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11:50 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: The Moderate Voice and Digg
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 and marbury
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
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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, Macsmind and Raw Story
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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 …
Peter Schweizer / Daily Mail:
Don't listen to the liberals - Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows  —  George Orwell once wrote that politics was closely related to social identity.  ‘One sometimes gets the impression,’ he wrote in The Road To Wigan Pier, 'that the mere words socialism …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead  —  An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans …
Discussion: The Corner and War and Piece
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?”
Washington Post:
At Obama's Former Church, Hurt Lingers  —  Members Feel Bruised By Time in Media's Glare  —  CHICAGO — They paraded through the summer-like heat last weekend in long dresses and suit coats, hundreds of families following the same paths that lead them to church every Sunday morning.
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
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
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.
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
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%
Discussion: alicublog and Weekly Standard
Ned Temko / Guardian:
Bush warns Brown over plan to cut Iraq force
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
In Illinois, Clues to Obama's Electability
Discussion: The Back Forty and TIME.com
Gaby Hinsliff / Guardian:
Labour MP backs Davis's challenge
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Thompson / Slate:
Does Google Hate America?
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Near Deal On Surveillance Bill
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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
Ross Douthat:
The Relevance of ANWR?  —  Ramesh responds: … Point taken.