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9:10 AM 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.
Discussion: Commentary, alicublog and marbury
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 …
Discussion: marbury and
New York Times:
Public Funding on the Ropes  —  The excitement underpinning Senator Barack Obama's campaign rests considerably on his evocative vows to depart from self-interested politics.  Unfortunately, Mr. Obama has come up short of that standard with his decision to reject public spending limitations …
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and Hot Air
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama chose winning over his word
Discussion: Guardian and Swampland
Hindrocket / Power Line:
WE MADE HIM DO IT!  —  Barack Obama has announced that he will …
Discussion: The Next Right and TigerHawk
New York Times:
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 …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama Considering Olympic Games Ads on NBC  —  Is there such a thing as overexposure?  Barack Obama ads are everywhere on the internet.  They'll be coming to tv in 18 states and who knows how many radio stations.  —  Now, Obama is considering taking out ads on NBC for the Olympic Games.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
The Huffington Post:
Obama Shops NBC Olympic Ad Packages  —  Those tuning in to NBC Sports' Olympics coverage this year will see spots from General Motors, McDonald's, Budweiser, Nike and — just maybe — Sen. Barack Obama.  —  Though the Obama campaign is keeping mum about whether it will definitely run spots …
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.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Airs First General Election Ad
Washington Post:
Surveillance Bill Offers Protection To Telecom Firms  —  Deal Would Extend U.S. Wiretap Power, Shield Providers Facing Privacy Lawsuits  —  House and Senate leaders agreed yesterday on surveillance legislation that could shield telecommunications companies from privacy lawsuits …
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.
Former AG Accused of Playing Politics with Justice  —  Exclusive: Critic of Torture Policy Assured Job as US Attorney  —  Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, now under investigation for allegedly politicizing the Justice Department, ousted a top lawyer for failing to adopt …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
UDC Reaps a Bumper Crop From Agriculture Measure  —  School's Farming, Extension Programs May Get $10 Million  —  The giant federal farm bill passed by Congress this week will help Iowa corn growers.  It will help Kansas wheat barons.  It also will help James Allen, who dreams of bringing pigweed …
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 …
Venus Williams / Times of London:
Al-Mahdi Army militias routed without a shot fired  —  They came at dawn, thousands of Iraqi troops and US special forces on a mission to reclaim a lawless city from the militias who ran it.  —  By the end of the day, al-Amarah was under Iraqi Government control - without a shot being fired.
Discussion: Commentary
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. Obama and the Tuskegee Superstition  —  In February 2007, we noted a rare instance of agreement between this column and the New York Times editorial page.  The topic was whether 11- and 12-year-old girls should be vaccinated for the human papillomavirus.
John McCain 2008:
I Will Deliver Justice  —  Senator Obama is obviously confused …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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McCain brings trade talk to Ottawa
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Taliban ambassador wielded power within Guantanamo
Agence France Presse:
Americans drive 4.5 billion fewer miles in April: report
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The rise in American inequality
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Poll finds Americans know Michelle Obama more, like her less than Cindy McCain
Discussion: Political Machine
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Bad Blood and an Empty Chair
Discussion: TPMCafe
Gloucester Teens Had Pact To Get Pregnant
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Prosecutors Build Bear Stearns Case on E-Mails
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
 Earlier Items: 
Warren P. Strobel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
General who probed Abu Ghraib says Bush officials committed war crimes
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
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Taking On McCain for a Comment on the War
Megan McArdle:
By request: hiring convicts
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama apologizes to Muslim women; apology accepted
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Oil uh oh

From Mediagazer:

Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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