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9:50 AM ET, June 19, 2008


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David Weigel / Reason Magazine:
More Fun in Obamaconspiracyville: In Which Larry Sinclair Gets Arrested  —  I blogged a few weeks back about a convicted criminal, Larry Sinclair, who'd been begging the media to cover his wild allegations about Barack Obama.  Today Sinclair trotted into the National Press Club to air …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sinclair arrested, and other notes from the Press Club  —  A footnote to the story of Larry Sinclair, the gadfly whose long criminal record I wrote about this morning: He was arrested by Washington, D.C. police after his press conference there today, two officials at D.C.'s First District station confirmed to Politico.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Deals With Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back  —  BAGHDAD — Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
House, Bush reach deal on war supplemental  —  The House will vote on an emergency supplemental spending bill Thursday after Republican and Democratic leaders struck a deal with the White House late Wednesday, aides said.  —  The deal did not include the Senate, but House leaders were to present …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
Cindy McCain Presses Obama Patriotism Case  —  ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: Laura Bush may be ready to give Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her patriotism but Cindy McCain may not.  —  “I don't know why she said what she said,” Mrs. McCain explains in an interview …
Associated Press:   Cindy McCain visits Vietnam
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Another Democrat calls for nationalizing the oil industry  —  Submitted for your disapproval, in case you were wondering what the opposition had in mind as a counterpoint to McCain's proposal for 45 new nuclear reactors.  It's Maurice Hinchey, whom longtime HA readers will recall as someone brimming with sound theories.
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.
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Memo to Obama: You Can't Represent the Uprising While Undermining It
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   NAFTA Dancer now says he used “overheated” rhetoric
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Russert's Son Sounds a Theme of Unity at Funeral  —  WASHINGTON — In death, Tim Russert did on Wednesday what no living journalist has accomplished this campaign season: he got Barack Obama and John McCain to sit together and talk, quietly.  —  Specifically, it was Mr. Russert's son, Luke …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Rumsfeld repays McCain; declines to back candidate  —  Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently declined to answer whether he will support Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.  —  McCain, the GOP presidential standard-bearer, has been one of Rumsfeld's harshest critics.
Discussion: MyDD and The Raw Story
Dodd and CT residents speak out  —  By WTNH Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis, on Jun 18, 2008  —  (WTNH) _ Senator Chris Dodd's nearly 28 years as Connecticut's United States Senator is being seriously tested.  He says he thought the VIP treatment he got from Countrywide Financial …
Discussion: Macsmind and The Next Right
Harry Siegel / The Politico:
Specter of 2000 could haunt Obama  —  Until 2000, it hadn't happened in more than 100 years, but plugged-in observers from both parties see a distinct possibility of Barack Obama winning the popular vote but losing the Electoral College — and with it the presidency — to John McCain.
Americans drive 1.4 billion fewer highway miles  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer highway miles in April than they did in April 2007, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.  —  That marks the sixth consecutive monthly drop and coincides with record gas prices …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Donklephant
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
SUBPOENA BLITZ PUTS HEAT ON AL  —  IRS SEEKS INFO FROM TOP DONORS  —  The probe into the Rev. Al Sharpton's finances intensified this week, with the IRS sending out a flurry of subpoenas to his most generous corporate donors, The Post has learned.  —  Anheuser-Busch, the brewer of Budweiser …
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
Mark Halperin /
Obama Remarks on Detainees and Afghanistan  —  Good afternoon.  We just finished the first meeting of my new Senior Working Group on National Security.  We had a productive discussion about the challenges facing our nation, and I'm grateful that these distinguished men and women will be advising me in the months to come.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama rejects public financing  —  In a widely expected decision, Sen. Barack Obama announced this morning that his Democratic presidential bid will reject public financing, abandoning an earlier pledged to participate in the system if his Republican challenger agreed to do the same.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
New York Times:
Obama's Campaign Tightens Control of Image and Access  —  At a rally for Senator Barack Obama in Detroit on Monday, two Muslim women said they were prohibited from sitting behind the candidate because they were wearing head scarves and campaign volunteers did not want them to appear …
Michael B. Oren / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Truce With Hamas Is a Victory for Iran  —  Proponents of an Israeli-Palestinian accord are praising the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that went into effect this morning.  Yet even if the agreement suspends violence temporarily — though dozens of Hamas rockets struck Israel yesterday …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
McCain and Bush to Survey Iowa Flooding, Separately
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
McCain Sets Goal of 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
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Michelle Malkin:
The Obama/Pooh Photoshop collection
David Rogers / The Politico:
Clyburn herds a diverse flock
Jonathan Allen / CQ Politics:
House Latinas Deflect Courting by Obama
Jodi S. Cohen / Chicago Tribune:
Naming U. of C. research center after Nobel Prize winner has faculty split
Ben Johnson / Front Page Magazine:
Murtha Lied; Marines Were Tried (And Acquitted)
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Obama cuts an ad to help John Barrow in his primary fight
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The Obama Smear Merchants Keep On Smearin'
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Iraq law on Baathists not being implemented
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Michelle on The View  —  Okay, I watched it.  Or I tried.
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
McCain's Drilling Flip-Flop Is a Good First Step
Ali / Think Progress:
Feith Chickens Out Of Congressional Hearing On Torture, Refuses …