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1:50 PM ET, June 13, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
McCain Stacks Fox News ‘Town Hall’ With Supporters  —  Tonight was the first in a much-hyped series of ‘town hall’ forums scheduled by John McCain's campaign, in which Barack Obama had been challenged to show up to discuss the issues directly with the GOP nominee.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Town hall talks break down
Discussion: The New Republic
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
McCain on Wall Street: ‘Angry’ About Oil
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
McCain Slams The Supreme Court's Habeas Decision  —  PEMBERTON, N.J.—I am still sitting in a John McCain town hall, so have not had time to transcribe the full quotes, but wanted to post this quick.  After a day of consideration, the McCain Campaign has decided to come out hard against yesterday's 5 …
Discussion: The New Republic and
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Enemy Within … PAGE: 12NEXT »  —  BACK TO TOP
Discussion: I Am TRex
John Scalzi / Whatever:
Fox News Would Like To Take a Moment To Remind You That the Obamas Are As Black As Satan's Festering, Baby-Eating Soul  —  Back in the day - you know, when presidential candidates were respectably white - news organizations called potential First Ladies “wives.”
Discussion: Macsmind, Daily Kos and
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox Forced to Address Michelle Obama Headline
The Hill:
McCains report more than $100,000 in credit card debt  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife reported more than $100,000 of credit card liabilities, according to financial disclosure documents released Friday.  —  The presidential candidate and his wife Cindy reported piling up debt on a charge card between $10,000 and $15,000.
Countrywide's Many ‘Friends’  —  Two U.S. senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations received loans from Countrywide Financial through a little-known program that waived points, lender fees, and company borrowing rules for prominent people.
Dareh Gregorian / New York Post:
Discussion: MSNBC and Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Iraq PM: security deal talks at dead end  —  AMMAN, Jordan - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says talks with the United States on a longterm security agreement have reached a “dead end.”  Al-Maliki says the talks slumped because each side refused the other's demands.
Matthew Yglesias:   No Deal  —  Nouri al-Maliki says no deal with the Bush administration:
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Obama Campaign Dispatching Thousands  —  Moving to harness the grass-roots energy that helped win the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will deploy 3,600 volunteers in 17 states this weekend, each committed to six consecutive weeks of full-time political work.
Lessig Blog:
The Kozinski mess  —  So the wires are a twitter with the story of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski's “web site” which, from reading the stories, you'd think was filled with porn (and worse), revealing a dark soul who, some experts in legal ethics suggest, shouldn't be presiding at an obscenity trial.
Ross Douthat:
Perfect Madness  —  John Podhoretz nominates this Judith Warner post for the “Repulsive Blog Item of the Year Award.”  I would second the nomination, but I also think it's worth zeroing in the structure of Warner's post, which reflects the kind of gonzo inanity that's made her a hathetic joy to read for a long time now.
Judith Warner:
Pure Tyranny  —  Righteous indignation is so easy, so pleasant …
Discussion: Commentary
Lesley Clark / Naked Politics:
Dems delegate turns ugly  —  So much for party unity: As Florida Dems prepare for Saturday's Jefferson-Jackson dinner aimed at bringing the party “together once and for all,” a spat over the Obama campaign's decision to replace some already-designated Florida delegates with Obama backers has intensified.
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Obama Moves To The Center  —  Barack Obama faces the difficult task of shifting his message away from the primary electorate to general election voters, while avoiding angering the more liberal primary voters who gave him the presidential nomination.  —  Obama appears at the close of this week …
Adam B. Ellick / New York Times:
Texas Inmate Says Judge and Prosecutor Had Affair  —  HOUSTON — Lawyers for a Texas inmate facing execution next week filed court papers on Thursday accusing the judge at his double-murder trial of having an affair with the prosecutor.  —  The papers, filed in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals …
Discussion: TalkLeft, TPMMuckraker and Law Blog
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
McCain should know better  —  Context and decency elude the GOP presidential nominee  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  Tonight, a Special Comment on Sen. John McCain's conclusion that it's “not too important” when American forces come home from Iraq.  —  Thoughts, offered more in sorrow, than in anger.
New York Times:
Media Charged With Sexism in Clinton Coverage  —  Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable networks, putting up videos on a …
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Files 7 DMCA Takedowns Against Drudge Retort  —  I'm currently engaged in a legal disagreement with the Associated Press, which claims that Drudge Retort users linking to its stories are violating its copyright and committing “'hot news' misappropriation under New York state law.”
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Krugman gets a Rotten Tomato
Brad / Wonk Room:
McCain To Economists: I Can't Hear You!
Daily Mail:
Wife of Mugabe rival burned alive after having feet hacked off
Discussion: Jay Currie
Michelle Malkin:
Fight the smears...against Rush and the Right
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Dems attack lobbying record of McCain's VP vetter
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Leans on Team Daschle in Key States
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Agence France Presse:
Hamas indicates Israel not to blame for Gaza blast
Gregg Easterbrook / Wall Street Journal:
Life Is Good, So Why Do We Feel So Bad?
Discussion: TownHall Blog and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
McCain gets early Father's Day present
Discussion: and Top of the Ticket
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Ian Bailey / Globe and Mail:
Powell tells B.C. crowd he might vote for Obama
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Democratic Tide on The Rise
What About Our Daughters?:
Michelle Obama Watch Goes Live!
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Obama's Helmet Moment
The Politico:
Obama moves quickly to reshape DNC