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1:20 PM 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
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Jed / The Jed Report:
McCain Debates Himself on Supporting Bush
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 …
Washington Post:
A Partnership With Iraq  —  The Shiite government signals a desire for an alliance with the United States.  Shouldn't that be welcomed?  —  THOUGH IT was hardly noticed in Washington, Iraq's Shiite-led government sent a powerful message to Iran and to the Middle East last week.
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%  —  Obama's lead stays at the three-point level  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama maintains a three percentage point advantage over John McCain in national registered voter preferences for the general election, with a 45% to 42% edge in Gallup Poll Daily …
Telegraph:
George W Bush visit to cause Heathrow misery  —  Hundreds of thousands of air passengers face delays because of the arrival of President George W Bush at Heathrow this weekend for a brief visit to Britain.  —  The disruption at the airport is likely to begin on Friday as staff prepare …
Discussion: The Corner
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Olbermann Asked To Tone Down Hillary Hate, Refused … (Emphasis supplied.)  More . . .  BTW, this is the same Phil Griffin who was quoted as saying: … There appears to be a credibility problem for Phil Griffin on this issue.  Obviously he DID think his network, or at the least …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Free and Flush, Russians Eager to Roam Abroad  —  ANTALYA, Turkey — Yelena Kasyanova booked her trip at a local travel agency in about as much time it takes to drop by the market for a few groceries.  She was soon lounging here by the Mediterranean, a working-class anybody from an anyplace deep in Russia …
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
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
 
 
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Letters From Vermont  —  Despite the focus on the housing crisis …
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A Year Reshapes Hamas and Gaza
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Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Warner takes self out of VP mix
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Bush warns Brown over plan to cut Iraq force
Israel Insider:
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