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5:20 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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Niccolo Obama
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 …
Patterico's Pontifications:
The Power of the Jump: L.A. Times Buries and Waters Down Evidence …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Fred Hiatt mean by “bipartisanship”  —  Update VI — first ad against Steny Hoyer -  —  Update VII — Obama announces support for warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty)  —  It's bad enough watching the likes of Steny Hoyer, Rahm Emanuel …
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.
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
FISA Passes in House
McClellan: Cheney should testify about CIA leak  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vice President Dick Cheney should testify before Congress about his role in the leaking of a CIA agent's identity, former White House spokesman Scott McClellan told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.
The Hill:
Cheney gets last laugh
Scott McClellan Testimony: Rove Is a Liar and Cheney an Oil-Hungry War-Monger
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 “Case Closed” - I Don't Think So
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 …
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 …
John M. Broder / The Caucus:
The Great Seal of Obamaland?  —  At a discussion with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago on Friday morning, each of the governors was identified with a small name plate but Senator Barack Obama sat behind a low rostrum to which was attached an official-looking seal no one had seen before.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON FISA  —  Obama on the FISA ‘Compromise’ ...
Discussion: If I Ran the Zoo and rubber hose
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Backing FISA “Compromise”
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White Patches Found in Mars Trench Are Ice, Scientists Say
Discussion: Below The Beltway
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
Matthew Yglesias:
Meet The New Boss  —  Jim Henley on Barack Obama's lack of leadership on FISA: “If the House and Senate leadership really did sneak the bill past him last week, which I'm not inclined to believe, still nothing stopped him from shutting them down this week.  Except if he either doesn't consider …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings and QandO
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” …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Coming on Sunday from ‘NYT’: Charlie Crist's Personal Life  —  With Florida Governor Charlie Crist now being seriously floated as a VP candidate for John McCain, all those old rumors that the longtime bachelor may be gay have gained new currency — along with reports about Crist dating several women.
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 and Gateway Pundit
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
Hating Science  —  Kathryn, Jonah, Yuval: Good points all …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Anna Jo Bratton / Associated Press:
Hagel says he'd consider VP offer from Obama
Marc Ambinder:
The General Election Map
Discussion: Commentary
Sen. John McCain / John McCain 2008:
ICYMI: “U.S. Shouldn't Put Vital Ties With Canada At Risk Over NAFTA”
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Obama Spokesman: I Don't Know His Stance On FISA
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
BREAKING: PdF2008 Hosts Obama-McCain Twitter Debate
Matthew Yglesias:
Ahmadenijad's Clarification
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog and QandO
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Countering race with class
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Ali / Think Progress:
Lamar Smith Compares McClellan To Judas, Declares 'It's Hard …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Woodhouse to DNC  —  The takeover of the Democratic National Committee …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“The Same Old Lie”
Martha Stewart refused entry to the UK
Discussion: Gawker
Flying without an ID comes to a controversial end
Discussion: TalkLeft