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1:00 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
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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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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.
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
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
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.
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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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
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Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Delegate's reversal stuns party
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Letters From Vermont  —  Despite the focus on the housing crisis …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
A Year Reshapes Hamas and Gaza
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Bob Lewis / Associated Press:
Warner takes self out of VP mix
Discussion: MyDD
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
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Elisabeth Rosenthal / International Herald Tribune:
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Labour MP backs Davis's challenge
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign
Chris Thompson / Slate:
Does Google Hate America?
Thers / Firedoglake:
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Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
Tariff to Nowhere  —  According to Political Science 101 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain doesn't pick up on Michelle Obama joke