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1:20 PM ET, June 21, 2008

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Caren Bohan / Reuters:
Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear  —  JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.
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ABCNEWS:
Sparks Fly at Black Caucus Meeting  —  Just What Was Said Between the Presumptive Democratic Nominee and Clinton-Supporting Congresswoman?  —  A Thursday afternoon meeting between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus grew tense and emotional for a moment …
Karl / protein wisdom:
Barry O plays the race card, nurses his grudges  —  The general election is in November, but for Barry O, it is not too soon to start dealing the race card: … He made similar comments to his fatcat San Francisco donors in conjunction with his claim that people in small-towns in flyover country …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama alienates the editors  —  For most voters, Barack Obama's shift away from public financing is not as big a deal as the mounting death toll in Iraq, surging gas prices — or even what they're going to make for dinner tonight.  —  But Obama's announcement Thursday that he would become …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hot Air
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
McCain closes the cash gap against Obama  —  For the first time in the campaign, Republican John McCain in May raised about the same amount of money, $22 million, as Democrat Barack Obama.  —  McCain also closed the gap in the amount of cash the two parties' presumptive presidential nominees …
Paul Kane / The Trail:
Obama Supports FISA Legislation, Angering Left
Discussion: Hot Air and Blue Girl, Red State
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Republican National Committee Outraises Democratic National Committee Five Times  —  To Democrats now giddy about what appears to be a huge campaign funding advantage enjoyed by presumptive Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, you might control your giddiness: the RNC has out-raised …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain may lag in money, but RNC out-raises the DNC by 5 times  —  Led by chairman Mike Duncan, the Republican National Committee ended May with 13 times more money in the bank than its Democratic counterpart and raised five times as much money in the same time frame.
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
White House Dismissed Legal Advice On Detainees  —  Senior lawyers inside and outside the Bush administration repeatedly warned the White House that it was risking judicial scrutiny of its detention policies in Guantanamo Bay if it did not pursue a more pragmatic legal strategy that considered the likely reaction of the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Commentary and Prairie Weather
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M. Duss / Think Progress:
Report: Scalia's Claim That Released Gitmo Prisoners Have Killed …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Washington Post:
White House Refuses To Release Documents On Air-Quality Policy
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
NY Daily News:
Barack's seal, with a dis from Team Mac  —  Yes, he can.  But, really: Oh, no, he didn't!  —  Barack Obama's presidential campaign raised eyebrows and elicited snickers Friday when it unveiled the Obamamania version of the presidential seal.  —  At a meeting with Democratic governors in Chicago …
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Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Obama's Statement on FISA  —  Via e-mail. … In an interview today on Bloomberg's “Political Capital with Al Hunt” (no link yet), Sen. Reid said he would attempt to remove the amnesty provision in the bill. … That effort should be helped by Obama's opposition to the provision.
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Alayna Demartini / The Columbus Dispatch:
Science teacher dissed evolution  —  He taught creationism, report says  —  A Mount Vernon teacher undermined science instruction in the public school district by discrediting evolution in his classroom and focusing on creationism and intelligent design, an investigation has found.
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Doug Whiteman / Associated Press:
Ohio board votes to ax teacher accused of branding
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Corrente
New York Times:
Big Gains for Iraq Security, but Questions Linger  —  Baghdad residents in Abu Niwas Street park on the Tigris River.  Violence in all of Iraq is the lowest since March 2004, but the improvements are fragile.  More Photos >  —  BAGHDAD — What's going right?  And can it last?
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Says No Proof Needed in P2P Copyright Infringement Lawsuits  —  The Motion Picture Association of America said Friday intellectual-property holders should have the right to collect damages, perhaps as much as $150,000 per copyright violation, without having to prove infringement.
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
United Airlines to require minimum stays from Oct.  —  NEW YORK - United Airlines said Friday it will start requiring minimum stays for nearly all domestic flights beginning in October.  It is also raising its cheapest fares by as much as $90 one-way.  —  The second-largest U.S. carrier …
 
 
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Jay Mandle / Washington Post:
The Small-Donor Fallacy  —  Not long ago, Sen. Barack …