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11:45 PM ET, June 17, 2008


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Kos / Daily Kos:
More on the AP idiots … Hey AP — that's 120 words.  Have your lawyers call my lawyers.  —  Media experts are swarming over the AP's takedown notice against two bloggers, claiming that no one is allowed to excerpt from AP stories anymore.  Remember the AP's idiotic assertion:
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Associated Press: You owe me at least $132,125!  —  The Internet firestorm over the Associated Press's heavy-handed attempt to bully bloggers over fair use article excerpts has been absolutely schadenfreude-licious.  Now, it's time to turn the tables.  If your blog or blog commenters …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
$12.50 For Five Words? “Bite Me” Indeed, AP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP wants $2.50 a word to excerpt its stories now?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama Pushes Back on McCain Camp Terrorism Attacks  —  Responding to charges by the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, that comments he made to ABC News indicate he has a “naive” pre-9/11 view of terrorism, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, told reporters Tuesday that Republicans are not trying …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
WOULD BIN LADEN GET HABEAS RIGHTS?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas — According to the McCain campaign's top foreign policy advisor, Obama equals Clinton — at least when it comes to fighting terrorism.  —  On a conference call with reporters that took place this morning …
Associated Press:   Obama: Bin Laden still free because of GOP tactics
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama responds to McCain camp on terrorist prosecution
Discussion: TalkLeft
James Gerber / Political Radar:
Kerry: McCain Bin Laden Argument ‘Phony’
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Contempt Of Courts  —  The day after the Supreme Court ruled …
SteveK / TVNewser:
How F&F Became WPITW  —  Keith Olbermann gave Fox & Friends the gold on the Worst Persons list last night.  —  That's the short story.  The long story has actually very little to do with either the Countdown anchor or the FNC morning show.  It goes back to Friday night …
Discussion: Ed and FishBowlDC
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Feud for thought  —  For once, pundit Arianna Huffington is a woman of few words.  —  As politicians and journalists of every stripe mourn Tim Russert, the NBC newsman's longtime antagonist has yet to express condolences or any belated admiration.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Faiz / Think Progress:
Rep. Darrell Issa politicizes Russert's death.  —  This afternoon, the House of Representatives took up a resolution honoring the life of Tim Russert.  Following speeches by several speakers who issued heartfelt condolences, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) brazenly exploited Russert's death …
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog and Calitics
NY Daily News:
Hil and Obama, together again: First joint appearance to rally her donors  —  Hil and Obama, together again  —  Hillary Clinton will join Barack Obama for a joint appearance in Washington next week to persuade her donors to begin giving to the Democrats' nominee, the Daily News has learned.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton's campaign photo album's got something missing  —  For those of you who still can't quite accept the fact that Hillary Clinton is gone, finished, beaten, defeated as a Democratic presidential candidate, her campaign has just posted an online photo album.  —  For a walk down memory lane, go here.
Francis De Luca / John W. Pope Civitas Institute:
N.C. Poll: McCain Leads Obama 45-41  —  Both Candidates Improve Standing with Base  —  Raleigh, NC - After solidifying the Democratic nomination for President, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has pulled to within four points of Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in North Carolina according …
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Today's Polls: Yes, Obama's Still Bouncing
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Dear Chuck Todd and NBC: Iraq Matters  —  Chuck Todd calls Moveon's latest ad, featuring a mother asking McCain not to kill her child with irresponsible warmongering in Iraq, ‘shameless’.  —  I didn't notice any outcry from NBC when Progress for America aired this ad …
Discussion: MyDD and The Talent Show
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Chuck Todd disses Move On's new ad: ‘I think it was a borderline shameless ad’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Wed in California  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With a quiet pride and a sense of history, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across California wed on Tuesday, giving a human face to a landmark court decision and a powerful opening salvo in what is expected …
Jessica Peres / KGO-TV:
Some counties refuse same-sex marriages
Tennessee Center for Policy Research:
For Immediate Release: June 17, 2008  —  Gore's personal electricity consumption up 10%, despite “energy-efficient” home renovations  —  NASHVILLE - In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President's home energy use surged more than 10% …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
So much for Obama's Hispanic problem?  —  Chuck Todd and the First Read guys capture something that really stood out to me in that Nevada poll I wrote up yesterday: Obama's much-buzzed-about shortcomings with Latinos don't appear to be real.
Discussion: Slog
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Los Angeles Times:
‘Curveball’ speaks, and a reputation as disinformation agent remains intact
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Discussion: Attackerman
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Militants found recruits among Guantanamo's wrongly detained
Robert J. Ambrogi / Legal Blog Watch:
Law School Plans to Prosecute Bush
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Little Green Footballs:
Barack Obama Has Offended Billions of Muslims
Matthew Yglesias:
Brain Scan  —  Via Andrew Sullivan new research on the neurobiology of sexual orientation:
Discussion: Eschaton and The Daily Dish
The Independent:
Leading article: The tragic legacy of a disastrous president
 Earlier Items: 
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
In China, Fascination With Obama's Skin Color
Christian Science Monitor:
Fifth severed foot found on Canadian coast
Michelle Malkin:
Haditha Watch: Charges dismissed against Lt. Col. Chessani
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Are Dems talking about McCain's age in ‘code’?
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Put Your Right Wing In, Take Your Left Wing Out
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