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4:00 PM ET, June 17, 2008


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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 …
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) …
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 …
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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:   Re: Paging Andy McCarthy
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax  —  FLINT, Mich. — Sen. Barack Obama shed new light on his economic plans for the country, saying he would rely on a heavy dose of government spending to spur growth, use the tax code to narrow the widening gap between winners and losers …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kerry: McCain embraces Bush  —  Responding to the McCain campaign's shot at Obama as a “9/10 candidate” — a familiar line of attack from the 2004 campaign, the 2004 Democratic nominee, John Kerry, told reporters that the attack drew McCain closer to Bush.  —  “He has fully embraced …
Discussion: MSNBC
Marc Ambinder:
Kerry Blasts McCain's “Iraq War mindset”
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Obama on Social Security, Ctd.  —  The other day I noted that Obama wants to raise taxes on high earners to pay for Social Security, and asked whether he was going to give those people higher benefits, too.  The program as it stands pays you more the more you put into it, although it does not go up proportionally.
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, Barack Obama is having a hard time winning the support of blue-collar voters.  —  So here's a piece of strategic advice for the candidate: Lose the Nicorette.  Light up instead.  —  Consider these statistics, culled from studies of smoking patterns.
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?
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.
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 …
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Tea Leaves  —  To follow up on Sean's post, Sean Reagan …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
R.I.P. to the S.U.V.  —  It's hard to convince most Americans …
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