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10:30 AM ET, June 20, 2008


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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Two Obamas  —  God, Republicans are saps.  They think that they're running against some academic liberal who wouldn't wear flag pins on his lapel, whose wife isn't proud of America and who went to some liberationist church where the pastor damned his own country.
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Obama's Decision Threatens Public Financing System  —  From the moment that the public financing system was created in the wake of the Watergate crisis, it was viewed as an imperfect way to rid politics of the excesses of special-interest money.  —  But now, with the decision by Senator Barack …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN BREAKING THE LAW IN PLAIN SIGHT  —  I mentioned earlier today that it was quite a thing to see John McCain denouncing Barack Obama for breaking his word on public financing when McCain himself is at this moment breaking the law in continuing to spend over the spending limits he promised …
New York Times:
Public Funding on the Ropes
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Washington Post:
The Politics of Spare Change
Discussion: Hot Air and Redstate
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama chose winning over his word
Discussion: Guardian and Swampland
Lindsay Renick Mayer /
Obama Privatizes  —  Barack Obama told supporters this morning …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WE MADE HIM DO IT!  —  Barack Obama has announced that he will …
Discussion: The Next Right and TigerHawk
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Asks NBC to Draw Up Olympics Ad Packages  —  But Could Such a Media Buy Be Too Much, Too Soon?  —  WASHINGTON ( — Those tuning in to NBC Sports' Olympics coverage this year will see spots from General Motors, McDonald's, Budweiser, Nike and — just maybe — Sen. Barack Obama.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ghosts in the GOP attack machine  —  In a web video emailed to supporters Thursday, Barack Obama explained that he was opting out of the public financing system because John McCain is “not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups who will spend millions …
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Obama Poised for Huge Cash Edge
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
U.S. Says Exercise by Israel Seemed Directed at Iran  —  WASHINGTON — Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.  —  Several American officials …
New York Post:
CABLE GUYS LUST FOR TIM'S JOB  —  TIM Russert's body wasn't even cold in the ground before MSNBC anchors Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann started jockeying for his job, sources claim.  —  Matthews was heard loudly discussing what seemed to be his strategy for landing Russert's “Meet the Press” …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and JammieWearingFool
The Trail:   Williams Gets the Call for “Meet the Press”
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems excited, GOP wary of McClellan's testimony  —  House Democrats are eagerly preparing for Friday's testimony by former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, but Republicans seem unsure of how to handle the president's unlikely critic.  —  Both Democrats and Republicans …
Jennifer Duck / ABCNEWS:
Bush Says Dems to Blame for High Gas Prices
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Webb splits with Obama over drilling  —  By pushing a bill that distances himself from the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate on offshore drilling, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia is picking a curious time to exercise his well-known independence.  —  Webb wants his home state …
Discussion: US News and Post Politics
EXCLUSIVE: Hezbollah Poised to Strike?  —  Officials Say “Sleeper Cells” Activated in Canada  —  Intelligence agencies in the United States and Canada are warning of mounting signs that Hezbollah, backed by Iran, is poised to mount a terror attack against “Jewish targets” somewhere outside the Middle East.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Life's Lesson  —  When somebody dies, we tell his story and try to define and isolate what was special about it—what it was he brought to the party, how he enhanced life by showing up.  In this way we educate ourselves about what really matters.  Or, often, re-educate ourselves, for “man needs more to be reminded than instructed.”
Discussion: The Corner and Connecting.the.Dots
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say  —  After a decade of shouting, “Follow the water!” in its exploration of Mars, NASA can finally say that one of its spacecraft has reached out, touched water ice and scooped it up.  —  Now, scientists will be able to tackle …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Former AG Accused of Playing Politics with Justice  —  Exclusive: Critic of Torture Policy Assured Job as US Attorney  —  Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, now under investigation for allegedly politicizing the Justice Department, ousted a top lawyer for failing to adopt …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Emptywheel
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
McCain's Oil Epiphany  —  Gas is $4 a gallon.  Oil is $135 a barrel and rising.  We import two-thirds of our oil, sending hundreds of billions of dollars to the likes of Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.  And yet we voluntarily prohibit ourselves from even exploring huge domestic reserves of petroleum and natural gas.
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Austin Bay Blog:
UPDATED: The House and the war supplemental …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama, Hillary Clinton to campaign together
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Culver aides: McCain ignored request to cancel Iowa visit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Under fire from conservatives, McConnell hassles Democrats
David Rogers / The Politico:
House approves war funds, GI benefits
Discussion: New York Times and
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Guantanamo prisoner opens new era of court challenges
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Support Drilling in Off-Limits Areas
Ian Dew-Becker /
The rise in American inequality
 Earlier Items: 
Venus Williams / Times of London:
Al-Mahdi Army militias routed without a shot fired
Discussion: Washington Post and Commentary
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Bad Blood and an Empty Chair
Discussion: TPMCafe
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
UDC Reaps a Bumper Crop From Agriculture Measure
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Lifting Ban Wouldn't Be Immediate Fix for Oil
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Don't Miss the Zohan
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
On Private Conference Call, Hillary Urges Major Donors To Throw Weight Behind Obama
Discussion: NY Daily News and