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6:05 AM ET, June 16, 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.
SusanUnPC / NO QUARTER:
Gallup: It's a Dead Heat (and we speculate about why)
Discussion: TBogg
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama talks tough on ‘AWOL’ fathers
Discussion: The Daily Dish, marbury and TIME.com
Associated Press:   Obama calls absent black fathers to task
CBS News:
McCain Takes Gitmo Ruling Personally  —  Why Does GOP Candidate Scorn Supreme Court's Affirmation Of Right Of Habeus Corpus?  —  (CBS) John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, told a crowd of supporters in New Jersey Friday that the Supreme Court's latest Guantanamo Bay ruling is …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Face The Nation: Gingrich Thinks SCOTUS Gitmo Decision “Could Cost Us A City”  —  Lord, save us from the idiot pundit class.  The smackdown the Supreme Court gave the Bush administration is making the GOP very unhappy.  I mean, how dare we consider a fundamental building block of justice since …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Fred Thompson Muddies The Waters On SCOTUS Gitmo Decision
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs  —  The Associated Press, one of the nation's largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Face The Nation: Jindal Thinks Intelligent Design Should Be Taught With Evolution  —  I try very hard to be tolerant of others' beliefs.  I don't pretend to have all the answers and I certainly don't want to begrudge others answers that work for them.  However, I draw the line …
New York Times:
Officials Fear Bomb Design Went to Others  —  WASHINGTON — Four years after Abdul Qadeer Khan, the leader of the world's largest black market in nuclear technology, was put under house arrest and his operation declared shattered, international inspectors and Western officials are confronting a new mystery …
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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 …
Alan S. Blinder / New York Times:
Two Bubbles, Two Paths  —  LATELY more and more people have been questioning the received wisdom about what a central bank should do when confronted by an asset price bubble.  That piece of wisdom, shared by Alan Greenspan and Ben S. Bernanke, the former and present Federal Reserve chairmen …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
A Book Club Courts Liberals  —  The progressive movement has prided itself on its ability to get its messages out by harnessing the Internet, through organizations like MoveOn.org and blogs like Daily Kos or The Huffington Post.  —  But now a liberal-minded group is returning to an old-fashioned model: a book club.
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
HOLDER NEXT?  —  The news this morning is full of speculation about Eric Holder, one of three individuals selected by Barack Obama to conduct his vice-presidential selection process.  One, Jim Johnson, is already gone.  Holder is an obvious target because of his role in the pardon of convicted fugitive …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Ed Driscoll.com
 
 
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New York Post:
BIDEN RISING IN VEEPSTAKES
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Al Baker / New York Times:
Tasers Getting More Prominent Role in Crime Fighting in City
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain mingles with Clinton supporters
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
NEW R-J NEVADA POLL: McCain 44%, Obama 42%
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama calls out black community
Discussion: Redstate
Chicago Sun Times:
Is Obama smearing Rush?
Discussion: The American Mind
Juliet Eilperin / The Trail:
McCain Texas Fundraiser Back On, Sans Oilman
Washington Post:
Mark Warner Rejects VP Talk, Wants Senate Seat
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Of Floods And Politics  —  Very deft p.r. from the Obama camp.
Spencer / Attackerman:
I'll Tell You What Banks Told Me: Go 'Head, Switch The Style Up
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Acting!
The Politico:
Tribute in Russert's studio
Toronto Star:
Free speech cannot be an excuse for hate
Discussion: Ezra Levant and Israpundit
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Edwards backs off from veep refusal
Discussion: Political Radar
Washington Post:
A Partnership With Iraq  —  The Shiite government signals …