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10:30 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking A Breather  —  A lot of people are understandably taking this caesura in the campaign to reserve judgment on either nominee.  This makes sense to me.  We're exhausted from the Clinton-Obama melodrama and the dynmaics of a McCain-Obama contest are not yet clear.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%
Discussion: MyDD
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Obama Sharply Assails Absent Black Fathers  —  CHICAGO — Addressing a packed congregation at one of the city's largest black churches, Senator Barack Obama on Sunday invoked his own absent father to deliver a sharp message to African-American men, saying, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”
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Associated Press:
Obama calls absent black fathers to task
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama talks tough on ‘AWOL’ fathers
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TIME.com
Associated Press:
3 likely candidates express little interest in VP  —  WASHINGTON - Two former senators and one sitting governor thought to be possible candidates for vice president on Sunday expressed minimal interest in the job but didn't remove themselves from consideration.  —  Been there, done that, said one.
Discussion: MyDD
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Washington Post:
Mark Warner Rejects VP Talk, Wants Senate Seat  —  HAMPTON, Va., June 14 U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner took himself out of the running as a potential vice presidential candidate this year, telling about 2,000 delegates at the state Democratic convention that he will say no if Sen. Barack Obama offers him a spot on the ticket.
Discussion: MOMocrats, TIME.com and Donklephant
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Edwards backs off from veep refusal
Discussion: Political Radar and TIME.com
Peter J. Boyer / New Yorker:
ONE ANGRY MAN  —  Is Keith Olbermann changing TV news?  —  It was nearly midnight before Keith Olbermann left the NBC News election studio on May 13th, having spent five hours on the air, co-anchoring coverage of the West Virginia Democratic primary.  Olbermann had a short ride home …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Olbermann Asked To Tone Down Hillary Hate, Refused
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
John Hendren / ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama in for ‘Very Ugly Stuff’  —  She's the New Woman Conservatives Love to Hate  —  Like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton before her, Michelle Obama is becoming the would-be first lady conservatives love to hate.  —  The conservative National Review recently showed …
Paul West / Baltimore Sun:
McCain has diluted his rare reputation  —  John McCain once had the most powerful brand in American politics.  —  He was often called the country's most popular politician and widely admired for his independent streak.  It wasn't too many years ago that “maverick” was the cliche of choice in describing him.
Discussion: Scripting News
Fox News:
Report: Smuggling Network Had Blueprint for Advanced Nuclear Weapon  —  A draft report released by a former U.N. weapons inspector found that the international smuggling ring that supplied nuclear designs to Iran, Libya, and North Korea also obtained the blueprints for an advanced nuclear warhead, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had Advanced Design
Discussion: War and Piece and American Street
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead
Discussion: Commentary and The Corner
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: TVNewser and Matthew Yglesias
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:
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 and Greatscat!
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 …
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.
Chicago Sun Times:
Is Obama smearing Rush?  —  News item: Barack Obama campaign starts new Web site to fight smears from political opponents at www.fightthesmears.com.  —  The first smear mentioned:  —  “LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word ‘whitey’ from the pulpit of Trinity United.”
Discussion: The American Mind
 
 
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NEW R-J NEVADA POLL: McCain 44%, Obama 42%
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama calls out black community
Discussion: Redstate
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Texas Fundraiser Back On, Sans Oilman
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I'll Tell You What Banks Told Me: Go 'Head, Switch The Style Up
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
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Toronto Star:
Free speech cannot be an excuse for hate
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Discussion: The American Scene
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Delegate's reversal stuns party
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Free and Flush, Russians Eager to Roam Abroad
Peter Schweizer / Daily Mail:
Don't listen to the liberals …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
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