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5:55 PM ET, June 15, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama-McCain Race Reverts to Virtual Tie  —  Percentage undecided now 15%, highest of the year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voters are closely divided between Barack Obama and John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted June 12-14, with 44% of national registered voters favoring …
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
The Politico:
Tribute in Russert's studio  —  On a memorial edition of NBC's “Meet the Press,” moderator Tim Russert was remembered in his studio as a friend of politicians who prepared rigorously for the powerful show and was “offended” when they didn't do the same.  —  The show, with just one commercial …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Recalling Russert as Political Operative in New York
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Sundays after Russert  —  On the morning after Tim Russert's …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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.
Toronto Star:
Free speech cannot be an excuse for hate  —  One staple of anti-Semitism has been that Jews have taken over the world, or are about to.  Now Muslims are being accused of the same.  —  That Muslims pose a dire demographic and ideological threat to the West was the hypothesis of a 4,800-word article …
Discussion: Israpundit and Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Of Floods And Politics  —  Very deft p.r. from the Obama camp.  This is the kind of thing a president would do - and the contrast with Bush after Katrina is powerful:
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had Advanced Design  —  WASHINGTON — American and international investigators say that they have found the electronic blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon on computers that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist …
Discussion: War and Piece
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead
Discussion: Commentary and The Corner
Spencer / Attackerman:
I'll Tell You What Banks Told Me: Go 'Head, Switch The Style Up  —  Let's put a few Sadr-related things together.  —  First, Sadr has long been favored by Iraq watchers to win the provincial elections in Shiite areas — which helps explain why they're probably not going to happen on time, if at all.
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Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men  —  GARDEZ, Afghanistan — The militants crept up behind Mohammed Akhtiar as he squatted at the spigot to wash his hands before evening prayers at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.  —  They shouted “Allahu Akbar” — God is great …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Fred Thompson Muddies The Waters On SCOTUS Gitmo Decision  —  This is what aggravates me so much about the Sunday “news” shows.  There is so much lying and muddying of the waters so that the average American-who doesn't have the time to read judicial decisions-doesn't understand …
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: Salon and The Democratic Daily
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Acting!  —  Kathleen Parker has written a book on poor, put upon men (they suffer so much in this country), and for reasons obvious to only Chris Matthews' psyche, it put him in mind of this 2002 Saturday Night Live skit where John McCain plays a sensitive, giving husband.
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: Macsmind, Hot Air and Seeing the Forest
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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.
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama takes fatherhood message to S. Side church
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
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 and the talking dog
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Telegraph:
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