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11:45 PM ET, June 18, 2008


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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
More Fun in Obamaconspiracyville: In Which Larry Sinclair Gets Arrested  —  I blogged a few weeks back about a convicted criminal, Larry Sinclair, who'd been begging the media to cover his wild allegations about Barack Obama.  Today Sinclair trotted into the National Press Club to air …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sinclair arrested, and other notes from the Press Club  —  A footnote to the story of Larry Sinclair, the gadfly whose long criminal record I wrote about this morning: He was arrested by Washington, D.C. police after his press conference there today, two officials at D.C.'s First District station confirmed to Politico.
Mondoreb / Blogger News Network:
Larry Sinclair Press Conference: Sinclair Arrested, Led Away in Handcuffs  —  Read 1,289 times.  —  Larry Sinclair-the gay man who's accused Senator Barack Obama of sharing gay sex and drugs with him in a Gurnee, IL hotel room in 1999-held a press conference at the National Press Club today.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Muslims barred from picture at Obama event  —  Two Muslim women at Barack Obama's rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women's headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.
Chris Christoff / Detroit Free Press:
Muslim woman demands an apology from Obama after camera snub  —  Head scarves led to decision; Democrat's campaign apologizes  —  One of two Muslim women who were denied visible seats behind Barack Obama's stage at Joe Louis Arena on Monday because they wore head scarves said they deserve …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:   Obama Camp Apologizes to Muslim Women
Nina Easton / Fortune:
Obama: NAFTA not so bad after all  —  The Democratic nominee, in an interview with Fortune, says he wants free trade “to work for all people.”  —  WASHINGTON (Fortune) — The general campaign is on, independent voters are up for grabs, and Barack Obama is toning down his populist rhetoric - at least when it comes to free trade.
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Memo to Obama: You Can't Represent the Uprising While Undermining It  —  I'm in New York City for tonight's annual gala for the Progressive States Network.  In researching my newspaper column that comes out later this week, I caught two stories on the wire that suggest Barack Obama thinks …
Matthew Yglesias:
Working Group  —  Obama announces his “National Security Working Group”  — Secretary of State Madeleine Albright  — Senator David Boren, former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence  — Secretary of State Warren Christopher  — Greg Craig, former director …
Sam Graham-Felsen / Barack Obama:
Obama Announces Senior Working Group on National Security
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's National Security Working Group
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Cindy McCain Presses Obama Patriotism Case  —  ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: Laura Bush may be ready to give Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her patriotism but Cindy McCain may not.  —  “I don't know why she said what she said,” Mrs. McCain explains in an interview …
Discussion: Salon, Hot Air, Spin Cycle and
Lynn Sweet:
“The View” ladies dive in to rescue Michelle Obama after she calls Barack “pathetic.”  UPDATE Obama spokesman Vietor said Michelle said “empathetic.”  —  UPDATE after this was posted, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor called to say Michelle Obama said “empathetic,” not pathetic.
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Michelle on The View  —  Okay, I watched it.  Or I tried.  It was hard to pay attention, frankly, because it was the same twaddle as always, which is why it never occurs to me to watch The View.  Kathryn has captured perfectly the essential banality of Michelle Obama's appearance …
Discussion: No Left Turns
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Offshore Drilling Position A Flip From Three Weeks Ago  —  It is hardly a secret that when it comes to offshore drilling, Sen. John McCain was against the idea before he was for it.  On Monday, the Arizona Republican told a crowd in Texas that he was abandoning his long-time support …
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Issa Invokes Russert to Push for Offshore Drilling
Washington Wire:
Don Young's Office: An Intern Survival Guide  —  Susan Davis reports on Congress.  —  Capitol Hill internships are not always easy, particularly when you work for a gruff Alaskan with particular tastes and an uneven temper.  Fortunately, interns for Rep. Don Young have an unofficial guide …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Michelle Malkin:
Discuss: “We would have loved to knock his head off, too, but we had nothing to knock it off with.”  —  I can't get this story out of my head and heart.  —  How do you feel about the quote by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department's spokesman at the very end of the piece?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
San Francisco Chronicle:
Inaction in boy's killing called justified
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Right Wing News
Dominic Gates / The Seattle Times:
Boeing wins tanker protest, but drama is far from over  —  The saga of the Air Force refueling tanker contract is not over by a long shot, though Boeing won a huge victory Wednesday when the Government...  The saga of the Air Force refueling tanker contract is not over by a long shot …
Jen DiMascio / The Crypt's Blogs:
GAO upends Air Force tanker award
Raleigh News & Observer:
Blackwater wants lawsuit decided under Islamic law  —  The private military company Blackwater has cultivated a patriotic reputation, with its staff of retired military and former police officers, and the requirement that most of its workers swear an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: What Did Obama's Half-Brother Say About Obama's Background?  —  It was a sloppy paraphrase that emerged as false evidence.  —  Malik Obama, the older half brother of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave a brief interview to Israeli Army Radio.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Backstory on AP - Drudge Retort Issue  —  In reading a small slice of the coverage of the AP - Drudge Retort contretemps it struck me that a lot of the more breathless coverage in the blogosphere stems from the rather larger misperception that one day last week, out of the blue, Rogers Cadenhead got slapped with a lawsuit by AP.
Christopher Beam / Slate:
The Truth About Barack Obama  —  RUMORS THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN SHOULDN'T TRY TO CORRECT.  —  The Barack Obama presidential campaign introduced a new site last week,, that it hopes will debunk persistent myths about the senator: that he's a Muslim, that he won't say the Pledge of Allegiance, etc.
Discussion: marbury
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Ali / Think Progress:
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