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3:05 PM ET, June 17, 2008


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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Contempt Of Courts  —  The day after the Supreme Court ruled that detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo are entitled to seek habeas corpus hearings, John McCain called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”  Well.  —  Does it rank with Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) …
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.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Report Questions Pentagon Accounts  —  Officials Looked Into Interrogation Methods Early On  —  A Senate investigation has concluded that top Pentagon officials began assembling lists of harsh interrogation techniques in the summer of 2002 for use on detainees at Guantanamo Bay …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
John Yoo's ongoing falsehoods in service of limitless government power  —  (updated below)  —  One of the most reliable methods for knowing that a position is unsustainable is that its advocates must employ outright falsehoods in order to support it.  In a Wall St. Journal Op-Ed today …
Senate Armed Services Torture Hearing
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Discussion: Salon
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 …
The Hill:
McCain camp: ‘Naïve’ Obama has ‘Sept. 10 mindset’  —  The campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday accused Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) of being “naïve” and “representing the perfect manifestation of a Sept. 10 mindset” in his approach …
Michael Goldfarb / John McCain Report blog:
Barack Obama, Esquire: The 9/10 Candidate  —  In an interview with ABC's Jake Tapper yesterday, Barack Obama offered a glimpse into how he views the threat posed by radical Islamic extremism: … It's hardly surprising that a lawyer would think that the war on terror would be fought …
Rasmussen Reports:
67% Support Offshore Drilling, 64% Expect it Will Lower Prices  —  Most voters favor the resumption of offshore drilling in the United States and expect it to lower prices at the pump, even as John McCain has announced his support for states that want to explore for oil and gas off their coasts.
Michelle Malkin:
Haditha Watch: Charges dismissed against Lt. Col. Chessani  —  Fight the smears.  Call John “Cold-blooded” Murtha for comment: 202-225-2065.  —  Note: As of 1:40pm Eastern, you will not find the Haditha story on the front page of the NYTimes website.  —  Told you to watch out for this yesterday.
Chelsea J. Carter / Associated Press:
Military judge dismisses charges in Haditha case
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Democracy Project
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Pin at the GOP state convention in Texas: “If Obama is President... will we still call it the White House?”  —  Expect the Republican party to do absolutely nothing about the racists in its own midst.  The national Republican party in Washington has contacts all the time with its state parties.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
If You Lose the White House Do the Rest of Us Have to Allow you to Stay in our Country?  —  Who says Republicans don't have class?  From the Dallas Morning News blog's report on the Texas GOP state convention...  If you're interested in their items, their website is here.
New York Times:
Where They Mostly Agree  —  Abortion and judges  —  Both men oppose use of federal money for abortions, including aid to groups that help women obtain them.  Both support the ban on Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2003 and parental notification for minors.  Mr. McCain says Roe v. Wade …
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 …
Washington Post:
A Friend in Need  —  Angelo Mozilo's loans to the well-connected raise some questions.  They should be answered.  —  SEEKING TO refinance his Delaware beach house in 2004, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) did what any ordinary property owner in his position would have done.
Discussion: The Foundry and
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:   And I Thought the Washington Post Was Being Sarcastic...
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Are Dems talking about McCain's age in ‘code’?  —  In a campaign year marked by flare-ups surrounding comments that have offended one group or another, John McCain and Barack Obama have moved on to the next sensitive battleground: the question of McCain's advanced age.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: GORE-ACLE FINALLY SPEAKS  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  *** The Gore-acle finally speaketh: For months, the question wasn't if Al Gore was going to endorse Obama, but when.  And would he do it at a time that was pivotal in the primary?
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Jim Michaels / USA Today:
Foreign firms investing in Iraq
Discussion: Wake up America
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Safavian wins a new trial in setback for Justice Department
Discussion: New York Times
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Obama Supporter Calls for Attacks on U.S. Troops
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Discussion: The New Republic
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
WHO PAYS?  —  Megan Cerpentier makes a good tax plan point over at Glamocracy.
Houston Chronicle:
McCain calls for end to offshore drilling ban
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
How Obama Can Win Over Seniors and Turn the November Election …
Tony Horwitz / New York Times:
Leader of the Pack  —  AS the Democratic primaries revealed …
 Earlier Items: 
Karl / protein wisdom:
Barack Obama: The Undistinguished Gentleman
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Corner
Andrew Zajac / Chicago Tribune:
Group muddies McCain message
Oliver Kamm / Guardian:
Bush made the world a safer place
Discussion: Commentary and TigerHawk
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Put Your Right Wing In, Take Your Left Wing Out
New York Times:
R.I.P. to the S.U.V.  —  It's hard to convince most Americans …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax
Marc Ambinder:
Your Electorate, Folks  —  ABC News and the Washington Post …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post: