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1:40 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.
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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Associated Press:
Obama calls absent black fathers to task
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama talks tough on ‘AWOL’ fathers
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TIME.com
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 …
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Olbermann Asked To Tone Down Hillary Hate, Refused
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
John Hendren / ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama in for ‘Very Ugly Stuff’  —  She's the New Woman Conservatives Love to Hate  —  Like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton before her, Michelle Obama is becoming the would-be first lady conservatives love to hate.  —  The conservative National Review recently showed …
Associated Press:
3 likely candidates express little interest in VP  —  WASHINGTON - Two former senators and one sitting governor thought to be possible candidates for vice president on Sunday expressed minimal interest in the job but didn't remove themselves from consideration.  —  Been there, done that, said one.
Discussion: MyDD
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Washington Post:
Mark Warner Rejects VP Talk, Wants Senate Seat
Mike Dorning / Chicago Tribune:
Edwards backs off from veep refusal
Discussion: Political Radar and TIME.com
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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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.
Discussion: Scripting News
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 …
Discussion: Bang the Drum
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
This Week: Fred Thompson Muddies The Waters On SCOTUS Gitmo Decision
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Pharyngula
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.
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 …
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
America's prison for terrorists often held the wrong men  —  GARDEZ, Afghanistan — The militants crept up behind Mohammed Akhtiar as he squatted at the spigot to wash his hands before evening prayers at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.  —  They shouted “Allahu Akbar” — God is great …
The Politico:
Tribute in Russert's studio  —  On a memorial edition of NBC's “Meet the Press,” moderator Tim Russert was remembered in his studio as a friend of politicians who prepared rigorously for the powerful show and was “offended” when they didn't do the same.  —  The show, with just one commercial …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   Recalling Russert as Political Operative in New York
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
NEW R-J NEVADA POLL: McCain 44%, Obama 42%  —  McCain, Obama split vote, with many still undecided  —  As the presidential candidates square off for the general election, Nevadans are closely divided between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, according to a statewide poll.
 
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
British debate highlights the cravenness and complicity of …
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
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!
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Toronto Star:
Free speech cannot be an excuse for hate
Discussion: Israpundit
Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
A Partnership With Iraq  —  The Shiite government signals …
Peter Schweizer / Daily Mail:
Don't listen to the liberals …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Many historians see little chance for McCain
Chris Ayres / Times of London:
Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol