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1:45 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.
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 …
Washington Post:
The Politics of Spare Change  —  BARACK OBAMA isn't abandoning his pledge to take public financing for the general election campaign because it's in his political interest.  Certainly not.  He isn't about to become the first candidate since Watergate to run an election fueled entirely …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Niccolo Obama  —  I can't say I care and see no reason why public financing is somehow morally superior to hundreds of thousands of small donors.  But if you want to see a Democrat prepared to take a short-term hit in order to score a real long-term advantage over his opponent, Obama's your man:
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 …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Obama More Cynical Than Bill Clinton?  Brooks Says Maybe  —  David Brooks pronounces himself stunned by the depths of Obama's ruthlessness and cynicism in response to yesterday's public financing announcement.  Brooks makes several valid points, but I think he's wrong to be so shocked (or …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Brooks & Obama  —  From a longtime liberal reader: … My e-friend is referring to the fact that Obama is referring to Brooks column today in which he argues that Obama is much tougher, smarter and more serious than those “saps” — AKA Republicans — think.  He concludes:
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 …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Obama Poised for Huge Cash Edge  —  Democrats Could Swamp McCain With $500 Million in Final Two Months  —  Sen. Barack Obama's decision to forgo public financing for his presidential campaign clears the way for him to outspend Sen. John McCain by 3-to-1 or substantially more in the general election …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Woodhouse to DNC  —  The takeover of the Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
McClellan says he can't rule out Cheney in CIA leak
Discussion: The News Buckit
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Fred Hiatt mean by “bipartisanship”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III - Update IV)  —  It's bad enough watching the likes of Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emanuel and a disturbingly disoriented Nancy Pelosi eviscerate the Fourth Amendment …
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
McCain Double-Talk on Immigration?  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met Wednesday evening with Hispanic Republicans in Chicago.  —  In an Associated Press story about the meeting, one quote jumped out at me: “He's one John McCain in front of white Republicans.
Discussion: Hot Air
Las Vegas Sun:
McCain meets with Hispanic leaders
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 …
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” …
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.
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and
Bill O'Reilly /
Hell No, Baby Alex Won't Go  —  Have you seen the Baby Alex political ad that the radical left, George Soros-funded organization has produced?  To some, it plays like a Saturday Night Live skit, but the intent is deadly serious: to damage John McCain.
Martha Stewart refused entry to the UK  —  Martha Stewart has been refused a visa to Britain because of her criminal convictions for obstructing justice, the Daily Telegraph has learned.  —  The lifestyle guru, convicted four years ago in the US for obstructing justice …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Glenna Whitley / Dallas Observer:
American Girls  —  Crossing between American and Egyptian cultures …
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana may be in play  —  Obama running campaign ad here; McCain plans Indy appearance
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Driller Instinct  —  Blaming environmentalists for high energy prices …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Angry Bear
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama, Hillary Clinton to campaign together
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Life's Lesson  —  When somebody dies, we tell his story …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Webb splits with Obama over drilling
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Under fire from conservatives, McConnell hassles Democrats
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Asks NBC to Draw Up Olympics Ad Packages
Former AG Accused of Playing Politics with Justice
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Emptywheel