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9:45 AM ET, June 17, 2008


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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.
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.”
Anne E. Kornblut / The Trail:
Clinton Insiders Take Umbrage at Solis Doyle Move
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Gore Endorses Obama as a Solver of Problems
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Live from Motown...It's the Gore-Obama Show
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!
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
Los Angeles Times:
Gay marriages begin as California ruling takes effect
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex weddings start with union of elderly San Francisco couple
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Dems face budget shortfall for convention  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Facing an $11.6 million budget shortfall, organizers of the Democratic National Convention are cutting events while hoping Barack Obama's emergence as the likely presidential nominee will spur his vast army of donors to pony up.
Leslie Wayne / The Caucus:
Denver's Money Struggles Continue
Discussion: DemConWatch
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 …
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Judge Backs White House in Dispute Over E-Mail  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Monday that a White House office did not have to make public its records about millions of e-mail messages that may be missing.  —  The judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of Federal District Court here …
Discussion: Reason Magazine and The Agitator
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 …
Jon Cohen / The Trail:
Obama Has 20 Point Lead on Lowering Gas Prices  —  Nearly eight in 10 Americans now call rising gas prices a financial burden, with those from lower income households particularly apt to feel the pinch.  —  Pump prices also appear to have a growing influence on behavior …
Discussion: The Swamp and MyDD
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
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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:
McCain: Let States Drill Off Shores; Let's Have a Town Hall With La Raza
 Earlier Items: 
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
Kevin J. Kelley /
‘No plans’ for Odinga-Obama meeting
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Why Brazil Isn't Ashamed to Exploit Its Oil
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