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4:35 PM ET, June 18, 2008


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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.
Amanda L. Pentler / NY Daily News:
Cindy McCain cooks up more controversy  —  Cindy McCain's been caught with her hand in the cookie jar again.  —  McCain's recipe for oatmeal-butterscotch cookies, published on the Family Circle Web site earlier in the month, appears to be an almost exact replica of a Hershey's recipe.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Battle of the Spouses: A Bit Better for Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Henry Seltzer / Us Weekly:
Sen. Barack Obama: Michelle Is an “Extraordinary Mother”  —  Barack Obama tells Us Weekly in its new issue, on newsstands now, that his wife Michelle is an “extraordinary mother” to their two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 7.  —  “Nothing is more important to Michelle than being a good mother …
Washington Wire:
Michelle Obama Applauds Hillary Clinton on “The View”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Raw Story
Lynn Sweet:   “The View” ladies dive in to rescue Michelle Obama after she calls …
Nate /
Today's Polls, 6/18  —  A little more than two months ago, I ran through a scenario that predicted what might happen if half of the Hillary Clinton Democrats who said they were going to vote for John McCain instead gravitated back to Barack Obama.  The prediction was that the so-called …
Marc Ambinder:
Here's Your Bounce: Obama Up In PA, FL, OH
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
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 …
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Huckabee: Demonizing Obama is a ‘fatal mistake’  —  (CNN) - Former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee called Barack Obama's candidacy “a landmark achievement” Tuesday, and warned fellow Republicans not to demonize Obama.  —  “Republicans will make a fundamental if not fatal mistake …
Discussion: Wonkette
Agence France Presse:
Republican Huckabee says don't denigrate Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama accuser has long rap sheet  —  Larry Sinclair is wanted in Colorado, but you can catch him today at the National Press Club.  —  Sinclair is familiar to political junkies and reporters as the source of outlandish allegations about Senator Barack Obama, tales that began with sex and drugs and moved on to murder.
Bernard Goldberg / Wall Street Journal:
Russert Took Media Bias Seriously  —  There have been millions of words written and spoken in the past few days about Tim Russert — words about how Tim knew his beat better than almost anyone in Washington, about how hard work was in his blue-collar DNA, and about what a decent guy he was.  All true.
Matthew Hay Brown / The Swamp:
House Dems anoint more challengers  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today added 14 more challengers to its Red to Blue program, which gives Democrats running in Republican districts access to party money and advice.  —  The new designees, who bring the Red to Blue list to 37 …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
DCCC - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Discussion: DCCC and Booman Tribune
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Calls for End to Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to end a federal ban on offshore oil drilling and open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration, asserting that those steps and others would lower gasoline prices and …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban
Jen DiMascio / The Crypt's Blogs:
GAO upends Air Force tanker award  —  The Government Accountability Office today upheld Boeing's protest of the Air Force's decision to award a $40 billion contract for new aerial refueling tankers to Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co, saying its review found the service made …
Discussion: The Swamp
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
G.A.O. Backs Boeing on Aerial Tanker Deal
Discussion: Truthdig
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Why We're Going to Win on Global Warming  —  Almost a year ago to the day, National Review published what turned out to be a somewhat controversial cover story on global warming in which I argued three things: (1) anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is real, (2) current projections …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and
Hank Hayes /
Bredesen says Obama ‘not real competitive’ in Volunteer State  —  KINGSPORT — Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is “not real competitive” with GOP opponent John McCain in Tennessee right now, Gov. Phil Bredesen admitted Tuesday.  —  “I think that unless it gets closer …
Reuters/Zogby Poll: Obama Leads McCain, But Wins No Big Bounce  —  Defeating Hillary Clinton and locking up the Democratic Party nomination fails to propel Obama forward  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Barack Obama holds an edge over Republican John McCain in the race for U.S. President …
Washington Post:
Edwards Wins Election to Congress  —  Democrat to Be First Black Woman Representing Md.  —  Democrat Donna F. Edwards was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives by voters in Montgomery and Prince George's counties yesterday, becoming the first black woman selected to serve Maryland in Congress.
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.
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