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10:55 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 …
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.”
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Gore Endorses Obama as a Solver of Problems  —  DETROIT — Former Vice President Al Gore made his season debut on the presidential campaign here on Monday evening, offering a vigorous endorsement of Senator Barack Obama as he urged all Democrats to rally behind the party's fall ticket.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Doing her part  —  Clinton gamely puts out a statement …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Al Gore endorses Barack Obama
Discussion: Tammy Bruce and The Agonist
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Hey whitey, don't be insulted  —  It seems clear that the Michelle Obama “whitey” tape is merely an urban rumor and does not exist, except in the fevered minds and wishful thinking of some who oppose Obama.  But even if it were found to be based in fact it turns out there's no harm, no foul.
Discussion: alicublog
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
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
Kevin J. Kelley /
‘No plans’ for Odinga-Obama meeting  —  Senator Barack Obama is absent from the list of dignitaries with whom Prime Minister Raila Odinga is scheduled to confer during his current visit to Washington.  —  Peter Ogego, Kenya's ambassador to the United States, told the ‘Nation’ on Sunday …
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
Los Angeles Times:
First of California's same-sex marriage licenses are issued  —  At 5:01 p.m., gay couples across the state raced to partake in a legal ritual long denied to them.  The first couple in L.A. County to marry were Robin Tyler and Diane Olson.  —  In Beverly Hills, the wedding couple wore matching ivory suits …
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
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World trusts Ahmadinejad more than Bush 'to do the right thing …
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