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6:15 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court says detainees have rights, bucking Bush  —  WASHINGTON - In a stinging rebuke to President Bush's anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts …
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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 Sherman / Associated Press:
High Court sides with Guantanamo detainees again  —  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 …
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 …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:   The Gitmo Defeat  —  While I am still reviewing the 5-4 decision …
Satyam / Think Progress:
Scalia: Court's Decision Restoring Habeas 'Will Almost Certainly Cause …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Supreme Court restores habeas corpus, strikes down key part …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
David Brown / The BLT:   A Goodbye for Greenhouse  —  The Supreme Court press corps …
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Flip / Suitably Flip:
Kos Tries To Pass Off Obama's Birth Certification As Birth Certificate  —  ... without any attribution or mention of how it came into his possession, it should be noted.  He divulges only that it is a scanned image, the edges of which he trimmed.  —  Unfortunately, he's more careful with document grooming than with authentication.
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Smear Page Smears the Smearmaster  —  Obama's campaign has launched a website meant to push back against the viral campaign against him called “Fight the Smears.”  The fact hub, replete with a Truth Bird, includes this: … But Stone, while absolutely spreading rumor of the tape, didn't say he had evidence.
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Exclusive: Obama's Anti-Rumor Plan
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Jay Carney Blames Conservative Bloggers for “Whitey” Rumor
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
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  —  The Tax Policy Center has published A Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans.  Here is the abstract: … Here is the bottom line: … Joe Kristan wryly observes on Roth & Co.:
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Ron Paul to End Campaign, Launches New Effort  —  Supporters Plot Shadow Convention, More Revolution  —  Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign, a pugnacious, ideological crusade against big government and interventionist leanings in the Republican party, will officially end Thursday …
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Fox addresses baby mama drama: Producer used ‘poor judgment’  —  Since Salon's Alex Koppelman caught Fox News characterizing Michelle Obama as “Obama's Baby Mama,” there's been an uproar over use of such an offensive term.  —  “A producer on the program exercised poor judgment in using …
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The Trail:
Citing His Age, Italian Prime Minister Backs McCain  —  Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pauses during a joint news conference with President Bush, not shown, June 12, 2008 at Villa Madama in Rome, Italy.  (Associated Press)  —  By Dan Eggen  —  ROME — It's not clear this is the kind …
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Washington Wire:
Italian P.M. Berlusconi Leans Toward McCain
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Rezko: Feds pushed for dirt on Obama  —  Imprisoned Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko has accused federal prosecutors of improperly pressuring him to implicate Barack Obama in a corruption case.  —  In a letter to the U.S. District judge who presided over his trial, Rezko …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Rezko: Feds pressured to incriminate Obama
Discussion: protein wisdom and TIME.com
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 …
Discussion: The Trail and Commentary
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Barack's Bad Day  —  Everybody knows that the very first rule …
Discussion: Washington Post
Randyj / TIME.com:
McCain Team Targets Obama on Gas Prices  —  Afternoon conference call seizes on Obama's recent comment that he would have “preferred a gradual adjustment” in gas prices.  —  Rep. Cantor: “For Sen. Obama to indicate that we'll just have to get used to (high gas prices) is clearly an indication that he's out of touch.”
Discussion: Commentary and Ben Smith's Blogs
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Fox News:
McConnell Continues Assault on Obama Over ‘Gradual’ Gas Hike Statement
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 …
The Trail:
Huckaboom Hits TV  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, pictured at a taping of “Meet the Press” in May 2008, will be a commentator for Fox News.  (Getty Images)  —  MIKE HUCKABEE  —  Huckaboom Hits TV  —  By Howard Kurtz Mike Huckabee may have flamed out as a presidential candidate …
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.
 
 
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