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9:40 PM ET, June 16, 2008


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Al Gore / Al's Journal:
My endorsement  —  A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama.  From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.  —  Over the next four years …
Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Insiders Take Umbrage at Solis Doyle Move  —  FLINT, Mich. — The nomination fight is over, but the warring between the Obama and Clinton campaigns lives on.  —  The Obama team announced today that it had picked former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle to serve on its general election staff.
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Former Clinton Campaign Manager Joins Obama Team  —  The Obama campaign is about to make its first big hire out of the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Patti Solis Doyle, who was Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign manager until she was ousted in a staff shake up in February …
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PATTI SOLIS DOYLE, TAKE 2....It turns out that Barack Obama's hiring of Patti Solis Doyle is even more interesting than I thought at first.  Perhaps because I deliberately pulled back from campaign coverage during the final couple of months after Texas and Ohio, I didn't realize that Solis Doyle …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Vice-President: Clinton Sinking, Nunn Rising?  —  Following the news that former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has been hired by the Obama campaign as Chief of Staff for the Vice-Presidential nominee, there has been quite a bit of speculation about the ramifications of this hiring.
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Fall and Rise of Hillary Clinton  —  What she won by losing.  —  The victor and the vanquished are standing in a cluttered hallway backstage at the Washington Convention Center, conducting a conversation short and sweet—for one of them, at least.  It's just around noon on June 4 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Doing her part  —  Clinton gamely puts out a statement on Patti Solis Doyle going to work for Obama:  —  “Patti will be an asset and good addition to the Obama campaign.  After nearly two decades in political life, she brings with her the ability to tap an extensive network that will be a huge asset to Senator Obama.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Clinton Bundler on Obama's Doyle Pick: The Biggest ‘F**k You’ Ever  —  A former bundler to Hillary Clinton just called in to tell me that Barack Obama's selection of Patti Solis Doyle as chief of staff to the campaign's eventual vice presidential nominee is the “biggest f**k you I have ever seen in politics.”
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
Fired Clinton Campaign Manager Named to Run Obama's VP Campaign
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Taylor Marsh
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Gore endorses Obama and promises to help him
Discussion: TalkLeft and Tammy Bruce
Matthew Yglesias:
New Jobs  —  Obama campaign announces a bunch of new senior hires …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Don't call me nigger, Whitey  —  Or, how Sly and the Family Stone have prefigured the tortured logic of mainstream “liberal” American academic/media elite discourse on race.  From the Chicago Tribune: … Beyond the irony of being lectured on what people should or should not take offense …
Chicago Tribune:
‘Whitey’ fails to wound  —  Fellow slurs snicker at word's utterance  —  It's hard to come up with an ethnic slur that has less of a sting than “whitey.”  —  A prevalent yet unsubstantiated Internet rumor has it that Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, used this term at some point in a speech …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Second President Bush floats prospect of a third  —  (CNN) - For only the second time in nearly three decades, there won't be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November.  But that absence may not be a permanent one, the current White House occupants hinted Sunday.
Robert D. Kaplan / The Current:
What Obama Can Learn from Gates  —  As conditions in Iraq improve, Barack Obama has yet to adjust his proposed strategy for managing conflict in the region.  —  Like Sen. Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly doubted the wisdom of invading Iraq.
Discussion: Commentary
Michelle Malkin:
McCain on offshore drilling: For it before he was against it before he was for it again  —  Just a recap: McCain was AWOL on the windfall profits tax debate in the Senate (a failed Carter relic that he says he'd be “glad to look at").  He had nothing to say about Rep. John Peterson's effort …
Discussion: The Trail and Don Surber
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:   McCain: Let States Decide on Offshore Drilling
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Hitting McCain on “a Google”  —  Ben Smith notes that Barack Obama is to mention Google three separate times in his Michigan speech today.  —  That's surely no accident.  —  Last week, discussing how easy it is to find information on people these days, McCain said, “You know, basically it's a Google.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Robert H. Reid / Associated Press:
Iraqi violence down; war's root causes unresolved  —  BAGHDAD - Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point.  Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets.
Discussion: Power Line and Secular Blasphemy
Little Green Footballs:
Boycotting the Associated Press  —  Lots of fallout today from the Associated Press's self-defeating decision to threaten legal action against web sites that link to and quote their articles.  Techcrunch says they're banning the AP: Here's Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They're Banned.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hits at McCain's Appeal to Women  —  Sen. Barack Obama hit back at Sen. John McCain's recent attempts to court women voters who flocked to Sen. Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid in droves.  —  . “On almost every single issue that's important to women, he's been on the wrong side …
Discussion: Open Left and Truthdig
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World trusts Ahmadinejad more than Bush 'to do the right thing …
White House:
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Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard Blog:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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People's Daily Online:
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Terry Frieden / CNN:
White House office wins ruling on e-mail records
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
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Discussion: Slog
Blogger arrests hit record high
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Obama Aide, Reporter Dons Flack Jacket