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3:30 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Niccolo Obama
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Marc Ambinder
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:   Obama More Cynical Than Bill Clinton? Brooks Says Maybe
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Brooks & Obama  —  From a longtime liberal reader:
Discussion: The American Scene
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Fred Hiatt mean by “bipartisanship”  —  It's bad enough watching the likes of Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emanuel and a disturbingly disoriented Nancy Pelosi eviscerate the Fourth Amendment, exempt their largest corporate contributors from the rule of law …
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.
House Approves Unconstitutional Surveillance Legislation  —  Contact: (202) 675-2312 or  —  Washington, DC - Following a vote in the House of Representatives sanctioning warrantless wiretapping and handing immunity to telecommunications companies for their role in domestic spying …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Passes in House
McClellan says he can't rule out Cheney in CIA leak  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A former Bush spokesman said Friday he did not think the president knew about the leak of a CIA agent's identity, but refused to give the same assurances about Vice President Dick Cheney.
Discussion: Shakesville and The News Buckit
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Veto Threatened for Housing Bill
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 …
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 …
Cernig /   AP Says “Cased Closed” - I Don't Think So
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say  —  After a decade of shouting, “Follow the water!” in its exploration of Mars, NASA can finally say that one of its spacecraft has reached out, touched water ice and scooped it up.  —  Now, scientists will be able to tackle …
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 …
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” …
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
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Meet The New Boss  —  Jim Henley on Barack Obama's lack …
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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
Martha Stewart refused entry to the UK
Discussion: Gawker
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Hell No, Baby Alex Won't Go
Discussion: The Room
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Driller Instinct  —  Blaming environmentalists for high energy prices …
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Culver aides: McCain ignored request to cancel Iowa visit
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
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Asks NBC to Draw Up Olympics Ad Packages

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR suspended Uri Berliner for five days without pay, starting on April 12, after he wrote an essay accusing NPR of losing the public's trust

Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok signs a deal with ticketing provider AXS to let users buy tickets to live events in the US, UK, and more; TikTok has had a Ticketmaster deal since 2022

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