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1:05 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High Court ruling may delay war crimes trials  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.  —  In its third rebuke of the Bush administration's treatment …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court gives detainees habeas rights  —  In a stunning blow to the Bush Administration in its war-on-terrorism policies, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign nationals held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to pursue habeas challenges to their detention.
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Rule Terror Suspects Can Appeal in Civilian Courts  —  WASHINGTON — Foreign terrorism suspects held at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba have constitutional rights to challenge their detention there in United States courts, the Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Breaking: Supreme Court says Gitmo detainees must have access …
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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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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Malkin Defends Fox
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.
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Kos / Daily Kos:
Obama's birth certificate  —  The National Review's Jim Geraghty, who (ironically) helped debunk the “Michelle Obama railing against ‘whitey’” video rumors, recently wrote about a new set of rumors: … Those rumors include the claim that Obama was born in Kenya, that his middle name isn't …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama site confronts rumors
Discussion: Wake up America and BitsBlog
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Friends of Barack  —  It turns out that Jim Johnson was not the man Barack Obama thought he knew.  The presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee threw the former Fannie Mae CEO over the side as his Vice Presidential vetter yesterday, only a day after he'd said that Mr. Johnson was only …
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Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Obama advisor Jim Johnson resigns amid criticism
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Lisa DePaulo / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
Why She Lost  —  Hillary's message man, Mark Penn, gives us the exclusive postmortem...and still wonders where all the money went  —  WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION of Hillary Clinton, there was no one in the primary race with higher negatives, as they say, than Mark Penn, her beleaguered chief strategist.
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Penn Does GQ
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
$4 Gasbags  —  Anyone wondering why U.S. energy policy is so dysfunctional need only review Congress's recent antics.  Members have debated ideas ranging from suing OPEC to the Senate's carbon tax-and-regulation monstrosity, to a windfall profits tax on oil companies, to new punishments for …
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Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Who is Mohammed Al-Churbaji?:  Key Al-Qaeda Terrorist “Abu Salim's” Son is Barack Obama Fundraiser; Islamic Terrorist “Mr. Mom”  —  By Debbie Schlussel, Copyright 2008  —  **** Must Cite Debbie Schlussel and link to DebbieSchlussel.com; Not for Use by Aaron Klein, WorldNutDaily ****
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Carl / Israel Matzav:   Al-Qaeda terrorist's son an Obama fundraiser
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
Not all Democrats going for Obama  —  Variety of issues prevent …
Discussion: MyDD
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain In 2005: I “Totally” Support Bush On The “Transcendent Issues” (VIDEO)  —  It has been observed that one of Sen. John McCain's most foreboding obstacles in seeking the White House will likely be the lengthy paper trail that comes with a 25-year congressional career.
 
 
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Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
CNN host lets talk go on of a possible run
Discussion: Washington Wire and TVNewser
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Review: Troubling passages in texts at Va. school
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Southern Baptists remain wary of McCain
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
David Broder's Moonlighting: Post columnist benefits from corporate speaking deals
Discussion: Salon and Romenesko
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Wrecking the L.A. Times
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
John McCain: 'I can't be a referee'
The Hill:
New Gang of 14 won't back McCain  —  Peterson wants answers …
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
The recognitions  —  Yesterday the White House announced six recipients …
Discussion: The Corner and White House
Leonard Doyle / The Independent:
No, Johnny, No: Chuck Berry joins chorus of musicians snubbing McCain's campaign
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Stumper
ABCNEWS:
Dems Use Edgy Films to Rally Youth Voters
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
Va. governor could help fill gap for Obama
Discussion: TIME.com
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Michael Ware / CNN:
Papers give peek inside al Qaeda in Iraq
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix said India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

 
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