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2:40 PM ET, June 18, 2008


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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
Amanda L. Pentler / NY Daily News:
Cindy McCain cooks up more controversy
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Battle of the Spouses: A Bit Better for Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Agence France Presse:
Republican Huckabee says don't denigrate Obama
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
No more family shots  —  In a Brody File interview …
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
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.
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 and The Impolitic
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
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The Court McCain Wants  —  Conservatives, seizing on the Supreme Court's ruling last week on Guantanamo detainees, want to turn the court into election fodder.  —  I hope they succeed.  —  No issue in this campaign is as simultaneously neglected and important.
Discussion: The Corner
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Obama advisers say bin Laden can appeal to U.S. courts
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush, reversing a longstanding position, will call on Congress on Wednesday to end a federal ban on offshore oil drilling, according to White House officials who say Mr. Bush now wants to work with states to determine where drilling should occur.
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.
Washington Post:
Mr. Zebari's Message  —  SEN. BARACK OBAMA told Iraq's foreign minister this week that he plans to visit the country between now and the presidential election.  We think that's a good thing, not because Sen. John McCain has been prodding the candidate to do it but because it will give …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
New York Post:
DON'T JUDGE JUDY BY HER PRICEY DIGS  —  HIGH-CLASS EVENING FOR MOMA  —  Last Update: 12:15 PM EDT  —  Page Six Home Cindy Adams Liz Smith Celebrity Photos Celebrity Sightings Page Six Magazine Cartoon Popwrap Michael Riedel  —  STICK WITH PRINT  —  TELEVISED news can't hold a candle to newspapers, according to Tom Wolfe.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Vulgarian at the Gate  —  In the razor-close and nationally important Senate race in Minnesota, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is presented with a unique political problem.  Should he raise in his ads the issue of comedian Al Franken's offensive vulgarity?
New York Times:
Mr. Bush v. the Bill of Rights  —  In the waning months of his tenure, President Bush and his allies are once again trying to scare Congress into expanding the president's powers to spy on Americans without a court order.  —  This week, the White House and Democratic and Republican leaders …
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TPM Election Central:
Rudy Emerges As McCain's Front Man On Terror, Bashes Obama As “Defensive”
Discussion: Raw Story and Wonkette
Jen DiMascio / The Crypt's Blogs:
GAO upends Air Force tanker award
Discussion: The Swamp and The Jed Report
John Koblin / New York Observer:
From Kicklines to Frontlines: Campbell Robertson Off to Iraq
Discussion: and Gawker
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Veracifier
Rose Garden / White House:
President Bush Discusses Energy
Washington Wire:
Michelle Obama Applauds Hillary Clinton on “The View”
Discussion: Raw Story
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Internet Traditions, Continued
Chris Hughes / Barack Obama:
Over One Million Supporters on Facebook
Discussion: techPresident
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
New Florida Rules Return More Than 115,000 Ex-Offenders to Voting Rolls
John / Argghhh!:
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Senator Viewed Mortgage Treatment as a ‘Courtesy’
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Why We're Gloomier Than The Economy
Claudia Parsons / Reuters:
Adviser denies Obama showed naivete on Jerusalem
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
CIA Played Larger Role In Advising Pentagon
Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Easing of laws that led to detainee abuse hatched in secret
Discussion: Think Progress
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Clinton takes month off