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4:25 AM ET, June 20, 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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Reach Deal To Expand Surveillance
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.
International Herald Tribune:
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 …
The Trail:
Williams Gets the Call for “Meet the Press”  —  Six days after Tim Russert's death, his replacement on “Meet the Press” has been named — at least for this Sunday.  —  Brian Williams, the NBC anchor and Russert's longtime friend, will fill the moderator's chair for the discussion of presidential politics and whatever else pops up.
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:   Brian Williams is temp replacement for Russert on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday
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.
Southern Political Report:
McCain and Obama tied in Georgia  —  A New InsiderAdvantage / PollPosition survey conducted June 18 of registered likely voters in the November presidential contest shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama by a single point in Georgia, making the race in Georgia a statistical tie.
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 …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WE MADE HIM DO IT!  —  Barack Obama has announced that he will go back on his pledge to accept public financing for the general election, and instead spend whatever he is able to raise.  Obama thus becomes the first major-party candidate to opt out of the Nixon-era public financing system.
Discussion: The Next Right and Redstate
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 …
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
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Gates As Obama SecDef?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
General who probed Abu Ghraib says Bush officials committed war crimes  —  WASHINGTON — The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing “war crimes” and called for those responsible to be held to account.
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?”
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Americans Proud to Have Obama, McCain as President  —  Whether John McCain or Barack Obama wins in November, a majority of Americans say they will be proud of the new president, according to a FOX News poll released Thursday.  —  About two-thirds would be at least somewhat proud …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Taking On McCain for a Comment on the War  —  The political action committees of the liberal political group MoveOn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees together paid more than $500,000 to run this advertisement this week in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, and on CNN and MSNBC.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Incredible.  Just incredible.  —  A story that got overlooked earlier …
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
For Bush, a New Town, a New Disaster, but Always the Memory of New Orleans
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Considering Olympic Games Ads on NBC
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
McCain's support among GOP women shows cracks
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Lifting Ban Wouldn't Be Immediate Fix for Oil
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain aide plays sexism card
Megan McArdle:
By request: hiring convicts
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Atrios / Eschaton:
Shorter Many Months Of Self-Righteousness
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Matthew Yglesias:
The Love  —  Foreign Policy lists five reasons to love $4 gasoline.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team McCain Conference Call: Fred Thompson on National Security
Discussion: TownHall Blog
John McCain 2008:
I Will Deliver Justice  —  Senator Obama is obviously confused …
Discussion: Commentary
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Oil uh oh
Human Events:
Outlook  — The widely expected pivot to the center …
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Rules for Threesomes  —  I did not want Corner readers to miss …
Discussion: TBogg and alicublog
US Department of Justice:
More Than 400 Defendants Charged for Roles in Mortgage Fraud Schemes …
Timothy P. Carney / Examiner:
Commentary - Bank of America PAC money behind Dodd's Countrywide loan
Discussion: Redstate and Commentary