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3:30 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Who's playing the race card? Update: Audio added
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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 …
M. Duss / Think Progress:
Report: Scalia's Claim That Released Gitmo Prisoners Have Killed Americans Is An ‘Urban Legend’  —  A new report from the Seton Hall University School of Law explodes the myth that some 30 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay prison have “returned to the battlefield” against American forces.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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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.
Washington Post:
White House Refuses To Release Documents On Air-Quality Policy
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama gets his own nifty Great Seal; all he needs now is votes  —  Just before the president of the United States makes an appearance at a speech, a usually tall, muscular person with a machine gun hanging under his suit coat quietly walks on stage and hangs the presidential seal on the podium front.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%  —  Race about tied for second straight day  —  PRINCETON, NJ — At the start of the long summer in which John McCain and Barack Obama will hone their messages and strive to fill their campaign coffers before the crucial fall campaign season …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Other McCain
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's support for the FISA “compromise”  —  (updated below)  —  In the past 24 hours, specifically beginning with the moment Barack Obama announced that he now supports the Cheney/Rockefeller/Hoyer House bill, there have magically arisen — in places where one would never have expected to find them …
Jerusalem Post:
ElBaradei: I'll resign if Iran attacked  —  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamad ElBaradei, will quit his position in the event of a military strike on Iran, according to a Reuters report Friday.  —  The report quoted him as warning that any military offensive …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's War Chest Drives a 50-State Strategy  —  Senator Barack Obama is drawing up plans for extensive advertising and voter-turnout drives across the nation, hoping to capitalize on his expected fund-raising advantage over Senator John McCain to force Republicans to compete in states they have not had to defend in decades.
Discussion: The New Republic
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?
Mary C. Curtis / Washington Post:
The Loud Silence Of Feminists  —  Michelle Obama has become an issue in the presidential campaign even though she isn't running for anything.  An educated, successful lawyer, devoted wife and caring mother has been labeled “angry” and unpatriotic and snidely referred to as Barack Obama's “baby mama.”
 
 
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Marc Ambinder / National Journal Online:
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Rocky Mountain News:
Take Denver off the hook, Sen. Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
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How to Complicate Habeas Corpus
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Retroactive immunity: frustration and disappointment
Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Big Promises Bump Into Budget Realities
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Jay Mandle / Washington Post:
The Small-Donor Fallacy  —  Not long ago, Sen. Barack …
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
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