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4:05 AM ET, June 18, 2008


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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
AP sets up a toll booth for bloggers citing its stories  —  The AP's disharmony with bloggers may have only just begun, as the alternative it's now offering to being served with takedown notices involves paying an up-front sum for excerpting online articles — as few as five words.
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 …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Irony Alert: AP Attacks Blogs for Quoting Their Stories, Then Quotes Even More Extensively from Blogs  —  So the AP has been threatening bloggers who quote their stories: … Even after an AP spokesman acknowledged that the organization's tactics were “heavy-handed,” they still didn't really back off:
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:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP wants $2.50 a word to excerpt its stories now?
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
‘Danger Signs’ as Clinton Supporters Resist Obama  —  Democratic Candidate Leads but Still Struggles to Win Over Key Groups  —  Sen. Barack Obama has emerged from his bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination with only a six point lead over Sen. John McCain and claiming …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hillary Clinton's campaign photo album's got something missing
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 …
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red Cross  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and concealed harsh treatment to avoid the scrutiny of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to documents that a Senate committee released Tuesday.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Targeting Steny Hoyer for his contempt for the rule of law  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  It is now definitively clear that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is the driving force behind a bill — written by GOP Sen. Kit Bond — to vest the President with vast …
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% …
New York Times:
After Attacks, Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction  —  Michelle Obama's eyes flicker tentatively even as she offers a trained smile.  As her campaign plane arcs over the Flathead Range in Montana, she is asked to consider her complicated public image.
Jessica Peres / KGO-TV:
Some counties refuse same-sex marriages  —  There are three counties in California which have completely stopped performing weddings because of the State Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages.  Those are Kern, Calaveras, and Butte County.  —  The Kern County clerk in Bakersfield …
Los Angeles Times:
‘Curveball’ speaks, and a reputation as a disinformation agent remains intact  —  The Iraqi refugee and German intelligence source code-named Curveball, left, meets with reporter John Goetz somewhere in Germany.  His tall tales of Saddam Hussein's mobile germ weapons labs helped the White House justify the invasion of Iraq.
Discussion: The Reaction and American Street
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: FishBowlDC and Ed
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Today's Polls: Yes, Obama's Still Bouncing  —  An odd day of polling, but one attention-grabbing result dominates the rest.  That is from Ohio, where Public Policy Polling has Barack Obama ahead by 11 points.  While Public Policy Polling developed a reputation as being somewhat Obama-friendly …
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 and Hullabaloo
MKH on O'Reilly  —  Many thanks to Allah Pundit for grabbing this clip for me.  —  In thinking about the video we discuss in the clip below, it makes perfect sense that it would portray an appeal to vote Democrat as a one-night stand.  Both activities are mostly the province of the young and irresponsible …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
A Disconnect  —  What Obama promises.  How Washington really works.
Discussion: Associated Press
Brian C. Ledbetter / snapped shot:
Afternoon Fan Mail
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Michael D. Shear / The Trail:
McCain Talks Energy, Slams Obama as “Carter”
Abu Qatada: Islamic cleric is released from jail
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Matthew Yglesias:
Your Reductio is My Dystopia
Discussion: Eschaton
Matthew Yglesias:
It's Better Than The Rest
Discussion: Attackerman
NY Daily News:
Rush & Molloy: Feud for thought
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
So much for Obama's Hispanic problem?
Discussion: Slog
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Democrats Say They Will Seek to Force Probe of McCain Funding
Discussion: Political Machine
Little Green Footballs:
Barack Obama Has Offended Billions of Muslims
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Guilty of Experience  —  In 1981, Prince Charles had a problem.
Discussion: Extreme Mortman
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
In China, Fascination With Obama's Skin Color
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Christian Science Monitor:
Fifth severed foot found on Canadian coast
Jim Michaels / USA Today:
Foreign firms investing in Iraq
Discussion: Wake up America