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1:00 AM ET, June 19, 2008


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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.
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 …
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
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 …
Mark Halperin /
Obama Remarks on Detainees and Afghanistan  —  Good afternoon.  We just finished the first meeting of my new Senior Working Group on National Security.  We had a productive discussion about the challenges facing our nation, and I'm grateful that these distinguished men and women will be advising me in the months to come.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's National Security Working Group
Sam Graham-Felsen / Barack Obama:
Obama Announces Senior Working Group on National Security
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 …
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.
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
David Neiwert / Firedoglake:
The Obama Smear Merchants Keep On Smearin'  —  Here comes the torrent of bulls**t.  —  Yesterday morning Floyd Brown and Co. sent out a press release and e-mail announcing the Barack Obama's brother had acknowledged he was raised Muslim — something that Obama himself has denied.
Discussion: EXPOSEOBAMA.COM and Hullabaloo
Kelly Moeller / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: What Did Obama's Half-Brother Say About …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
McCain's Drilling Flip-Flop Is a Good First Step  —  Warts and all, John McCain's flip-flop on offshore drilling is a very welcome development.  When circumstances change, political leaders should change their policies.  And $4 at the pump and $140 in the open market is certainly enough …
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
House Dems Call to “Nationalize” Oil Industry  —  Right after McCain and Bush call to lift the ban on drilling here, the Democrats Socialists send in their counterpoint and it is blatant!  They skip right over socialism into Communism.  No talk about where they'd get the trillions to buy out stockholders …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Another Democrat calls for nationalizing the oil industry
Discussion: BeldarBlog and Outside The Beltway
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
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.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BELLY OF THE EARMARK BEAST!  —  We've just gotten a hold of “Intern's Survival Guide” which is part of the initiation material handed out to new interns in the office of Congressman Don Young (R) when they start at the office.  —  Lots of fun color, as you'd expect.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Washington Wire:
Don Young's Office: An Intern Survival Guide
Discussion: Swing State Project
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.
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Harry Siegel / The Politico:
Specter of 2000 could haunt Obama
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Takes Expected Lead
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Shouldn't the Senate Banking Chair know interest rates?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Coattails in Alaska?
Discussion: MyDD
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Kucinich Vows More Impeachment Articles On the Way
Discussion: Raw Story and Sister Toldjah
Ali / Think Progress:
Feith Chickens Out Of Congressional Hearing On Torture, Refuses …
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