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1:15 PM ET, June 16, 2008

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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here's Our New Policy On A.P. stories: They're Banned  —  The stories over the weekend were bad enough - the Associated Press, with a long history of suing over quotations from their articles, went after Drudge Retort for having the audacity to link to their stories along with short quotations via reader submissions.
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:
AP Gets Worried  —  News of the Associated Press' bully-boy tactics against bloggers on Friday and the pushback Saturday and Sunday which has led a bipartisan boycott of AP to spread widely across the internet has hit the mainstream media after the weekend of bipartisan blogger buzz.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
AP, hole, dig
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 …
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — American soldiers herded the detainees into holding pens of razor-sharp concertina wire, the kind that's used to corral livestock.  —  The guards kicked, kneed and punched many of the men until they collapsed in pain.
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
What's Next for MTP?  —  With the poignant farewell to Russert on yesterday's Meet the Press, the conversation is now turning to replacements.  —  Let me just say, that I didn't agree with Tim Russert's approach to his show in every respect.  I thought his obsession with the green-eyeshade stuff could be tedious.
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Karl / protein wisdom:
A controversial suggestion for NBC's Meet the Press
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
As Obama Aide, Reporter Dons Flack Jacket  —  ST. LOUIS — As Barack Obama started fielding questions at a hospital here last week, Linda Douglass stood off to the left, scribbling in a reporter's notebook, as she has in every presidential campaign since 1980.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Investigation Advances For U.S. Attorneys Scandal  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers have filed a grand-jury referral stemming from the 2006 U.S. attorneys scandal, according to people familiar with the probe, a move indicating that the yearlong investigation may be entering a new phase.
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Associated Press:
Obama camp sees possible win without Ohio, Fla.  —  FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections — Florida and Ohio.
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama's Aide Plouffe Plots Victory From Background
Discussion: The New Republic
New York Times:
A Delegator, Obama Picks When to Take Reins  —  WASHINGTON — In the months leading up to Senator Barack Obama's big loss in the Pennsylvania primary, he was a detached manager: around, but not meddling.  Rarely on early-morning conference calls with his senior advisers …
James Kirchick / Los Angeles Times:
Bush never lied to us about Iraq  —  The administration simply got bad intelligence.  Critics are wrong to assert deception.  —  Touring Vietnam in 1965, Michigan Gov. George Romney proclaimed American involvement there “morally right and necessary.”  Two years later, however, Romney …
Matthew Yglesias:
Bringing Back Rudy  —  This David Frum article on the veepstakes starts off kind of slow and earnest, but it closes with a great punchline: … Because more warmongering and corrupt associates is exactly what John McCain needs!  At a minimum, I think this choice would be good news for liberal bloggers.
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David Frum / The New Republic:   The Rules  —  How McCain should pick 'em.  —  Some years ago …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fiscal Poison Pill  —  A poison pill, in corporate jargon, is a financial arrangement designed to protect current management by crippling the company if someone else takes over.  —  As I read the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center's analysis of the presidential candidates' tax proposals …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bush backer pens pro-Obama book  —  The conservative Evangelical biographer of George W. Bush and Tom DeLay has moved on to a new subject: Barack Obama.  And his new book, due out this summer, may lend credibility to Senator Obama's bid to win Evangelical Christian voters away from the Republican Party.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
UNIONS AND PRODUCTIVITY.  —  It's an article of faith for some on the right that unions wreck productivity.  Problem is, the empirical evidence doesn't back them up.  Some elements of union workplaces probably hurt productivity.  In this category, put things like work rules …
 
 
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Lieberman for Veep?  —  I wrote a story in March noting …
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BBC:
Blogger arrests hit record high
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Big Tim  —  Before he was a journalist, Tim Russert, who died suddenly Friday, was a pol.
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