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4:55 PM 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.
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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Niccolo Obama
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:   Obama More Cynical Than Bill Clinton? Brooks Says Maybe
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Fred Hiatt mean by “bipartisanship”  —  Update VI — first ad against Steny Hoyer -  —  Update VII — Obama announces support for warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty)  —  It's bad enough watching the likes of Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emanuel …
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Washington Post:
House Passes Compromise Wiretapping Bill  —  The House today overwhelmingly approved a sweeping new surveillance law that effectively would shield telecommunications companies from privacy lawsuits for cooperating with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
CNN:
McClellan: Cheney should testify about CIA leak  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney should testify before Congress about his role in the leaking of a CIA agent's identity, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.
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Emptywheel:
Scott McClellan Testimony: Rove Is a Liar and Cheney an Oil-Hungry War-Monger
The Hill:
Cheney gets last laugh
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Settles Dispute with Drudge Retort  —  Late Thursday night, AP issued the following statement after a day-long discussion of the DMCA takedowns issued to the Drudge Retort that reached all the way up to the company's top management: … I'm glad that my personal legal dispute with the AP is resolved …
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Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Back Story AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms
Cernig / Newshoggers.com:   AP Says “Case Closed” - I Don't Think So
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Bloomberg Criticizes ‘Whisper Campaign’ Around Obama  —  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Injecting himself directly into the presidential campaign and speaking before one of its most crucial constituencies, Jewish voters, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday morning forcefully rejected what he called a …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Exclusive: MoveOn To Close Its 527 In Response To Obama's Candidacy  —  MoveOn, the advocacy group supporting Barack Obama, has decided to permanently shutter its 527 operation, partly in response to the Illinois Senator's insistence that such groups should not spend on his behalf during the general election …
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Mars Phoenix Tweets: “We Have ICE!”  —  There is water ice on Mars within reach of the Mars Phoenix Lander, NASA scientists announced Thursday.  —  Photographic evidence settles the debate over the nature of the white material seen in photographs sent back by the craft.
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON FISA  —  Obama on the FISA ‘Compromise’ ...
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo and rubber hose
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%  —  Obama's margin over McCain slightly smaller than in previous days  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama with 46% of the support of registered voters and John McCain at 44%.  This is a slightly smaller margin …
Discussion: The Swamp and TalkLeft
John / Argghhh!:
A REPORT FROM THE PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM FRONT.  —  Joe Honan reports in from Embedded Reconstruction Team Ramadi.  This is not your Uncle's DoD, as Joe is a surface sailor from JFCOM who's working with the Marines as an agriculture facilitator.  It's too bad the Navy doesn't get it about sailors like Joe.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
BREAKING: PdF2008 Hosts Obama-McCain Twitter Debate  —  We're pleased to announce a first for the Internet Election of 2008: Starting tonight, a designated representative of both of the major presidential campaigns are going to participate in a free-wheeling debate on technology and government …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Coming on Sunday from ‘NYT’: Charlie Crist's Personal Life  —  With Florida Governor Charlie Crist now being seriously floated as a VP candidate for John McCain, all those old rumors that the longtime bachelor may be gay have gained new currency — along with reports about Crist dating several women.
Discussion: Towleroad.com
 
 
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Washington Post / The Trail:
Democrats Question Ambassador's Role in Organizing McCain Speech in Canada
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Obama Spokesman: I Don't Know His Stance On FISA
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Matthew Yglesias:
Meet The New Boss  —  Jim Henley on Barack Obama's lack …
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE DEMOCRATS' MORTGAGE SCANDAL CONTINUES
Ali / Think Progress:
Lamar Smith Compares McClellan To Judas, Declares 'It's Hard …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Woodhouse to DNC  —  The takeover of the Democratic National Committee …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“The Same Old Lie”
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Telegraph:
Martha Stewart refused entry to the UK
Discussion: Gawker
CNN:
Flying without an ID comes to a controversial end
Discussion: TalkLeft
Bill O'Reilly / billoreilly.com:
Hell No, Baby Alex Won't Go
Discussion: The Room
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Culver aides: McCain ignored request to cancel Iowa visit