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9:55 AM ET, June 20, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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The Trail:   Williams Gets the Call for “Meet the Press”
ABCNEWS:
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.
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
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The Huffington Post:
Obama Shops NBC Olympic Ad Packages
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Guantanamo prisoner opens new era of court challenges  —  WASHINGTON — The Taliban tortured Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Ginco.  They thought he was a U.S. spy.  Then, U.S. soldiers called the Syrian native an enemy and shipped him to Guantanamo.  —  Now, Ginco will be turning a spotlight back on the Bush administration itself.
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
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Tom Lasseter / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Taliban ambassador wielded power within Guantanamo
Discussion: Blue Girl, Red State
ABCNEWS:
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 and Emptywheel
David Rogers / The Politico:
House approves war funds, GI benefits  —  A $186.5 billion wartime appropriations bill cleared the House Thursday evening together with new aid for the jobless and a landmark expansion of education benefits for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  Israel, Jordan and Mexico …
Discussion: New York Times and TIME.com
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Think Progress and Time
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Under fire from conservatives, McConnell hassles Democrats  —  Goaded by conservative activists in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) has begun harassing his Democratic colleagues.  —  Prominent right-wing groups are upset with McConnell over the small number …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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 …
Discussion: US News and Post Politics
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Majority of Americans Support Drilling in Off-Limits Areas
Mike Blanchfield / canada.com:
McCain brings trade talk to Ottawa
Agence France Presse:
Americans drive 4.5 billion fewer miles in April: report
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. Obama and the Tuskegee Superstition
Ian Dew-Becker / voxeu.org:
The rise in American inequality
Venus Williams / Times of London:
Al-Mahdi Army militias routed without a shot fired
Discussion: Commentary
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
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McCain's support among GOP women shows cracks
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Lifting Ban Wouldn't Be Immediate Fix for Oil
Southern Political Report:
McCain and Obama tied in Georgia
Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
Don't Miss the Zohan
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
On Private Conference Call, Hillary Urges Major Donors To Throw Weight Behind Obama
Discussion: NY Daily News and TIME.com