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10:45 AM ET, June 15, 2008

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Chris Ayres / Times of London:
Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol  —  Silicon Valley is experimenting with bacteria that have been genetically altered to provide ‘renewable petroleum’  —  “Ten years ago I could never have imagined I'd be doing this,” says Greg Pal, 33, a former software executive …
Discussion: Digg
TigerHawk:
Iowa's “Katrina”?  —  The flooding in eastern Iowa has reached the point of catastrophe.  Towns are overwhelmed, businesses destroyed, and crops are gone.  A fifth of the corn and soybeans are gone.  Fox News is calling it “Iowa's Katrina.”  Here is a gallery of aerial phtographs …
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Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Lost city of ... Iowa  —  The streets in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - all 400 blocks of them - were filled with floodwaters and other strange sights: floating Dumpsters and utility poles and sandbags piled in vain.  —  The cresting Cedar River wreaked widespread havoc Friday on Iowa's second-largest city …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Thers / Firedoglake:
Late Night: The Politics of Cynicism  —  Something Matt Taibbi said in the comments to the terrific Book Salon below got me thinking about the role of cynicism in American politics: … If the last eight years haven't made you cynical, well, you probably need lots of help overcoming your drinking problem.
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Vows Tough Campaign:"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."
Amy Chozick / TIME.com:
Obama Pool Report From Philadelphia Fundraiser
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Get Osama Bin Laden before I leave office, orders George W Bush  —  President George W Bush has enlisted British special forces in a final attempt to capture Osama Bin Laden before he leaves the White House.  —  Defence and intelligence sources in Washington and London confirmed that a renewed hunt …
Discussion: Hot Air and Raw Story
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Angry Clinton Women ♥ McCain?  —  TEN years ago John McCain had to apologize for regaling a Republican audience with a crude sexual joke about Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno.  Last year he had to explain why he didn't so much as flinch when a supporter asked him on camera, “How do we beat the bitch?”
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain doesn't pick up on Michelle Obama joke  —  So a man finally got a question into McCain and he had a very different sort of question.  —  The questioner noted that he had been educated at Princeton and Harvard and made more than $300,000 a year.  —  “How can I be proud of my country?” he asked.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Many historians see little chance for McCain  —  One week into the general election, the polls show a dead heat.  But many presidential scholars doubt that John McCain stands much of a chance, if any.  —  Historians belonging to both parties offered a litany of historical comparisons that give little hope to the Republican.
Discussion: Electoral-vote.com
Washington Post:
Powerful Iraqi Cleric Recalibrates Strategy  —  The movement of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said Saturday that it would not take part in provincial elections this year, one day after it formed a new paramilitary group to fight U.S. troops.  —  The back-to-back moves suggested …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
A Year Reshapes Hamas and Gaza  —  GAZA — Cursing God in public here — a fairly common event in this benighted and besieged strip of Palestinian land — can now lead to prison.  So can kissing in public.  A judge ruled last week that a bank could not collect its contracted interest …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Warner takes self out of VP mix  —  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Mark R. Warner on Saturday removed himself from consideration as a vice presidential running mate for Democrat Barack Obama.  —  Warner clarified his intentions for the first time as he accepted the Virginia Democratic …
Discussion: MyDD
Ned Temko / Guardian:
Bush warns Brown over plan to cut Iraq force  —  President tells UK to avoid rushing into troop withdrawals  —  George Bush flies into London today with a warning for Gordon Brown not to announce a timetable for a British pull-out from Iraq, and expressing deep scepticism …
Discussion: Think Progress
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In Illinois, Clues to Obama's Electability  —  CHESTER, Ill. — The rookie state senator from Chicago had driven 340 miles to explore southern Illinois, but Barb Brown could muster only 20 Democrats in this small town on the Mississippi River to have breakfast with him.
Discussion: The Back Forty and TIME.com
 
 
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%
Discussion: alicublog and Weekly Standard
Israel Insider:
Malik Obama confirms his half-brother Barack grew up a Muslim
Elisabeth Rosenthal / International Herald Tribune:
China clearly overtakes U.S. as leading emitter of climate-warming gases
Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
Labour MP backs Davis's challenge
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign
Chris Thompson / Slate:
Does Google Hate America?
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Near Deal On Surveillance Bill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
Tariff to Nowhere  —  According to Political Science 101 …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama hits McCain, oil companies
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In '74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain's War Views
Matthew Yglesias:
Getting Paid  —  Saudi Arabia has a plan to boost their oil production in the near future.
Ross Douthat:
The Relevance of ANWR?  —  Ramesh responds: … Point taken.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Obama Goes One on One, Battling ‘Just a Speechmaker’ Label