be cast into the fiery bowels of hell, says Reverend Dick Durbin.  —  Here's my hell-baiting Fox segment on Michelle earlier this afternoon.
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 …
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Some Hill Dems won't endorse Obama  —  The presidential race may be topic A, B and C in Washington these days, but some people are just too busy to think about it — particularly, it seems, centrist Democrats from conservative districts, who aren't exactly eager to align themselves with Sen. Barack Obama.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Justin Rose / Times of London:
Robert Mugabe's militia burn opponent's wife alive  —  The men who pulled up in three white pickup trucks were looking for Patson Chipiro, head of the Zimbabwean opposition party in Mhondoro district.  His wife, Dadirai, told them he was in Harare but would be back later in the day, and the men departed.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:   American Aid Is Seized in Zimbabwe
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Iowa Presidential Election  —  Iowa: Obama Expands Lead in Hawkeye State  —  Barack Obama, enjoying a bounce in national polling since clinching the Democratic Presidential Nomination, is also expanding his lead in Iowa.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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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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WisPolitics.com:
WisPolitics.com: Obama bests McCain in first UW Dept. of Political Science/WisPolitics.com General Election Poll  —  CONTACT: UW Political Scientist Ken Goldstein at 608-263-2390, Charles Franklin at 608 263-2022.  —  In the inaugural UW Dept. of Political Science/WisPolitics.com survey taken immediately …
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Exclusive: Obama's Anti-Rumor Plan  —  As long as there have been rumors in politics, there has been one widely accepted way for a candidate to deal with them.  Basically, it's not to.  Otherwise, according to prevailing wisdom, all a candidate achieves is to elevate the rumors to a legitimate story for the media to feast on.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP claim about Chinese oil drilling off Cuba is untrue  —  WASHINGTON — As Congress has debated energy policy over the past several days, an unusual argument keeps surfacing in support of drilling off the U.S. coastline and in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Michael Ware / CNN:
Papers give peek inside al Qaeda in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — With Christmas 2005 approaching, the princes of al Qaeda's western command were gathering.  They'd been summoned for something special: to plot a three-month campaign of coordinated suicide, rocket and infantry attacks on American bases …
Jeff Coen / Chicago Tribune:
Prosecutors leaned on him, Rezko says  —  Letter to judge defended Obama and Blagojevich  —  Two months before he was convicted of federal corruption charges, political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko told his trial judge that “overzealous” prosecutors were pressuring him to tell …
Discussion: TalkLeft
White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary  —  President George W. Bush today announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civil award.  Established by Executive Order 11085 in 1963, the Medal may be awarded by the President “to any person who has made an especially …
Discussion: Power Line and On Deadline
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Democracy Project:
Bush Awards Medal of Freedom to Donna Shalala
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
 
 
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Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Va. governor could help fill gap for Obama
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Obama Camp Courts Clinton Fund-Raisers
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Strike on Iran nuclear sites under discussion again
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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Secret Spy Court Repeatedly Questions FBI Wiretap Network
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