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11:15 AM ET, June 13, 2008


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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 and Daily Kos
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.
Washington Post:
Town Hall: McCain's Comfort Zone
Discussion: MSNBC, Rising Hegemon and
Atrios / Eschaton:
That's Mavericky  —  McCain lies to Fox about who is going to attend his town hall.
Discussion: Shakesville and rubber hose
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:
LOAN SLEAZE SPREADS  —  2 SENATORS GOT ‘EXEC PAL’ DEALS  —  Two influential US senators got “VIP” loans from a leading subprime mortgage lender that saved them tens of thousands of dollars, it was reported last night.  —  The Democratic pols, Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Kent Conrad of North Dakota …
Discussion: MSNBC and Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
More Democrat cronies who received special Countrywide loan deals  —  Well, well, well.  I guess we won't be hearing Barack Obama fuming about these cozy home loan deals, either.  Portfolio has the scoop on special Countrywide loan arrangements received by Democrat Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Kent Conrad of North Dakota.
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and EconoPundit
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.
New York Times:
Media Charged With Sexism in Clinton Coverage  —  Many in the news media see little need to reconsider their coverage of the Clinton campaign.
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.
Teddy Davis / ABCNEWS:
Gun Control Group Braces for Court Loss  —  'We've Lost the Battle on What the 2nd Amendment Means,' Brady Campaign Head Says  —  The nation's leading gun control group filed a “friend of the court” brief back in January defending the gun ban in Washington, D.C. But with the Supreme Court poised …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Obama, Liberalism and the Challenge of Reform  —  Is Barack Obama really a force for change, or is he just a traditional Democrat with a patina of postpartisan rhetoric?  —  That question is surprisingly hard to answer.  When you listen to his best speeches, you see a person who really could herald a new political era.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and marbury
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Paul, Barr throw each other bouquets  —  You can see the beginnings of a possible alliance this fall between Ron Paul, who formally ended his Republican presidential bid Thursday night, and Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's nominee.  —  Paul was the Libertarian nominee in 1988 …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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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David Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Discussion: The Swamp
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Democratic Tide on The Rise
Discussion: The Corner
Thomas B. Edsall / The Huffington Post:
Obama Moves To The Center
Judith Warner / NYT:
Pure Tyranny  —  Righteous indignation is so easy, so pleasant …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Commentary
The Huffington Post:
Katie Couric Is Rubber And Keith Olbermann Is Glue
Lessig Blog:
The Kozinski mess  —  So the wires are a twitter with the story …
What About Our Daughters?:
Michelle Obama Watch Goes Live!
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Michelle Obama becomes GOP target
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
V.A. Ban on Voter Drives Is Criticized
Discussion: Intel Dump
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Obama's Helmet Moment
Shawn Pogatchnik / Associated Press:
Ireland holds key vote on EU treaty
Discussion: Hot Air
The Politico:
Obama moves quickly to reshape DNC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bad Cow Disease
Discussion: The Confluence
Senator McCain Could Save His Campaign with Energy Policy Flip-Flop
Discussion: Ed
Borys Krawczeniuk / The Times-Tribune:
Kanjorski caught in another ‘gotcha’ moment