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1:05 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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:   Obama More Cynical Than Bill Clinton? Brooks Says Maybe
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Fred Hiatt mean by “bipartisanship”  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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 …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Former aide: Bush should tell all on CIA leak  —  WASHINGTON - A former White House spokesman told Congress on Friday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wanted him to say that Cheney's chief of staff wasn't involved in the leak of a CIA operative's identity, an assertion that turned out to be false.
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” …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
Culver aides: McCain ignored request to cancel Iowa visit  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An aide to Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday that Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignored the governor's request to cancel a campaign visit amid a massive flood recovery effort in the state.
Las Vegas Sun:
McCain meets with Hispanic leaders
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Driller Instinct  —  Blaming environmentalists for high energy prices, never mind the evidence, has been a hallmark of the Bush administration.  —  Thus, in 2001 Dick Cheney attributed the California electricity crisis to environmental regulations that, he claimed, were blocking power-plant construction.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Angry Bear
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
McCain's Oil Epiphany
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Webb splits with Obama over drilling  —  By pushing a bill that distances himself from the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate on offshore drilling, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia is picking a curious time to exercise his well-known independence.  —  Webb wants his home state …
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 …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Obama Asks NBC to Draw Up Olympics Ad Packages  —  But Could Such a Media Buy Be Too Much, Too Soon?  —  WASHINGTON ( — 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.
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The Line: Generic Ballot Distress for House GOP
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Kathleen Parker / Real Clear Politics:
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John McCain / Detroit Free Press:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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