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8:15 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON FISA  —  Obama on the FISA ‘Compromise’ ...
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Why Obama's Support For FISA Cave-In Is Such A Downer  —  Here's what's so dispiriting about it.  One of the riveting things about Barack Obama's candidacy is that since the outset of the campaign he's seemed absolutely dead serious about changing the way foreign policy is discussed and argued about in this country.
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 “compromise” FISA/amnesty bill -  —  Update VIII - Update IX)  —  It's bad enough watching the likes of Steny Hoyer …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Backing FISA “Compromise”  —  Obama's statement on the FISA “compromise” is in, and suffice it to say that it won't make opponents of the Dem cave-in very happy.  He's supporting it.  —  Here's the key part: … Full statement after the jump.  —  Late Update: My take on his decision is here.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Moderate Voice
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Where is Obama on the FISA fight? Obama responds! UPDATED 1,2, &3
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Obama Spokesman: I Don't Know His Stance On FISA
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 …
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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 …
Alex Koppelman / Salon:   MoveOn closes its 527 for good  —  On Friday, Talking Points …
Michael Hirsh / Newsweek:
Barack's Bounce  —  The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows the Democrat with a 15-point lead over McCain.  —  Barack finally has his bounce.  For weeks many political experts and pollsters have been wondering why the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain had stayed so tight …
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
The Great Seal of Obamaland?  —  At a discussion with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago on Friday morning, each of the governors was identified with a small name plate but Senator Barack Obama sat behind a low rostrum to which was attached an official-looking seal no one had seen before.
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.
Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Back Story AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms  —  In what may close one chapter and signal the beginning of another, the AP and Rogers Cadenhead of Drudge Retort have come to resolution on their dispute while leaving unresolved the central source of conflict in the case …
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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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The Hill:
Cheney gets last laugh
Discussion: The New Republic
Emptywheel:
Scott McClellan Testimony: Rove Is a Liar and Cheney an Oil-Hungry War-Monger
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: USA Today, The Swamp and The Plank
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Confidence in Congress: Lowest Ever for Any U.S. Institution
Discussion: The Trail and The Swamp
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 …
Lawrence B. Lindsey / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Turns FDR Upside Down  —  Sen. Barack Obama has a bad idea for “extending the life of Social Security.”  He has proposed applying the Social Security tax to incomes above $250,000, in addition to the current tax on incomes up to $102,000.  It's unfair, he explained …
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.
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say
Patterico's Pontifications:
The Power of the Jump: L.A. Times Buries and Waters Down Evidence That Obama Actually Broke a Public Financing Pledge  —  Last night, I was shocked to see that the L.A. Times had clearly and prominently told readers that Obama had made (and has now violated) a pledge to use public financing.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
In Ottawa, McCain eschews overt mention of politics  —  Seeming to abide by the “water's edge” rule of American politics, McCain pointedly avoided going after his rival today in Ottawa.  The words “Barack Obama” did not appear in his speech and, at a press conference afterward …
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Washington Post / The Trail:
Democrats Question Ambassador's Role in Organizing McCain Speech in Canada
Matthew Yglesias:
Meet The New Boss  —  Jim Henley on Barack Obama's lack of leadership on FISA: “If the House and Senate leadership really did sneak the bill past him last week, which I'm not inclined to believe, still nothing stopped him from shutting them down this week.  Except if he either doesn't consider …
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Lou Dobbs finds his reason to impeach Bush... food safety.
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
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Hagel says he'd consider VP offer from Obama
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