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3:55 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 may challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.  —  In its third rebuke of the Bush administration's treatment of prisoners …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court gives detainees habeas rights  —  UPDATE, 1:03 p.m. The District Court judges in Washington who will hear the detaineees' habeas challenges mandated by the Supreme Court will meet soon to decide how to proceed, that Court announced shortly after the Supreme Court ruled.
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
The Gitmo Defeat  —  While I am still reviewing the 5-4 decision written by Anthony Kennedy, apparently giving GITMO detainees access to our civilian courts, at the outset I am left to wonder whether all POWs will now have access to our civilian courts?  After all, you would think lawful enemy combatants …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
KEY QUOTES FROM BOUMEDIENE V. BUSH: In this post, I want to excerpt …
Discussion: American Spectator and Commentary
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
Early Reaction to Boumediene.
Discussion: Firedoglake, SCOTUSblog and Corrente
Michelle Malkin:   Supreme Court opens up Gitmo lawsuit floodgates; Scalia …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Supreme Court says Gitmo detainees must have access …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Scalia: Court's Decision Restoring Habeas 'Will Almost Certainly Cause …
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
SCOTUS - Detainees Have Habeas Rights
Discussion: The Impolitic
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 …
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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.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Barack's Bad Day  —  Everybody knows that the very first rule in picking a vice president is to do no harm.  Really, you can choose anybody.  How dumb would you feel if it turned into an embarrassment?  This is why the careful, modern candidate sets up a screening system.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
The Unvetted Vetter
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama moves DNC operations to Chicago  —  In a major shakeup at the Democratic National Committee — and a departure from tradition — large parts of the committee's operations are relocating to Chicago to be fully integrated with the Obama campaign.  —  The DNC's political department …
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Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
CNN host lets talk go on of a possible run  —  Dobbs for N.J. governor?  —  It's a hot topic in Republican political and fundraising circles: CNN's Lou Dobbs is thinking of running for governor of New Jersey.  —  Several well-connected Republicans say they've heard the buzz that Dobbs …
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.
Tax Policy Center home:
A Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans  —  The nonpartisan Urban Institute publishes studies, reports, and books on timely topics worthy of public consideration.  The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.
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Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Comparison of the McCain and Obama Tax Plans
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
PUTTING OBAMA'S LEAD INTO PERSPECTIVE  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  In the latest NBC/WSJ poll, Obama leads McCain by six points (47%-41%) among registered voters.  While polls can't accurately gauge an election five months out — after all, so much can still happen …
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.
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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U.K. rights group: U.S. has photographic evidence of torture
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Tula Connell / Firedoglake:
When Did the American Dream Turn into Forced Labor?
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Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Shalala  —  The Medal of Freedom for Donna Shalala …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Rezko: Feds pressured to incriminate Obama
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The Trail:
Huckaboom Hits TV
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
Liveblogging the Texas GOP Convention
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Question Of Empire, Ctd.
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CNN:
Carville: Gore would make a great vice president...again
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Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Review: Troubling passages in texts at Va. school
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
David Broder's Moonlighting: Post columnist benefits from corporate speaking deals
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Dems Use Edgy Films to Rally Youth Voters
Debbie Schlussel:
EXCLUSIVE: Who is Mohammed Al-Churbaji?: …
WisPolitics.com:
WisPolitics.com: Obama bests McCain in first UW Dept. of Political …