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10:20 PM ET, June 19, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Bush's latest powers, courtesy of the Democratic Congress  —  CQ reports (sub. req.) that “a final deal has been reached” on FISA and telecom amnesty and “the House is likely to take up the legislation Friday.”  I've now just read a copy of the final “compromise” bill.  It's even worse than expected.
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Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Reach Deal To Expand Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — After more than a year of partisan acrimony over government surveillance powers, Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed to a bipartisan deal that would be the most sweeping rewrite of spy powers in three decades.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Deal Reached in Congress to Rewrite Rules on Wiretapping  —  WASHINGTON — After months of wrangling, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the rules on the government's wiretapping powers and provide what amounts to legal immunity to the phone companies …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S SOME COMPROMISE  —  Who really thinks that the White House …
Discussion: War and Piece
Josh Patashnik / The New Republic:
How Bad Is the FISA Deal?
Matthew Yglesias:
My Mom's White!  And I'm From America!  —  I feel like Barack Obama's new general election ad is a bit unsubtle.  —  The campaign says they're running it on a very aggressive 18 state play that includes Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Country I Love’  —  This patriotic ad, in which Obama says he was raised with “values straight from the Kansas heartland,” is a reminder of the resources Obama will be able to put behind telling his own story his way, centered on the “deep and abiding faith in the country I love.”
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's New Patriotic, Family Values Ad
Discussion: The Fix and SquareState.net
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Obama to Break Promise, Opt Out of Public Financing for General Election  —  In a web video to supporters — “the people who built this movement from the bottom up” — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, announced this morning that he will not enter into the public financing system, despite a previous pledge to do so.
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New York Times:
Obama Opts Out of Public Financing for Campaign
David Nather / Beyond the Dome:
Obama's Ethics Allies are Not Pleased
TPM Election Central:
Obama Cuts Ad For Conservative Pro-War House Dem  —  Barack Obama has cut a radio spot for conservative Dem Rep. John Barrow of Georgia, who favors staying in Iraq and favors immunity for the telecom companies, and he's taking a beating from liberal bloggers over it.
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Joe Klein / Time:
In with the Old  —  Barack Obama has never been shy about comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.  He did so when he announced his candidacy at the Illinois state capitol, where both he and Lincoln served in the legislature.  “The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Gates As Obama SecDef?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Oil uh oh  —  When I first heard McCain come out for drilling offshore for Oil, I knew something must have shifted in public opinion over the matter, especially when FL Gov Crist came out for it: … Rasmussen has more on the polling, in FL, in OH, and nationally.
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Oil policy may spell trouble for McCain this fall
Discussion: Macsmind
US Department of Justice:
More Than 400 Defendants Charged for Roles in Mortgage Fraud Schemes as Part of Operation “Malicious Mortgage”  —  Two Senior Managers of Failed Bear Stearns Hedge Funds Indicted Today in Separate Mortgage-Related Securities Fraud Case  —  WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice and Federal Bureau …
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Associated Press:
Hundreds indicted in mortgage fraud probe
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John McCain 2008:
I Will Deliver Justice  —  Senator Obama is obviously confused about what the United States Supreme Court decided and what he is calling for.  After enthusiastically embracing the Supreme Court decision granting habeas in U.S. civilian courts to dangerous terrorist detainees …
Discussion: Commentary
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama apologizes to Muslim women; apology accepted  —  Sen. Barack Obama today called the two Muslim women who were barred from sitting behind him at his Detroit rally to apologize, one of the women and two other sources said.  —  “Sen. Obama called himself and he apologized to each of us …
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
It's a delicate dance, and John McCain is ‘liable to break a hip’  —  Long-time readers know that I've been emphasizing John McCain's dozens of major policy flip-flops for months now, hoping that this would a) catch on as a campaign issue; and b) undermine McCain's unearned reputation for principled stands on the issues.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and rubber hose
Timothy P. Carney / Examiner:
Commentary - Bank of America PAC money behind Dodd's Countrywide loan  —  WASHINGTON (Map, News) - “We call it the ‘Bank of America bill on steroids.’” A House staffer told me that, demanding anonymity, but speaking on behalf of aides to GOP members of the House Financial Services Committee.
Discussion: Commentary and Redstate
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Brian Williams is temp replacement for Russert on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday  —  NEW YORK — NBC executives decided today that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will host “Meet the Press” this Sunday as the network ponders a permanent replacement for moderator Tim Russert.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Iowa Flooding Could Be An Act of Man, Experts Say  —  As the Cedar River rose higher and higher, and as he stacked sandbags along the levee protecting downtown Cedar Falls, Kamyar Enshayan, a college professor and City Council member, kept asking himself the same question: “What is going on?”
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Don't Miss the Zohan  —  If you've seen the trailer for Adam Sandler's new movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan, it may be tempting to write it off as yet another low-brow comedy aimed at fifteen-year-old boys and best avoided by everyone else.  But wait.  After Hollywood's recent spate …
Kathleen Kingsbury / Time:
Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High  —  As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year.  Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip.  Others blamed hit movies like Juno …
Discussion: TownHall Blog, Pat Dollard and Wizbang
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Taking On McCain for a Comment on the War
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
On Private Conference Call, Hillary Urges Major Donors To Throw Weight Behind Obama
Discussion: Pajamas Media and TIME.com
Springfield News-Leader:
McCain talks energy at MSU
Discussion: The Corner
Megan McArdle:
By request: hiring convicts
Atrios / Eschaton:
Shorter Many Months Of Self-Righteousness
Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
Bradley-Wilder 2008?  —  What is a better measure of the race …
Matthew Yglesias:
The Love  —  Foreign Policy lists five reasons to love $4 gasoline.
Discussion: Commentary
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team McCain Conference Call: Fred Thompson on National Security
Discussion: TownHall Blog
 Earlier Items: 
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The '08 Battles for the U.S. Senate
Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
Kyl-Lieberman on Steroids?  Impeachment Champion Endorses Naval Blockade of Iran
Human Events:
Outlook  — The widely expected pivot to the center …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Americans Proud to Have Obama, McCain as President
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Rules for Threesomes  —  I did not want Corner readers to miss …
Discussion: TBogg and alicublog
Scott Horton / The New Republic:
Travel Advisory  —  The U.S. isn't likely to try Bush …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Lieberman's Democratic ties frayed
Discussion: American Power