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9:50 AM ET, June 17, 2008


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
Poll Finds Independent Voters Split Between McCain, Obama  —  Buoyed by a public mood favoring Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama begins the general-election campaign holding a narrow advantage over Sen. John McCain, with independent voters emerging as a constituency critical to the Republican's hopes of winning the presidency in November.
Washington Post:
McCain Seeks to End Offshore Drilling Ban  —  Sen. John McCain called yesterday for an end to the federal ban on offshore oil drilling, offering an aggressive response to high gasoline prices and immediately drawing the ire of environmental groups that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has courted for months.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
How Close McCain Is to Bush Depends on the Issue  —  WASHINGTON — The Democrats like to say that electing Senator John McCain would usher in the third term of George W. Bush, and they do not mean it as a compliment.  The Republicans counter that calling the senator “McBush” is political spin and that Mr. McCain is his own man.
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Goes to War  —  Last week's Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush has been painted as a stinging rebuke of the administration's antiterrorism policies.  From the celebrations on most U.S. editorial pages, one might think that the court had stopped a dictator from trampling civil liberties.
Zzaki / Political Punch:
McCain Camp Pounces on Obama Comments From ABC News Interview  —  The campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tonight pounced on comments Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., made in an interview today with ABC News.  —  This was the exchange in question.  —  TAPPER: Speaking of the Supreme Court …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Contempt Of Courts  —  The day after the Supreme Court ruled …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Gitmo Nightmare  —  What the Supreme Court has wrought.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Obama Gets “The” Endorsement: The Lousy Timing of Al Gore  —  Perhaps one day someone will write a chapter about Al Gore in a new book titled “Profiles In Uncourage.”  —  Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Barack Obama finally got what he and former rival Senator Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Live from Motown...It's the Gore-Obama Show
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Gore Endorses Obama as a Solver of Problems
James Risen / New York Times:
Lost Army Job Tied to Doubts on Contractor  —  WASHINGTON — The Army official who managed the Pentagon's largest contract in Iraq says he was ousted from his job when he refused to approve paying more than $1 billion in questionable charges to KBR, the Houston-based company that has provided food …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Privatizing The Army
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.”
Kevin Drum / Washington Monthly:
PATTI SOLIS DOYLE, TAKE 2....It turns out that Barack Obama's hiring …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Doing her part  —  Clinton gamely puts out a statement …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Democratic Daily
Jeffrey Klein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Secret, Questionable Record  —  “At a meeting in his Pentagon office in early 1981, Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman told Capt. John S. McCain III that he was about to attain his life ambition: becoming an admiral.... Mr. McCain declined the prospect of his first admiral's star …
Discussion: The RBC and Hoffmania!
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy  —  Winnie the Pooh, Luke Skywalker and British football hooligans could shape the foreign policy of Barack Obama if he becomes US President, according to a key adviser.  —  Richard Danzig, who served …
Leslie Wayne / The Caucus:
Denver's Money Struggles Continue  —  The Denver Host Committee continues to lag in its fund-raising efforts for the Democratic convention, missing a Monday goal of raising $40.6 million, falling short by almost $11 million.  The committee reported raising $29 million at the close of business on Monday …
Discussion: DemConWatch
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
TELL THE TRUTH, GOV  —  ABSOLUTELY NO DENYING YOU CALLED MIKE LIAR  —  The laughable nature of Gov. Paterson's half-hearted denials that he called Mayor Bloomberg a tantrum-prone liar wouldn't be significant if New York's accidental governor hadn't vowed from the start to be different …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Report Questions Pentagon Accounts  —  Officials Looked Into Interrogation Methods Early On  —  A Senate investigation has concluded that top Pentagon officials began assembling lists of harsh interrogation techniques in the summer of 2002 for use on detainees at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Salon
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
Discussion: neo-neocon and alicublog
Marc Ambinder:
Your Electorate, Folks  —  ABC News and the Washington Post are out with their first post-primary poll, and, as should not be surprising, it is fairly identical to the results found by CNN, Fox, USA Today, Gallup, CBS News, NBC News.  (These polls are the gold standard; with Gallup tracking daily …
Washington Post:
California Weddings Make History  —  State-Sanctioned Unions for Same-Sex Partners Begin  —  She said, “I do,” and she said, “Absolutely.”  —  With those words, Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, both dressed in ivory-colored suits, were pronounced “spouses for life” on the steps of the town courthouse …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax  —  FLINT, Mich. — Sen. Barack Obama shed new light on his economic plans for the country, saying he would rely on a heavy dose of government spending to spur growth, use the tax code to narrow the widening gap between winners and losers …
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GOP member calls for mortgage inquiry
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Associated Press:
Judge Backs White House in Dispute Over E-Mail
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How Tim Russert Got His Start
Jon Cohen / The Trail:
Obama Has 20 Point Lead on Lowering Gas Prices
Discussion: The Swamp and MyDD
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
“Yes We Can” Obama video wins Emmy
Discussion: Expressio Unius
Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama says encouraged by drop in violence in Iraq
The Campaign Spot:
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
Booming, China Faults U.S. Policy on the Economy
Discussion: Truthdig
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox anchor claims Iranian missile could possibly 'hit some military …
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
AP Badly Mistaken on Drudge Retort
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
alt.blocked: Verizon blocks access to whole USENET hierarchy
Discussion: Amygdala and Digg
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Hits at McCain's Appeal to Women
Discussion: Open Left and Truthdig
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
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