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5:20 PM ET, June 14, 2008

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Washington Post:
Key Iraqi Leaders Deliver Setbacks to U.S.  —  Premier Rejects Terms of Proposed Pacts; Cleric Reactivates Militia  —  The Bush administration's Iraq policy suffered two major setbacks Friday when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki publicly rejected key U.S. terms for an ongoing military presence …
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New York Times:
A Moment of Clarity in Baghdad
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Remnick / New Yorker:
TIM RUSSERT  —  Our colleague Calvin Trillin once referred to the televised weekend bloviators from Washington as the “Sabbath Gasbags.”  Which was fair up to a point.  Countless cubic feet of hot, polluted air are regularly unleashed into the national atmosphere by politicians and commentators …
Discussion: The Fix and The New Republic
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Scott Ott / scottott.blogtownhall.com:
Chris Matthews' Russert Eulogy: Like a Belch in Church  —  Chris Matthews' initial reaction to the death of colleague Tim Russert can be summed like this: Bush lied.  People died.  —  Yes, MSNBC's Chris Matthews found a way to use even the death of a beloved journalist …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Stay classy, Chris Matthews
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Associated Press
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Delegate's reversal stuns party  —  Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain  —  Washington - As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton's defeat.  —  She's not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
“The Happening”: The Most Morally Abhorrent Film Ever Made (Spoiler Alert)  —  Chris does an admirable (and hilarious) job of tearing apart M. Night Shyamalan's latest crime against cinema, The Happening.  It is incredibly awful, so laughingly bad that at one point during the screening …
Discussion: Althouse
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
It's not race, it's arugula  —  The Weekly Standard's Noemie Emery disputes the media's facile, predictable racial interpretation of Obama's poor showing in Appalachia.  It's not because of race, but rather reflects a deep national divide between action-oriented Jacksonians versus clerical, paper-pushing Brahmins:
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:   It's Not Race, It's Arugula
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's quandary: Wear a helmet, look dumb or be a role model?  —  Sure, there's world wars and toxic pollution and corruption and Social Security reform and a few other things like trillions of dollars in debt to worry about.  —  But before getting to those easy issues …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ASSIGNMENT DESK: BILL RICHARDSON FOR VP?  —  Make Bill Richardson vice president, or he will kill this child.  Yeeearrgghhh!  —  Ryan asks, “Could you do an evaluation of Richardson for VP?  He seems like an obviously good choice, but there hasn't really been any discussion of him as a nominee.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
There's Votes in Them Thar Hills  —  Drill, McCain, drill.  —  For years now, John McCain has warned of the peril to America in sending $400 billion a year to foreign countries in return for oil.  He's been loud and relentless on the subject—and wise.  “It's a national security issue,” …
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain 2008:
Obama Flip-Flop on Gun Control?  Or New Politics?  Or Both?  —  Barack Obama appeared at a fundraiser in Philadelphia last night where he delivered the following remark: … A couple thoughts from McCain HQ on this.  First, Barack Obama has a long track record as a proponent …
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama brings a gun to a knife fight  —  The McCain campaign and RNC are pouncing on another line from the Obama pool report:  —  “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said in Philadelphia last night.  “Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl.
Discussion: The Swamp
Associated Press:
Afghan official: 870 inmates escaped from prison  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. and NATO troops aided Afghan forces with reconnaissance in a hunt Saturday for 870 inmates who escaped prison after a sophisticated Taliban assault that even NATO conceded was a success for the militants.
Guardian:
Ireland delivers stunning blow to EU  —  The long campaign to forge a new dispensation for the European Union descended into panic and uncertainty yesterday when Ireland turned its back on its 26 EU partners and voted down the Lisbon Treaty.  —  EU leaders in Brussels and governments across the union …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Fox forced to apologise to Obama for third time in two weeks  —  Rupert Murdoch's Fox News television station has been forced to apologise to Barack Obama for the third time in a fortnight after screening a racially tinged caption referring to his wife Michelle as his “baby mama”.
Discussion: The Liberal Avenger and Truthdig
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Cancels Fundraiser with Oilman Who Joked About Rape  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Friday suddenly cancelled an upcoming fundraiser at the home of a Texas Republican after media outlets began asking the campaign about comments the host made while running for governor in 1990.
Discussion: MOMocrats and TIME.com
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Tracy Russo / The Back Forty:
This is not OK.  —  ABC News is reporting that John McCain was …
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
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Balkinization:
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America's real drug problem
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Richard McKenzie's Popcorn
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama considering world tour ahead of August convention
Discussion: The Swamp and The Other McCain
Mike O'Shea / Concurring Opinions:
What to Watch For in D.C. v. Heller
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Companies get OK to annoy polar bears
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
 Earlier Items: 
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
NRA's political clout is waning
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Dennis Prager / Townhall.com:
Prager H1: Big Victory for Terrorists and Liberals
Discussion: protein wisdom
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: GOP might face tough time in November
Associated Press:
Candidates disagree on joint town hall meetings
Discussion: Hot Air and Stop The ACLU
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T: termination fees ultimately a great deal for consumers
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
John Coleman / KUSI-TV:
John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Presidential Election